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Jump Down Azoom Heads West Texas

Azoom gelding looks for a third consecutive win at Sunland on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal
February 28, 2013

Crowson Racing’s Jump Down Azoom looks to push his record at Sunland Park to three-for-three when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the $95,400 West Texas Maturity (G2) on Saturday afternoon.

Jump Down Azoom (Azoom-Jump Down First by First Down Dash) raced to wins in his two starts at Sunland Park this winter while rising up in class. He made his local debut for trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores when he won a conditioned allowance race in a sharp :16.95 for 350 yards with a tailwind. He fought for the neck win with a hand ride.

The 4-year-old gelding stepped up in his West Texas Maturity trial when he raced to a half-length win in the last of three trials. His time of :19.276 for 400 yards topped the qualifiers’ list.

Rodriguez-Flores also saddles Jess Cuervo (Corona Cartel-Jessica Ravin by Mr Jess Perry) for owner Anna Crowson. The Grade 1-placed runner has won each of his two Sunland Park starts in impressive fashion as the favorite in each race. After taking a $28,000 allowance race by 1 1/2 lengths, he won his West Texas Maturity trial by three quarters of a length, with the fifth-fastest time of :19.483.

Valle Guadiana Corp.’s Tres Seis Nueve (Tres Seis-Ya Ya Sisterhood by Chicks Beduino) hasn’t found the winner’s circle in four starts during the meet, however has three second-place runs and a third-place finish. The Juan Gonzalez-trained gelding finished second to Jump Down Azoom in their trial as the 2-1 favorite. He was timed in the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.354.

Tres Seis Nueve earned that favoritism after finishing a close second behind Our First Corona (Corona Cartel-Hawk Three by Fishers Dash), who also races in the West Texas Maturity, in the Sunland Park Winter Derby (G2) and then third to JD Baccarat in the KOFX-FM Handicap (G3).