Moonifisant Leads Spring Futurity
Fastest qualifier looks for a stakes win on Sunday.
April 4, 2013
Impressive fastest-qualifier Moonifisant takes on a field stocked with five prospects bred by MJ Farms in the $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for New Mexico-breds on Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park.
Also on the program is the $107,370 Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge for older horses.
Moonifisant (Sixes Royal-Nagano Moon by Major Rime) is a half-brother to champion First Moonflash and has done everything asked of him for owners Peter Gallegos, Robert Sanchez and Patricia Gonzalez. The Juan Gonzalez-trained colt won his maiden by a neck at first asking and then stepped up to set the fastest qualifying time to the New Mexican Spring Futurity. He was timed in :15.007 for 300 yards while dominating by 3 lengths in the last of 10 trials.
MJ Farms will be very well represented as the breeders of five finalists, including the second-, third- and fourth-fastest qualifiers. Their breeding program also produced the ninth- and 10th-fastest qualifiers – the half-brothers Patrick James (Jesse James Jr-Sandys Fame by Dash Ta Fame) and Spiced Swissle (Swissle Stick (TB)-Sandys Fame by Dash Ta Fame).
Second-fastest qualifier Woodys Allstar (Woodbridge-Starsmith by Tres Seis) made his career debut in his trial and won by 1 1/2 lengths with a :15.039 time. He is trained by Mike Joiner and owned by the partnership of Joe Dee Brooks, Ted Rushing, Scott Bryant and Lee Lewis.
David and Ross Hinkins’ third-fastest qualifier Jess Sandy Jr (Jesse James Jr-Dashin Sandy by Streakin Dash) stepped forward in his trial after finishing third in his first start. He won his trial by a game head in :15.084.
Gary Thompson’s fourth-fastest qualifier Threedeewoodee (Woodbridge-Three Dee Dreams by Heza Fast Man) won his trial at first asking by a half length. The Dick Powell-trained gelding stopped the timer in :15.100.
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