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New Mexico Cup Recap

State-breds compete for more than $800K at Zia Park.

October 28, 2012

Zia Park on Sunday held its annual New Mexico Cup to celebrate state-breds, and American Quarter Horses competed in four stakes for more than $800,000 in purses.

The richest race of the day for Quarter Horses or Thoroughbreds, the $293,550 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2) at 400 yards, went to one of the longest shots in the field as Ted Rushing and Derol Hubbard’s Dashin Ace scored at odds of 35-1. Jose Montoya rode the Dash Ta Fame gelding for trainer Michael Joiner and traveled the distance in :19.674 while winning by a neck.

Bred in New Mexico by MJ Farms out of the Grade 3-winning Shazoom mare Ace Crystal Charm, Dashin Ace had hit the board in four of his five prior starts but this marked his first career victory. He posted the sixth-fastest time in the trials and came into the final with a record of 5-0-1-3 and earnings of $8,124. This victory earned him a rich payday of $140,905.

Jaimie Dominguez’s Jess A Satin Chicks, a 14-1 shot sired by Chicks A Blazin, rallied to take second. Even-money favorite Gonna Cha Cha put in a strong effort to finish third for owners Brenda and Norma Alvarez and Debra Laney. The Gonna Ro Sham Bo gelding was seeking his third stakes victory after capturing the Zia Futurity (RG1) and All American Juvenile Invitational (R).

The $208,321 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2) went to Johnny Martinez, Dwayne Johnson and Lisa Saumell’s First Blazin Love, who prevailed by a half-length with Jesse Levario up for trainer Paul Jones. The Mike Abraham-bred colt by Chicks A Blazin stopped the timer at :21.728 for 440 yards.

This marked the second career stakes win for First Blazin Love, who also won the Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) in January at Sunland Park. The colt has won five times in 12 trips to the post and his earnings now stand at $289,355.

Alagar Racing LLC’s RCJ Major Storm, a recent stakes winner at Albuquerque, finished a clear second. Ramon Alvarez and Beda Prieto’s Two Shine took third.

In the $170,360 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Cup Championship (RG1), G.R. Carter Jr. piloted Mary and Melvin Neugebauer’s homebred Miracle Snow to a neck victory as the 5-2 second favorite. The 8-year-old gelding by Dean Miracle sprinted 440 yards in :21.686.

For Miracle Snow, a veteran of 46 races, this became his richest career victory and boosted his bankroll to $554,382. The gelding has three other stakes victories, all at Albuquerque, and has placed in 13 other stakes with an overall record of 46-13-10-9. He has now finished in the top three for 10 consecutive races.

Jaime Dominguez’s Fury Of The Storm, a two-time stakes winner and the 3-2 favorite, battled with Miracle Snow all the way and finished a strong second. Ron Stephens’ homebred Klassic Strawfly took third.

In the $140,240 New Mexico Classic Cup 870 Championship (R), Carla Feerer and Kathryn Maynard’s homebred KC Royal Flush overcome a troubled and wide trip to prevail by a neck over 3-5 favorite Rollickin Red. Brian Theriot rode the 5-year-old Sixes Royal gelding for trainer Dominic Duree and got the 870-yard distance in :46.577.

KC Royal Flush picked up his first stakes victory of the year after taking the John Augustine Stakes (R) and Challenger Six Handicap (R) last year. All told, the gelding has won seven of 36 starts with earnings of $304,736.

Rollickin Red, a Roll Hennessy Roll (TB) gelding who came in with six consecutive wins, put in a game effort under jockey Casey Lambert but had to settle for second. The gelding, who runs for Rollickin Red Partners of El Paso, broke his maiden against claiming company going 350 yards in February 2011 and then had won all five of his starts at 870. Aldavaz Hermenegildo’s Tecate N Lyme crossed the wire third.