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Q-Racing JournalFebruary 12, 2014
The top-two finishers in the $290,656 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) – Woodys Allstar and Kia Won – return for a rematch in the $85,000 NMHBA Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-breds over 400 yards on Sunday at Sunland Park.
Owned by Joe Dee Brooks, Ted Rushing and Lee Lewis, Woodys Allstar (Woodbridge-Starsmith by Tres Seis) scored her first stakes win when she took the Shue Fly by a neck as the 9-10 favorite in :19.06 for the 400 yards. She earned that favoritism after setting the fastest-qualifying time from seven trials.
That Shue Fly trial was her return from a seven-month layoff. A year ago at Sunland Park she won her New Mexican Spring Futurity trial in her first start and then raced to a third-place finish in the $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2), her last out before her extended layoff.
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Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios’ Kia Won (Ketel Won-Major Kia by Major Rime) is after his first stakes win since taking the $50,000 New Mexican Spring Fling last April at Sunland Park. The gelding turned in his best effort since the Spring Fling when he finished just a neck behind Woodys Allstar in the Shue Fly for trainer Gene Burden.
Kia Won qualified for the $409,434 Zia Futurity (RG1) at Ruidoso Downs and the $288,830 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park last year.
J and M Racing and Farm’s Kaydns Krusader (Sixes Royal-Total Miracle by Dean Miracle) looks to regain his top form. Last summer at Ruidoso Downs, he was second in the Zia Futurity and third in the $357,030 Mountain Top Futurity (R). The member of the Kris Cordova stable then qualified for the New Mexico Classic Futurity.
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