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Woodys Allstar Chases First Stakes Win

Fastest qualifier looks to return at Sunland.

Q-Racing Journal
December 31, 2013

Joe Dee Brooks, Ted Rushing and Lee Lewis’ Woodys Allstar looks for her first stakes win on January 4 in the $292,650 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) after returning from an eight-month layoff to impressively post the fastest-qualifying time to the 400-yard dash for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds.

Woodys Allstar (Woodbridge-Starsmith by Tres Seis) returned to win the fifth of seven trials by 1 3/4 lengths with the quickest time of :18.939 and become the only horse to better the :19.0 mark. That win established her as not just a horse to watch in the Shue Fly Stakes, but also a filly on the radar in all of the upcoming sophomore races for trainer Mike Joiner.

The filly showed promise last spring at Sunland Park before her layoff, when she won her maiden at first asking by 1 1/2 lengths in her New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) trial. She then finished third in the $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity to Moonifisant (Sixes Royal-Nagano Moon by Major Rime) in April before her layoff.

While Woodys Allstar has been sidelined since the New Mexican Spring Futurity, Moonifisant has been busy. He was third as the 7-10 favorite to Woodys Allstar in their trial with the sixth-fastest qualifying time. This past summer at Ruidoso Downs, he was second by a nose in his non-qualifying All American Futurity (G1) trial and then third against state-breds in the $288,830 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2) in October.

Dosi and Norma Alvarez’s homebred Osaka Moon (Chicks A Blazin-Dash Ta Moon by Dash Ta Fame) should be a factor after dominating her trial by a length with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.188, more than the equivalent of one length slower than Woodys Allstar.

Osaka Moon has been on the board in each of her five starts since finishing fifth in her career debut. She won the $20,000 Gwendolyn Eaves Overnight Handicap and overcame a troubled start to finish second by a neck in the New Mexico Classic Futurity.