New Mexico-Breds Chase Big Money

Zia Park hosts big day of state-bred races.

Q-Racing Journal
October 24, 2013

Peter Gallegos, Robert Sanchez and Patricia Gonzalez’s Moonifisant puts his near-perfect record on the line in the $288,000 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2) on Sunday at Zia Park when $797,485 in purses are offered to New Mexico-bred American Quarter Horses during New Mexico Cup Day.

Also on the card are the $198,655 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2), the $170,000 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Championship (RG1) and the $140,000 New Mexico Classic Cup 870 Championship (R).

Moonifisant (Sixes Royal-Nagano Moon by Major Rime) chases his fifth win from six starts as the fastest qualifier. The half-brother to champion aged stallion First Moonflash won his first three races, all against state-breds, capped by a win in the $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park back in April. He surfaced against open horses in the All American Futurity (G1) trials and was out-nodded at the wire to finish second as the 4-5 favorite.

In his New Mexico Classic Futurity trial, Moonifisant drew out to a three-quarter-length win. His time of :19.254 for 400 yards was the quickest mark from seven trials.

J and M Racing and Farm’s Kaydns Krusader (Sixes Royal-Total Miracle by Dean Miracle) has placed in three New Mexico-bred futurities for trainer Kris Cordova. The gelding was second by a half length behind eventual All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash in the $409,434 Zia Futurity (RG1) and raced to close third-place finishes in the $357,030 Mountain Top Futurity (R) and the $50,000 New Mexican Spring Fling Futurity (R).

Kaydns Krusader raced to a length win in his New Mexico Classic Futurity trial in :19.505, the fourth-fastest time.

In the 440-yard New Mexico Classic Derby, the champion mare Denim N Diamonds is well represented. Fastest-qualifier Storm Chasor is out of a champion-producing granddaughter of Denim N Diamonds and third-fastest qualifier An Absolut Diamond is out of Denim N Diamonds’ last female offspring.

Joan Dale Hubbard’s homebred Storm Chasor (Attila’s Storm (TB)-Stardust Dash by Dash For Cash) chases his first stakes win after winning four of six starts and finishing third in the $128,375 Zia Derby (RG3) by a half length at Ruidoso Downs. The Paul Jones-trained gelding battled to a nose win in the last of three trials to post the top-qualifying time of :21.593.

Sandy Farris, Marc Jungers and Lisa McMinn’s An Absolut Diamond (Ketel Won-The Millenium Star by Strawfly Special) showed the 440 yards is to his advantage when he rallied to take his trial by a neck in :21.623. He was a close third in the $252,796 She Fly Stakes (RG2) and fourth in the Zia Derby, each at 400 yards.

In the 440-yard Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Championship, Melvin Neugebauer’s Here Kittykittykitty (Genuine Strawfly-One Diamond Cat by Now I Know) and Melvin and Mary Neugebauer’s homebred Miracle Snow (Dean Miracle-Snow Peak by Chicks Beduino) provide two contenders for trainer Wes Giles.

Here Kittykittykitty showed his readiness when he won a Zia Park $44,500 allowance race on September 7. He won by a neck in a sharp :17.314 for the 350 yards. Last year, he won the $110,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park and was second by a head in the $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.

The venerable 9-year-old Miracle Snow is the defending winner of the New Mexico Classic Championship and won this summer’s Zia Handicap with a surge nearing the wire. The gelding is still dangerous after 52 starts with 14 wins, 10 seconds and 10 thirds while earning $607,338.

In the New Mexico Classic Cup 870 Championship, Rollickin Red Partners’ Rollickin Red (Roll Hennessy Roll (TB)-Deeheiress by Mr Jess Perry) should be a solid favorite with two wins and a second-place finish from three 2013 starts, all at 870 yards. The Todd Fincher-trained gelding won the $65,000 New Mexico Horseman’s Association Handicap (R) at SunRay Park as the 9-10 favorite and then was second in the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) as the 3-5 choice.