Too Flash For You Tops Zia Trials
New Mexico-breds will compete for record purse on July 28.
July 12, 2013
The Wes Giles-trained Too Flash For You, who has already competed in two futurities, is positioned to step up in his third futurity after posting the fastest qualifying time in Friday’s trials for the Restricted Grade 1, $409,402 Zia Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.
The purse surpasses the previous Zia Futurity purse of $395,028 set last year.
The New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest times from the 10 trials return for the Zia Futurity during the Zia Festival on July 28.The Zia Futurity has the largest purse on the stakes-filled Zia Festival program celebrating New Mexico-bred racing with more than $1 million in purses.
Owned by Jose Espinosa, Jim Laird and Michelle Laird, Too Flash For You won the second trial by three-quarters of a length over fifth-fastest qualifier Kia Won. The Jimmy Dean Brooks-ridden Too Flash For You was timed in :19.356 for the 400 yards while Kia Won was clocked :19.481.
Too Flash For You, a gelding by First Moonflash, qualified for the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park and then came to Ruidoso Downs and qualified for the $357,000 Mountain Top Futurity (R), finishing fourth in the final.
Trainer Kristopher Cordova and jockey Esgar Ramirez teamed up with the second- and fourth-fastest qualifiers: Kaydns Krusader and Heza Wild Dragon.
J and M Racing and Farms’ Kaydns Krusader dominated the fourth trial by two lengths with the second-fastest time of :19.399. The Sixes Royal gelding had raced to close third-place finishes in the New Mexican Spring Fling Futurity and the Mountain Top Futurity.
The Cordova-owned Heza Wild Dragon was highly regarded coming into the Zia Futurity trials after winning the Mountain Top Futurity by a nose in his second start. He won his Mountain Top trial in his racing debut. The Genuine Strawfly gelding is now three-for-three with his two-length trial win in :19.478 as the 3-5 favorite.
Norma Alvarez, Brenda Alvarez and Debra Laney’s Handsome Jack Flash showed he could be a horse with a very bright future after drawing away from his rivals to win the eighth trial in the third-fastest time. The First Moonflash gelding won by an easy four lengths in :19.435.
Handsome Jack Flash won a Ruidoso Downs 250-yard maiden race in his only other career start.
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