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A Passion For Flashn, Percyjones Top Zia Futurity and Derby Qualifiers

Ty Wyant

RC Racing, LLC’s A Passion For Flashn destroyed his rivals in the seventh of 10 Zia Futurity trials on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs and easily clocked the fastest qualifying time.

            The four trials for the Zia Derby were also held. Terry and Irene Stennett’s Percyjones showed his class with an easy win with the top qualifying mark.

            All of the trials were for New Mexico-breds and contested over 400 yards.

            The top-10 qualifiers from the Zia Futurity trials qualified for the $370,820 Zia Futurity on July 30. It offers the largest purse during the Zia Festival, a celebration of New Mexico-bred racing.

            The horses with the 10-fastest times in the Zia Derby trials return in the $176,005 Zia Derby, also during the Zia Festival.

            A Passion For Flashn, a $6,500 Ruidoso Yearling Sale bargain, easily took command of his trial under jockey Mauro Salcedo and drew out to a three-length win in :19.953 for the 400 yards. He was sent off as the 3-5 favorite.

            Trained by Marton Orona, Sr., A Passion For Flashn earned that strong favoritism after finishing fourth in the $393,000 Mountain Top Futurity in his previous start.

            The First Moonflash-sired colt has two wins from his latest three starts. He also won his trial to the Mountain Top Futurity.

            A Passion For Flashn was the only horse to race the 400 yards in under 20 seconds. The next fastest qualifier, Tempting Star Gazer, won the first trial in :20.041 with Cipriano Uscanga Vidana up.

            Another offspring of First Moonflash, Tempting Star Gazer was third in the New Mexican Spring Futurity and reached the finals of the Mountain Top Futurity after winning his trial by one-and-three-quarter lengths.

            The gelding is trained by Wes Giles and was a $23,000 Ruidoso Yearling Sale purchase.

            Zia Derby top-qualifier Percyjones, a $35,000 Ruidoso sale purchase, has shown Grade 1 success against open horses and was the superior horse in the fourth trial. The gelding by Jesse James Jr. pulled away from his rivals to win by one length in :19.791 as the 3-10 favorite. Ricky Ramirez was riding.

            Percyjones raced to his fifth win from eight career starts. He showed his class when he was third, beaten by a neck, in the Grade 1, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park.

            Trained by Trey Wood, Percyjones was second by a neck in last year’s $364,000 Mountain Top Futurity.

            Wood and Ramirez combined to qualify three horses to the Zia Derby. They also put

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Zia QH Futurity Qualifiers     Unofficial

Horse/Trial #                          Trainer                        Jockey                                     Wind   Time

A Passion For Flashn/7             *          Martin Orona               Mauro Salcedo                         4h        19.953

Tempting Star Gazer/1 *                      Wesley Giles                Cipriano U Vidana                   9t         20.041

Jesse Lane/4                             Judd Kearl                   Rodrigo S Vallejo                    3c        20.064

Hy Ho Harvey/10 *                 Trey Wood                  Ricky Ramirez                         0          20.073

Jesse Diva/4                             Fred Danley                 Alfredo Sigala                          3c        20.089

Bigg Daddy/6 *                                   Wesley Giles                G R Carter                                7h        20.124

Jesse Klee/9 *                           Mike Joiner                  Sal Martinez                             4h        20.131

Riverside Flash/10                    Wesley Giles                Adrian Ramos                          0          20.133

First N Forever/1 *                   Mike Joiner                  G R Carter                                9t         20.143

Miles Of Flash/3 *                    Fred Danley                 Alfredo Sigala                          0          20.147


Zia QH Derby Qualifiers     Unofficial

Horse/Trial #                          Trainer                        Jockey                                     Wind   Time

Percyjones/4 *                         Trey Wood                  Ricky Ramirez                         0          19.791

Yudes Jess Dashin/1 *              Mike Joiner                  Sal Martinez                             0          19.905

Mitey Man/1 *                         Trey Wood                  Raul Ramirez                           0          19.921

Mystic Daddy/4 *                    Mike Joiner                  Raul Ramirez                           0          19.950

Me Like Daddy/2 *                  Trey Wood                  Ricky Ramirez                         0          19.964

Moonshine Milly/4 *               Mike Joiner                  G. R. Carter Jr.                         0          19.975

A Sure First/4 *                                    Ross Amestoy              Tanner Thedford                     0          19.977

Pj Runaway Bunny/4*             Jackie Riddle                Agustin Silva                           0          19.994

Altitude Project/1                     Jose Ramos                  Oscar Cordova                         0          19.998

Running Dragon/1                   Juan Gonzalez              Adrian A. Ramos                     0          19.999


* Ruidoso Sales Graduate