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Mighty Moonflash Sets High Standard In Trials to $139,483 Zia Derby at Ruidoso

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (July 12, 2014) – Pierre and Leslie Amestoy’s homebred Mighty Moonflash set a high standard in the first of four Zia Derby trials when he raced 400 yards in :19.465 and that time stood up as the quickest mark on Saturday afternoon.

            The $139,483 Zia Derby is one of the premier races during Zia Festival weekend on July 26-27 at Ruidoso Downs. The weekend showcases New Mexico-bred races and awards more than $1 million in purses. The fans during this popular weekend can also shop for New Mexico-based arts and crafts throughout the grandstand.

            Mighty Moonflash impressed in the first trial when he easily drew out to a one-and-one-quarter-length victory under Tanner Thedford. The Ross Amestoy-trained gelding by First Moonflash won his maiden in his previous start at Ruidoso Downs.

            Nahum Prieto and Joe Rios’ Kia Won raced to a neck win in the third trial to record the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.582. Second-place finisher Dm One Hot Charmer came in with the fourth-fastest time of :19.627.

            Kia Won made his first start since February at Sunland Park. In his two starts before his rest, the Ketel Won gelding was second in the $290,656 Shue Fly Stakes and fourth in the $85,320 NMHBA Stakes.

            Bobby Simmons’ Foxy Moonflash won the second trial with the third-fastest time and gave jockey Thedford his second trial score. The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained Foxy Moonflash won by one length with a :19.584 time. He came into the trials off a close second-place run in a $21,100 allowance race at Remington Park.

 

Zia Quarter Horse Derby Qualifiers

Horse/Trial #              Trainer                       Jockey                        Wind               Time

Mighty Moonflash/1          Ross Amestoy                      Tanner Thedford                 8t                            19.465

Kia Won/3                            Gene Burden                        Sergio Becerra                      4t                            19.582

Foxy Moonflash/2              Dwayne Gilbreath               Tanner Thedford                 4t                            19.584

Dm One Hot Charmer/3    Gerald Reed                          Alonso Rivera                      4t                            19.627

Jet Version/4                         Ramon Alvarez                   Larry Gamez                        7t                            19.655

Threedeewoodee/1              Emilio Cadena                     Manuel Gutierrez 8t                            19.662

Mister Blazin First/4            Paul Jones                             Esgar Ramirez                      7t                            19.690

Heza Wild Dragon/3           Umberto Belloc                    Ricky Ramirez                     4t                            19.708

Royal Guardians/4              Gene Burden                        Sergio Becerra                      7t                            19.726

Watch for Corona/4           Martin Orona                       Jaime P Leos                        7t                            19.735

 

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