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New Mexico Cup

Four state-bred Quarter Horse stakes are featured Sunday at Zia Park.

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State-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses will be in the national spotlight on Sunday, October 27, during the annual New Mexico Cup program at Zia Park.

A program-record $2,102,545 in purses will be offered, once again making New Mexico Cup the richest state-bred day of racing in North America. Post time for the first of a dozen races is set for 12 p.m. (MDT), and the last race is scheduled to go off at 4:57.

Following is a preview of all four Quarter Horse stakes, listed in the order they will be run.

NEW MEXICO CUP 870 CHAMPIONSHIP (R)
3-year-olds & older — 870 yards
Purse, $145,000

 Victor Diaz’s Dan The Flashman will be seeking his second stakes victory in this race. Trained by Martin Orona Jr., the 4-year-old son of champion First Moonflash will be making his first start since July 28, when he held on at the wire to win the $50,000 Zia 870 Championship (R) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs.

Dan The Flashman has won five of 15 races, including four of six at thhe 870-yard distance, and he has earned $94,628, of which $88,630 has been banked at the 870 trip. The brown gelding drew Post 5 and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
 DM Nate Dog (Tanner Thedford), 15-1
 El Chirrionero (Frank Reyes), 8-1
 D E Wagons Strawfly (Duane Sterling), 10-1
 How Bout Dat (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1
 Dan The Flashman (Alfredo Sigala), 2-1
 Amsterdams Big Daddy (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 5-1
 Regards Miracle (Adrian Ramos), 12-1
 Why Buy The Cow (Luis H. Rodriguez), 9-2
 AE-Wascallywittlewabbit (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 12-1
 AE-Al Siete de Copas (Isaias Enriquez), 10-1
 

NAMEHIMASTREAKER NEW MEXICO QUP QUARTER HORSE CHAMPIONSHIP (RG1)
3-year-olds & older — 440 yards
Purse, $175,000

 Marcus Medallion (pictured), a 6-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding owned and trained by Jaime Aldavaz Sr., is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for this race.

Marcus Medallion will be facing New Mexico-breds off of his fourth-place finish, a neck behind winner Grc Justplainazoom, in the 350-yard, $50,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G3) at Zia Park on September 29. The gelding won two state-bred stakes during the summer, including the 440-yard, $95,000 First Moonflash Maturity (R) at Albuquerque Downs on August 25.

Marcus Medallion drew Post 3 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
 Jesse Lane (Rodrigo Vallejo), 9-2
 Jess A Satin Flash (Alan Hernandez), 10-1
 Big Sierra Cartel (Edgar S. Martinez), 12-1
 Major Bites (Raul Herrera), 6-1
 DM Ada Kat (Tanner Thedford), 30-1
 Marcus Medallion (Adrian Ramos), 3-1
 Magnifico Dragon (Jaime Leos), 4-1
 Siximoons (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 12-1
 Rime Chimes (Paul Nieto), 8-1
 Hollywoodcrown (Jose Amador Alvarez), 8-1

 

NEW MEXICO CUP QUARTER HORSE DERBY (RG2)
3-year-olds — 440 yards
Purse, $196,015

 Enrique Barrera’s Woodys Copy Cat, a daughter of Woodbridge and the fastest qualifier, will be seeking her second career stakes victory here.

Trained by Cynthia Gonzalez, Woodys Copy Cat is coming off of a half-length win in the first of two trials on October 6. The filly has earned $313,347 from 15 races, and her five wins include a neck victory in last year’s 400-yard, $315,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.

Woodys Copy Cat drew Post 3 and will be ridden by Jaime Leos.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
 CD Mamas Boy (Raul Herrera), 3-1
 CD Flash And Fame (Paul O. Garcia), 10-1
 Woodys Copy Cat (Jaime Leos), 3-1
 Fabs Reflection (Alfredo Sigala), 20-1
 Quemados Royal Moon (Adrian Ramos), 8-1
 Hezajessforsure (Noe Garcia Jr.), 15-1
 June Bug Daddy (Tanner Thedford), 12-1
 Freedom Flash (Alonso Rivera), 5-1
 Jessa Whistlin Dixie (Alan Hernandez), 20-1
 Tooflashyforyou (Hector Aldrete), 4-1
 

NEW MEXICO CUP QUARTER HORSE FUTURITY (RG2)
2-year-olds — 400 yards
Purse, $326,530

 Jesus Carrasco’s Don Chuy C will risk his three-race win streak in this, the richest of the New Mexico Cup races.

A son of champion First Moonflash trained by Jesus Carrasco, Don Chuy C posted the fastest qualifying time with his head victory in the second of seven trials on October 5. The brown colt’s win streak includes a nose victory in the 400-yard, $50,000 By By JJ Stakes (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 27.

Don Chuy C drew Post 3 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos. Other contenders include Honky Tonk Daddy, a sorrel daughter of Big Daddy Cartel trained by Jose Luis Muela for owner US Alliance Logistic. Honky Tonk Daddy began her career with a three-race win streak that included a neck victory in the 300-yard, $393,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park on May 5.

Honky Tonk Daddy drew Post 5 and will be ridden by Sergio Becerra Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
 Close To Crazy (Noe Garcia Jr.), 15-1
 Mi Moonflash (Alonso Rivera), 6-1
 Don Chuy C (Adrian Ramos), 3-1
 Singin In The Choir (J.R. Ramirez), 10-1
 Honky Tonk Daddy (Sergio Becerra Jr.), 10-1
 First Neon Moon (Raul Herrera), 4-1
 Storminado (Jaime Leos), 6-1
 Amandas Flashy (Jose Amador Alvarez, 6-1
 Quintessential King (Jansen Melancon), 20-1
 Boy With Cash (Alan Hernandez), 10-1
 AE-Perrys Regard (Ry Eikleberry), 15-1

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