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                 RUIDOSO DOWNS
 Rita Danley Distaff Stakes (R)
Photos by Ruidoso Downs, Bailey Ivey
 First Moonflash
 First To Flash
 Nagano Moon
  Stevie Six
  Jess Shakem
   First Flashin, a 6-year-old daughter of First Moonflash racing for Victor Marroquin, outran her 10-1 odds to win the June 24, $45,000 Rita Danley Distaff Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse fillies and mares at Ruidoso Downs.
Racing against a reported 12-mph head wind, First Flashin defeated Wine Dont Lie by 1 1/2 lengths while covering 350 yards in :17.729. Emilio Tapia rode the sorrel mare for trainer Carlos Acosta Jr.
First Flashin was bred by Mike Abraham. The mare’s sire, 2009 AQHA champion aged stallion First Moonflash, was a son of 2002 AQHA champion 2-year-old colt First To Flash. Racing from 2007-09, First Moonflash won 14 of 25 starts and earned $969,828, and his 10 graded stakes victories included the 2008 and 2009 Championship at Sunland Park (G1).
First Moonflash has sired the earners
of more than $26.8 million from 11 crops, including AQHA champions Handsome Jack Flash, Foxy Moonflash, Flash And Roll and 2014 All American Derby (G1) winner Too
Flash For You. The stallion died after a battle with laminitis in May 2019.
First Flashin is out of Stevie Six, a winning and stakes-placed California-bred daughter
of the Chicks Beduino stallion Jumpn. The mare’s second dam, Jess Shakem, is a winning daughter of 1994 AQHA champion 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry.
First Flashin traces back to her fourth dam, Shake It To Em, a winning daughter of two-time AQHA world champion Dash For Cash and a finalist in three futurities at Los Alamitos in 1980. Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, First Flashin has won four of 28 races, and the $27,000 winner’s share of the purse from her first stakes score bumped her bankroll to $130,191. The mare was a finalist in the 2020 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2) at Zia Park.
Eyes On Mollie finished third, 2 1/4 lengths behind First Flashin, and was followed by 2-1 favorite Touraine, Tina Katarina, Hearts Mystic Rime, Mitey Keymeera, Jess To Reel, La Bella Julia and HS Golden Eagle.
Wine Dont Lie earned the $9,000 runner-up share of the purse for her owners
Haskell E. Rich and Jacque M. Rich. A $24,000 yearling purchase at the 2020 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the 4-year-old Big Daddy Cartel mare has won three of 15 races and has banked $89,297.
Eyes On Mollie is a 7-year-old daughter
of the Corona Cartel stallion Eye On Corona racing for Jose G. Orquiz, who purchased
the bay mare as a yearling for $4,500 at the 2017 New Mexico-Bred Sale. Eyes On Mollie has won four of 17 outs, and the $4,500 third-place share of the purse increased her earnings to $94,256.
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