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 First Moonflash QH Maturity (RG2)
Photos by Coady Photography
 First Moonflash
 First To Flash
 Nagano Moon
 Dont Looke Ethel
  Genuine Strawfly
 Minnie Coup
  Byron L. Woodard’s No Mires A La Luna, a homebred 7-year-old son of First Moonflash, sprinted to a neck victory in the October 8, $100,000 First Moonflash Maturity (RG2) for New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses at Albuquerque Downs.
Trained by Fred Danley, No Mires A La Luna covered 440 yards in :21.314 while earning a 94 speed index and his seventh graded stakes win. Noe Garcia Jr. rode the bay gelding.
No Mires A La Luna was stretching out
in distance off of his fourth-place finish in a 350-yard, $43,600 allowance dash on a sloppy track at Ruidoso Downs on August 25. The gelding’s sire, First Moonflash, was a New Mexico-bred son of 2002 AQHA champion 2-year-old colt First To Flash and the sport’s champion aged stallion in 2009. Raced from 2007-09, First Moonflash won 14 of 25 starts and banked $969,828, and his 10 graded stakes victories included the 2008 and 2009 Championship at Sunland Park (G1). He also was a finalist in the 2008 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
A half-brother to graded stakes winner Moonifisant and Dash Ta Moon, First Moonflash has from 11 crops sired the earners of more than $27.6 million, including AQHA champions Flash And Roll, Handsome Jack Flash, and Foxy Moonflash and Grade 1
winner Too Flash For You. The stallion died after a battle with laminitis in May 2019.
No Mires A La Luna is out of Dont Looke Ethel, a winning New Mexico-bred daughter
of the Strawfly Special stallion Genuine Strawfly. Campaigned in three states, including Oklahoma and Texas, No Mires A La Luna
has won nine of 40 races, and the $60,000 winner’s share of the First Moonflash Maturity purse increased his bankroll to $754,245.
The gelding’s four wins in 12 starts at the 440-yard distance and two wins in three outs at Albuquerque Downs include a half-length victory in last year’s $75,000 First Moonflash Maturity (G1).
No Mires A La Luna’s career record includes a third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Apocalyptical Jess, in the 2018 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
The 5-1 third choice in the seven-horse field, No Mires A La Luna returned a $13.60 win mutuel. Man Of Faith, a 16-1 longshot, finished second to complete a $2 exacta dividend of $97.80.
JC New Dawn ran third, a half of a length behind No Mires A La Luna, and was followed by 3-10 favorite Big Crush BB, Classy Moon, HS Paul Walker and HS Golden Eagle.
Man Of Faith banked the $20,000 runner-up share of the First Moonflash Maturity purse to bring his earnings to
$160,767 for his owner, Jose E. Vargas. The homebred 6-year-old gelded son of the One Famous Eagle stallion One Handsome Man was making his first start since January 7, and his record includes a second-place finish in last year’s First Moonflash Maturity.
A son of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge, JC New Dawn races for Telma Meraz and Federico Gonzalez, and he was making his 4-year-old season debut in the First Moonflash Maturity. The chestnut gelding has won four of 14 starts, and the $10,000 third-place share of the purse bumped his earnings to $182,378. JC New Dawn’s sophomore campaign included a second-place finish, a neck behind winner River Flash, in the September 25, $288,000 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park.
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