Sunland Park, N.M. - The unbeaten Moonifisant scored a brilliant win in the $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday. The half-brother to the champion First Moonflash continues to raise eyebrows after racing to a half length win in the rich 300 yard feature for New Mexico-bred two-year-olds.
Racing for the talented trainer Juan M. Gonzalez, Moonifisant roared through the distance in a fast 14.706 seconds, good for a 99 speed index. The 9-5 favorite produced a late surge to pull clear of 16-1 long shot Threedeewoodee in the final yards. The brown colt is a perfect three for three this season at Sunland Park. Gonzalez owns three wins in the New Mexican Spring Futurity. Jockey Jaime Parga Leos rode the winner who returned a generous $5.80 to win. He was the top qualifier.
Gonzalez indicated that Moonifisant would be pointed to the Mountain Top and All American Futurities at Ruidoso Downs this summer. Gonzalez won the All American Futurity in 2003 with By By J J.
Moonifisant earned $108,775 for owners Peter Gallegos, Robert Sanchez and Patricia Gonzalez of Alcade, New Mexico.
Threedeewoodee outran his long odds to earn second place under jockey Manuel Gutierrez. The Dick Powell trainee broke alertly and tried to give Moonifisant a tough time midway through the race. The runner-up earned $41,658 for owner Gary Thompson of Odessa, Texas. Woodys Allstar finished third, beaten nearly 2 lengths with G.R. Carter in the saddle. The Woodbridge filly is trained by Mike Joiner. Spice Swissle was a nose back in fourth place.
Feature Mr Who rocketed to a mild upset win over Jess Featureme Quick in the $107,370 Bank of America New Mexico Challenge (Grade 2) at 440 yards. The four-year-old son of Feature Mr. Jess may have run the second fastest 440 yards of all time. He was timed in an outstanding 20.462 seconds, good for 108 speed index. The world and track record for 440 yards is held by First Moonflash in 20.274 seconds.
Under jockey Esgar Ramirez, Feature Mr Who earned his first career stakes win and earned an automatic berth Challenge Championship final at Los Alamitos this fall. The second favorite at 4-1 odds reversed the order of finish from the trials when Jess Featureme Quick won by three-parts of a length. On Sunday, Feature Mr. Who was much the best as a daylight winner for owner-trainer Jaime Dominguez of Peyton, Colorado. The winner’s check was worth $49,394.
Jess Featureme Quick found his best strides too late and had to settle for second place under jockey Jesse Levario. The 2012 Championship at Sunland Park runner-up raced as the 3-5 favorite for trainer Paul Jones. Wdc Wendys Wine was third, beaten 2 lengths.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday at 1 p.m.