Zia Stakes

Zia Stakes

Making his first start in New Mexico this year, No Mires A La Luna gets his third career stakes victory.

No Mires A La Luna. PHOTO: Jake Rogers/Ruidoso Downs

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Byron R. Woodard's No Mires A La Luna's return to New Mexico was a successful one, as the homebred 5-year-old son of champion First Moonflash sprinted to a wire-to-wire, half length victory in Saturday's $40,000 Zia Stakes (RG2) for state-breds at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Lucas Constantin and sent to post at odds of 10-1, No Mires A La Luna went 400 yards in :19.563. Marc Jungers trained the bay gelding.

No Mires A La Luna was coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which he banked $12,034 from three outs and scored a three-quarter length win in a 350-yard allowance-optional claiming ($50,000) dash on April 10. All told, the gelding has won five of 24 races , including the 2019 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs and last year's New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park, and he has earned $484,065.

No Mires A La Luna's resume includes a third-place run, three-quarters of a length behind winner Apocalyptical Jess, in the '18 All American Futurity (G1).

Marcus Medallion finished second and was followed by Effortless Candy Cat, Flashing Moolah, 17-10 favorite Colby James, Amandas Flashy, Perrys Regard, Flash The Corona, Jess A Satin Flash, and Freedom Flash.

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