El Paso, TX — Overlooked at 19-1 odds, Too Flash for You won the $85,000 NMHBA Quarter Horse Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Sunday.
Propelled by his large frame, Too Flash for You surged powerfully in the final half of the 400 yard dash to win by a half-length in a fast 18.992 seconds, good for a 97 speed index. The Wes Giles trainee was well prepared and soundly defeated the best three-year-olds New Mexico-bred Quarter Horses in training. Despite having qualified for 4 major futurities in 2013 and racing for the leading Quarter Horse barn, Too Flash for You paid $40.20 on a $2 win ticket.
Under jockey Larry Gamez, Too Flash for You broke solidly in second place and was chasing 8-5 favorite Woodys Allstar in the early stages. In mid-stretch, Too Flash for You hit an other gear and swept past the early leader. The First Moonflash gelding powered on home for his first career stakes victory in 10 starts. His second career win was worth $51,000 for owners Jose R. Espinosa, Jim Laird and Michelle Laird.
Booyah Bay finished a good second at odds of 10-1. The runner-up was ridden by All American Futurity winner pilot Jaime Parga Leos. The son of Brookstone Bay took home $18,700 for owner James Baucom of Andrews, Texas.
2014 Shue Fly champion Woodys Allstar broke like a bullet and looked like a winner early but could not maintain her speed. The flashy filly came in third under jockey Salvador Martinez, beaten almost one length. Shue Fly runner-up Kia Won was no threat and finished fourth.
Live racing resumes on Tuesday at a new post of 12:55 p.m. which remains in effect for the rest of the season.