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SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 29, 2012—With a jet-propelled start, top qualifer Our First Corona nailed down a
driving neck win in the 46th running of the $126,512 Sunland Park Winter Quarter Horse Derby on Saturday.
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM- JULY 22, 2012 - Carters Cookie becomes the first stakes winner for champion Carters
The best time in American
Quarter Horse racing to
becoming a rising star is right
now, and Carters Cookie is the
rising star at the right time after
an impressive win in the Grade 1,
$700,000 Rainbow Futurity.
Carters Cookie broke well from
the seventh post position, lugged
in midway through the race and
easily held off Vancouver Moon
for the 1 1/4-length victory in
:19.612 for 400 yards.
“This is a really good horse,” winning rider G.R. Carter Jr. said. “We knew he could run this spring; we knew he had
talent, but I have to commend (trainer) Mike (Joiner) for waiting with him.”
Waiting on Carters Cookie also meant that he was not gaining experience, but that was not a factor in the Rainbow
Futurity. “In his trial (his first start) he got the lead and raced a little green,” Carter said. “Today he was really focused
and ready for a big race. He blasted away from there and was a little more seasoned.”
Owned by Mark Allen, Leonard Blach and Butch Southway, Carters Cookie was purchased by Allen for $40,000 at
last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale on Joiner’s advice. After the Rainbow Futurity trial win, Blach and Southway
became co-owners with Allen.
“I’ve been watching him all summer since I’m around the Joiner barn,” said Southway. “Before the trials, Mark asked
me if I wanted to buy a piece of him and after the trials I asked him if he still wanted to sell. He said, ‘Yes.’ So, I
bought my interest in him.”
Carters Cookie’s breeding is one of the factors that attracted Joiner to the gelding at the sale. “I always like Strawfly
Special mares and he’s out of a Strawfly Special mare who is a half sister to One Famous Eagle,” said Joiner.
“Besides I knew Carters Cartel from running against him and he’s a great horse.”
Joiner also appreciates training for Allen. “He just says to do what you want. That allowed me to wait and let the
horse tell me when he was ready to race. We worked him (a fastest-of-the-day work on June 12) and that said he was
ready to run.”
MAIDEN DASHIN ACE VICTORIOUS IN NEW MEXICO CLASSIC FUTURITY
CARTERS COOKIE WINS THE RAINBOW FUTURITY
DM STREAKN THRU FIRE PREVAILS IN LOVINGTON STAKES
HOBBS, NM, - October 28, 2012 -The $293,550 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2) at 400 yards, went to one of
the longest shots in the field as Ted Rushing and Derrol Hubbard's Dashin Ace scored at odds of 35-1. Jose
Montoya rode the Dash Ta Fame gelding for trainer Michael Joiner and traveled the distance in :19.674 while
winning by a neck.
Bred in New Mexico by MJ Farms out of the Grade 3- winning Shazoom mare Ace Crystal Charm, Dashin Ace
had hit the board in four of his five prior starts but this marked his first career victory.
OUR FIRST CORONA NAILS DOWN SUNLAND PARK WINTER QH DERBY
HOBBS, NM, - November 4, 2012 -Under champion jockey GR Carter Jr, Dm Streakn Thru Fire scored his first
career stakes win in the ninth running of the $55,000 Lovington Stakers (G2) at Zia Park. After competing in many
Grade 1 Futurities and Derbies, 4-year old Dm Streakn Thru Fire eaned his stakes victory by three-quarters
while completing the 400 yard course in :19.336 seconds, a 93 speed index. The $33,000 winner's purse swelled
his total bankroll to more than $366,000.
Michael Joiner trains the Walk Thru Fire gelding for Rick Sturdevant, Terry Wootan and Joe David Yates. Dm
Streakn Thru Fire picked up his first win in three stars this season.
The classy Corona Cartel gelding trained by Mike Joiner made no
mistakes in the 400 yard dash and broke fast under jockery Salvador
Martinez. The talented sophomore parlayed an excellent start to a
half-length lead midway home and the Arizona-brd speedster would
not relinquish control of the gas pedal. Racing as the mild 5-2
favorite, Our First Corona maintained a high finishing speed index
and beat a determined Tres Seis Nueve to the wire. The winning time
of :19.254 seconds earned a 90 speed index.
SUNLAND PARK, NM—DECEMBER 14, 2012—An Absolut Diamond roared to an impressive trial win and set the top
qualifying time for the $252,659 Shue Fly at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Friday.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from five trial races contested for 2-year-old New Mexico-breds will return as 3-year-olds on
January 5th to vie for the winner's share of a $254,584 purse at 400 yards.
HOBBS, NM- DECEMBER 4, 2012 - With 17 wins, Mike Joiner was named Zia Park's 2012 Quarter Horse Trainer of
MIKE JOINER SADDLES TOP TWO QUALIFIERS FOR THE SHUE FLY
JOINER NAMED ZIA PARK TRAINER OF THE MEET
One of two impressive trial winners from trainer Mike Joiner, An Absolut
Diamond put away a challenge from One Blazin Kimbo to win by a
half-length and clocked the 400 yards in a rapid 19.003 seconds with
a tail wind blowing. The son of first crop sire Ketel Won, owned by Sandy
Farris, Marc Jungers and Lisa McMinn, earned a 96 speed index. Farris
and McFinn bred the gelding from the Strawfly Special mare, The
Joiner’s first winner on the day was Krazy Good who was timed in a good 19.062. Both trial winners were ridden by
Salvador Martinez. Krazy Good scored his second consecutive win, in three starts this season, for owner Bauer
Farm, LLC. The Ketel Won gelding, out of Thirty Fourth Street by Dean Miracle, came into the race off an impressive
1-½ length maiden victory at Zia Park on October 13. Barbara and Robert Bauer are the breeders.
Our First Corona's second win of the meet was worth a large
$58,461 for owners Kevin and Robin Allred. The Sunland Winter QH
Derby champion owns 4 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third from 11 starts.
With a a building six figure bankroll, the rising stakes winner should
be a major force in stakes races next year.