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Doubleheader at Zia

Sashay Hot, Feature Mr Bojangles headline respective Hobbs America doubleheader.

October 3, 2012

Fastest qualifier Sashay Hot tries for her first stakes win in the $300,000-est. Hobbs America Futurity (G2), and champion Feature Mr Bojangles chases his first stakes win since taking last year’s Hobbs America Futurity when he races in the $200,000-est. Hobbs America Derby (G3) on Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

R.D. Hubbard’s Sashay Hot (Walk Thru Fire-Salty Shay by Mr Eye Opener) raced to her best career performance when she won her Hobbs America Futurity trial by an expanding half length. Her time of :19.327 for the 400 yards was the quickest clocking from eight trials.

Sashay Hot was second by a nose in the West Texas Juvenile (R) and won her non-qualifying Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial by a length for her best previous efforts.

K.H. Logax’s homebred Fastpass Regard (Chicks Regard-Gambeleta Caine by Raise Caine (TB)) had a strong summer at Ruidoso Downs with a fourth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) and then finishing just a neck behind Gonna Cha Cha for second in the All American Juvenile (R).

Fastpass Regard recorded the fourth-fastest qualifying time to the Hobbs America Futurity (:19.424) when he was second behind second-fastest qualifier Simpatico Vision (Visionarian-Daring Deception by Special Effort) in their trial.

Maegan Cavasos’ Simpatico Vision won his maiden in his fourth start with the trial victory in :19.334.

Feature Mr Bojangles, the 2011 champion 2-year-old colt, had a sensational 2011 season with three futurity wins, concluded by his half-length win in the Hobbs America Futurity as the 2-5 favorite. That win capped a seven-race winning streak that included the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and the Four Coroners Futurity.

This summer, he qualified for the Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies.

Feature Mr Bojangles was second in his Hobbs America Derby trial in his first start for trainer Paul Jones.

The Jaime Dominguez-owned and -trained Feature Mr Who (Feature Mr Jess-Whosleaving Corona by Corona Cartel) scored his third win from four starts when he set the fastest-qualifying time of :21.440 for 440 yards. The sole off-the-board performance during this four-race stretch was a seventh-place finish behind champion Ochoa in the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby.

John Thurmond and Sherree Meridyth’s Executive Brass (Executive Menace-Entrust by Relagate (TB)) looks for his first win since taking the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby in June. Since that neck victory, the gelding was second in his All American Derby (G1) trial and his Hobbs America Derby trial.

Also on the program is the running of the $55,000 Lubbock Stakes for fillies and mares that was cancelled last Saturday when racing was cancelled due to track conditions.

Sally and Dave Kidd’s homebred KR Dragonfly makes her second start off a layoff when she defends her title in the Lubbock Stakes (G3).

KR Dragonfly (Separatist-Dreamers Wild Child by Sixarun) has not won since taking last year’s Lubbock Stakes by one-half length. After her Lubbock win, she shipped to Los Alamitos and raced to a third-place finish in the Las Damas Handicap (G3) and then was fifth in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2), defeated by Dash Back Perry in each race.

Returning from a nine-month layoff, KR Dragonfly was beaten by a length in an optional-claiming race as the even-money favorite and figures to improve for trainer Mike Joiner.

Carl Pevehouse’s homebred Candy Cartel (Corona Cartel-This Candys Special by Strawfly Special) could be very dangerous when she makes her first start since taking the Belle Stakes in June. She won six straight races, including the Decketta Stakes (G3), before finishing a close second to the talented A Toss Up in the Sooner State Stakes (RG1) at Remington Park back in April.