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Feature Mr Bojangles Goes for Hobbs Double

Champion set to compete in Hobbs America Derby after winning Hobbs America Futurity last year.

September 23, 2012

Feature Mr Bojangles, the 2011 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) winner at Zia Park and champion 2-year-old colt, qualified for the Hobbs America Derby (G3) on Sunday at the New Mexico track. The October 7 final at 440 yards will carry an estimated purse of $200,000. Last year Prospect To The Top became the first horse since Zia Park’s opening in 2005 to sweep the Hobbs America Futurity and Derby.

Feature Mr Who clocked the fastest qualifying time of 40 3-year-olds in five trials to the Hobbs America Derby. The Jaime Dominguez-trainee ridden by Esgar Ramirez won the second trial in :21.440, his third derby trial win in a row this year. The Feature Mr Jess gelding was also the fastest qualifier for the Rainbow Derby (G1) and a winner of an All American Derby (G1) trial at Ruidoso Downs. Tres Seis Nueve, who was second to Feature Mr Who in the second trial, was the second-fastest qualifier on Sunday in :21.506. He finished fourth in July in the final of the 440-yard, $903,774 Rainbow Derby. Jess Featureme Quick also emerged from the second trial to make the final. Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, he was third in the 440-yard, $2,234,539 All American Derby prior to Sunday’s trials.

Feature Mr Bojangles, who is trained by Jones and was ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., finished second in the fourth trial to RC Black Mamba. Feature Mr Bojangles runs for R.D. Hubbard, Jim Helzer and Heysol Howlet.

RC Black Mamba, trained by Michael Joiner and ridden by Salvador Martinez, was third in the 400-yard, $679,207 Ruidoso Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs in June. Executive Brass, the winner of the Ruidoso Derby, qualified off a second-place finish in the fifth trial for trainer James Gonzales and jockey Bonifacio Perez. The fifth trial was won by Fittest, who will compete in his first futurity or derby final after racing in trials at eight different racetracks—Zia Park, Arapahoe Park, Sunland Park, Lone Star Park, Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Delta Downs, Remington Park and Louisiana Downs.

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