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New Talent Shines in Hobbs America Races

All About Torque, You N How Many More Collect First Stakes Wins at Zia Park.

October 6, 2013

All About Torque collected his first career win and gave trainer Lupe Munoz his first stakes success in the $176,764 Hobbs America Derby (G3) on Sunday at Zia Park Racetrack & Casino, and the third time was the charm for You N How Many More and his first stakes win in the $275,488 Hobbs America Futurity (G2).

All About Torque reached the winner’s circle for the first time in his eighth lifetime start in the 440-yard Hobbs America Derby. With Manuel Gutierrez aboard, All About Torque, a 9-1 longshot, won a close three-way photo finish by a nose over Mr Perry Cartel with another nose to Obamano in third. The final time was :21.566.

“It’s wonderful—his first win, my first stakes win—it makes it that much better,” said Munoz, who trains the Texas-bred Mr Jess Perry gelding for owners David Valdez, Javier Marquez and Olivas Racing.

The first career stakes for Munoz, a native of Las Vegas who began training in 2005, represented another first this year for the 31-year-old trainer, as he and his girlfriend, Adriana, welcomed their first child, Alondra, on February 27.

“You just grow up along the way,” Munoz said. “When I first started it was a little more partying, more excitement and things to do. And now it’s more of a focus on the races. And since my daughter was born earlier this year it’s strictly business now.”

All About Torque, who was bred by Bobby Cox, now has a record of 8-1-1-2 with earnings of $89,497.

J and M Racing and Farm’s Mr Perry Cartel was bidding to give jockey Esgar Ramirez his second major derby victory in as many days after success in the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at Lone Star Park in Texas on Saturday night. The Kristopher Cordova trainee was the 5-2 favorite in the field of 10. Don Apodaca’s Obamano was the fastest qualifier entering the final.

K H Logax Inc.’s homebred You N How Many More had made the final of the All American Futurity (G1) in September and finished second in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) in June at Ruidoso Downs before reaching the winner’s circle for his first stakes win in the 400-yard Hobbs America Futurity.

“I feel really, really happy,” his trainer, Juan Gonzalez, said. “It’s a feeling you can’t describe.”

You N How Many More and jockey Jaime Leos made up more than two lengths from seventh-place to win by three-quarters of a length as the 9-5 favorite in :19.441.

“He’s used to starting faster,” Gonzalez said about the Oklahoma-bred gelding by Chicks Regard who has now banked $383,203 with a record of 7-4-2-0. “I was worried at the beginning, but he did great at the finish.”

Valeriano Racing Stables LLC’s Echoes of Love, who was the co-fastest qualifier in the field of nine along with Royal Fast Jess, was second for jockey G.R. Carter Jr. and trainer Toby Keeton. The Gonzalez-trained Rocked Up was a further head behind in third ridden by Roberto Valero for owner Salome Gallegos.