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Prospect To The Top Returns in Gold Cup

Champion Prospect To The Top returns to the races.

Q-Racing Journal
August 29, 2013

Joel Tavarez’s multiple champion Prospect To The Top defends his 2012 win in the $40,000 All American Gold Cup on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs when he makes his first start since winning The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on December 30.

Prospect To The Top (Corona Prospect-Cream To The Top by Easily Smashed), who was the 2011 champion 3-year-old colt, last year defeated champion Noconi by three quarters of a length in what was Noconi’s last start before retirement. The Brandon Muniz-trained Prospect To The Top then went on to win the Zia Park Championship (G1) and The Championship at Sunland Park on his way to earning honors as champion aged stallion.

Prospect To The Top stood his second season at stud after that win.

Robert Sanchez’s Eyein This Feature (Feature Mr Jess-This Girl Is Special by Special Effort) has been improving this summer with a third in the Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) and then a second to champion Ochoa in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3).

R.D. Hubbard and Heysol Howlet’s champion Feature Mr Bojangles (Feature Mr Jess-Catch This Dash by First Down Dash), trained by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, makes his first appearance since a fourth-place finish in the Zia Park Championship. He was the 2011 champion 2-year-old colt when he won the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and the Hobbs America Futurity (G2). Last year, he qualified for the Grade 1 Ruidoso and the Rainbow derbies.

James Sills and Abel Flores Jr.’s A Toss Up (Sweet First Down-Shake Cartel by Corona Cartel) returns after a fourth-place finish in the Remington Park Championship (G1) on June 1. The Eddie Willis-trained gelding finished third in the Sooner State Stakes (RG1) two starts ago.