Sashay Hot Heads Hobbs America Futurity Trials

Walk Thru Fire filly puts up fastest time for rich futurity at Zia Park.

September 23, 2012

Sashay Hot clocked the fastest qualifying time of 72 juveniles in eight trials to the 400-yard Hobbs America Futurity (G2) at Zia Park on Saturday. The final for the race will carry an estimated purse of $300,000 and will take place on Sunday, October 7, along with the Hobbs America Derby (G3).

Sashay Hot, a Walk Thru Fire filly owned by R.D. Hubbard and trained by Paul Jones, won the sixth trial in :19.327. She closed powerfully for jockey Jesse Lee Levario after being sixth midway through the race and edging away by a half-length from Hombre de La Noche and Orions Shootin Star, both of whom also qualified for the final. Sashay Hot has hit the board in six of seven lifetime starts, including a second in the West Texas Juvenile Invitational (R).

The trials were somewhat of a coming-out party for several horses as five of the 10 fastest qualifiers were maidens heading into Saturday’s races. Simpatico Vision scored his first career victory in his fourth lifetime start in winning the third trial at 16-1 in the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.334. Le Viahn also broke her maiden in her third lifetime start in the fourth trial in the third-fastest time of :19.384. Hombre De La Noche and Orions Shootin Star will be maidens in the final coming out of the sixth trial. First-time starter My Mighty Sam qualified for the final by finishing second behind Le Viahn in the fourth trial.

In addition to fastest qualifier Sashay Hot, trainer Paul Jones will also saddle A Dream To Remember in the final after the Corona Cartel filly won the fifth trial. In her previous race she was third in the 440-yard, $84,000 All American Juvenile (R) at Ruidoso Downs, a race from which second-place finisher Fastpass Regard also emerged to make the Hobbs America Futurity final. Whiteface Eagle won his third race in his fourth lifetime start in the seventh trial and will line up in the final on October 7. Ramblin Mountain is the only horse from out-of-state to qualify for the final. His last three races came at Arapahoe Park outside Denver.

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