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Zulu Dragon After Another Hobbs Win

Recent stakes winner hopes for another in Lubbock Stakes.

November 2, 2012

Zulu Dragon, owned by 21 Partnership, looks to back up his upset win in the James Issac Hobbs Stakes (G2) at Zia Park when he starts in the $55,000 Lubbock Stakes (G3) on Sunday afternoon at the Hobbs track.

Zulu Dragon (First Down Dash-Hidden Dragon by Dean Miracle) surprised at 10-1 odds in the Hobbs when he returned from a five-month layoff. The Eduardo Gonzalez-trained stallion fought for the lead and defeated the Grade 1 horses Tee Cos and JD Baccarat. He won by a neck with a :17.298 time for the 350 yards.

The winner two of four starts this year, Zulu Dragon was beaten by only a nose in the $65,000 West Texas Maturity (G2) at Sunland Park last spring.

Valle Guadiana Corp.’s Tres Seis Nueve (Tres Seis-Ya Ya Sisterhood by Chicks Beduino) challenges older horses after finishing a close second in the Hobbs America Derby (G3) in his latest start. The Juan Gonzalez-trained colt finished a neck behind Jess Featureme Quick in the derby. Last July, he was a close fourth – beaten by a neck – in the $903,774 Rainbow Derby (G1) taken by Ochoa.

The Mike Joiner-trained DM Streakn Thru Fire finds some class relief in the Lubbock. In his other two starts this year he competed in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1) and the All American Gold Cup (G3) when he was third behind champions Prospect To The Top and Noconi. Last year, he was third in the Rainbow Derby and qualified for the $1,317,015 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.