Camera Can't Separate the Winners in Hobbs America Futurity

Game Change, Miss Feet Down First reach the wire simultaneously at Zia Park on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Zia Park hosted the Grade 2 Hobbs America Futurity and Grade 3 Hobbs America Derby on Sunday.

This year’s Hobbs America Futurity (G2) at Zia Park will have two champions, as Martin Ybarra Jr.’s Game Changes and Esequiel Porras’ Miss Feet Down First reached the wire as a team on Sunday.

Larry Gamez rode Game Changes for trainer Umberto Belloc, and Oscar Cordova was aboard Miss Feet Down First for trainer Carlos Alvidrez. The two rivals stopped the timer in :19.918, and their margin of victory was a neck from third-place Burns Folly.

Both Game Changes and Miss Feet Down First were recording their first career stakes wins. Game Changes is a gray son of Game Patriot who was bred in Louisiana by Noel Balderas. The gelding has won four of seven races and has earned $125,560, and his resume includes victories in Rainbow (G1) and All American (G1) futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Miss Feet Down First was bred in Texas by Isbell Charolais. A daughter of freshman sire Dominyun, she has won three of seven outs, including an All American Futurity trial on August 21, and she has banked $104,442.

Silver Tarzan finished fourth and was followed by Apollitical OK, EBW Catalyst, Seis Me, Boss Regard, Queen Arabella, and T Tornado Seis.

Also on Sunday, Raul Hernandez rode longshot Apollitical Sign to a three-quarter length victory in the 440-yard, $177,935 Hobbs America Derby (G3).

Prepped by Joaquin Lopez for owner Danny R. Escalante, Apollitical Sign covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.884 against a 15-mph head wind. The $85,409 winner’s share of the purse from his first stakes win pushed his earnings to $96,438, of which $90,028 has been banked this season.

Apollitical Sign was bred in Oklahoma by Sara L. Morgan. The gelding by Apollitical Jess has two of 10 races, and he was a finalist in the Grade 3, 400-yard West Texas Derby at Sunland Park in March.

Apollitical Sign was sent to post at odds of 29-1 and returned a $61.40 win mutuel. Runner-up Takiana Romanova B, the winner of last year’s Hobbs America Futurity and a 21-1 longshot, completed a $1,976.60 ($2) exacta.

El Damazo, Jess Alota Fly, Eyesa Rowdy Shazoom, Pycs Little Lady, even-money favorite Jesse Jr First Down, Volten, Kru 82, and Eyegazzo completed the order of finish.

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