TF Im That Guy Wins Hobbs America Derby

The First Down Dash colt earns his first stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Victor M. Diaz's TF Im That Guy scored his first stakes win in Sunday's Hobbs America Derby at Zia Park.

TF Im That Guy, the third-fastest qualifier and 9-2 third choice, scored a wire-to-wire victory in the $208,764 Hobbs America Derby (G3) at Zia Park on Sunday.

Ridden by J.R. Valenzuela, TF Im That Guy covered 440 yards in :21.753, and his winning margin was one length from fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite Boxwineizfine. Samuel Robledo saddled the colt for owner Victor M. Diaz of Sunland Park, New Mexico.

The $100,207 winner's share of the purse from the colt's first stakes win increased his earnings to $428,524. The colt was bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC and Tate Farms. His sire, First Down Dash, is the sport's all-time leading sire and was the 1987 world champion.

A $32,000 buy at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, TF Im That Guy has won four of 13 starts, including two of six this year. His lifetime record includes a third-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Jess Good Candy, in last year's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Thru The Night finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind TF Im That Guy. Sprinster, Motorboatin, Apollitical OK, Significant Runner, Silver Citizen, Seis Me, and TLM Streakin Joy completed the order of finish.

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