Marseille Breaks Maiden in Grade 3 Hobbs America Derby
The Fdd Dynasty gelding wins at odds of 11-1 on Sunday.
October 7, 2017
A sharp break from his rail post helped Hugo Esquivel's Marseille score a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $150,535 Hobbs America Derby (G3) at Zia Park.
Marseille went 440 yards in :21.977 while racing against a reported 13-mph head wind, and the brown Fdd Dynasty gelding's margin of victory was a half of a length from odds-on favorite and fastest qualifier Imperial Eagle, last year's champion 2-year-old. Jose Enrique Ortiz rode Marseille for trainer Eric Quintana.
Marseille was bred in Colorado by Joiner and Kidd. The third-fastest qualifier, he was coming off of a second-place finish in one of four Hobbs America Derby trials on September 24.
Marseille sold for $50,000 at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, and the gelding is out of the graded stakes winning Separatist mare Kr Dragonfly. All told, he has won one of seven starts and has banked $76,757.
Sfs Simple Life, Isadelight, Magestic Eagle, C Twister Seis, Jm Mister Destiny, Frenemy, Apollitical Kitten, and Chainman completed the order of finish.
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