Believe Me Irene Wins Hobbs America Derby

The filly rallies to earn her first stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Believe Me Irene earned her first stakes victory in Sunday's Grade 3, 440-yard Hobbs America Derby at Zia Park.

Diamond Racing Stables' Believe Me Irene rallied to win Sunday's $219,703 Hobbs America Derby (G3) at Zia Park.

Ridden by Esgar Ramirez and sent to post as the 4-1 second choice in the field of 10, Believe Me Irene covered 440 yards in :21.765 while racing against a reported 21-mph head wind. Jose Muela saddled the Valiant Hero filly.

Believe Me Irene's margin of victory was a neck from 50-1 longshot Fooze Jr, while 46-1 longshot Mister Moody Blue finished third. The filly was bred in Arizona by H & E Ranch Inc., and she was an $8,000 buy at the 2016 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.

The eighth-fastest qualifier, Believe Me Irene was coming off of a second-place finish in her Hobbs America Derby trial on September 23. The filly has won three of her 11 outs, and the $105,457 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed her earnings to $261,157.

Believe Me Irene ended her 2-year-old campaign with a second-place run, a neck behind winnerr Despain GL, in the 400-yard, $200,000 Sunland Park Juvenile Championship.

Jess Move You, the 13-10 favorite, finished fourth and was followed by fastest qualifier Mr Perry Strong, Medessy, Invisible Cartel, FDD Can Jazz, Heza Streakin Legacy, and Legacy Eagle.

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