Eagle Coast Gets Up to Win $344,250 Hobbs America Futurity

The $20,000 yearling pays big dividends at Zia Park on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Eagle Coast, a two-time futurity trial winner at Ruidoso Downs last summer, earned his first stakes win in Sunday's 400-yard Hobbs America Futurity at Zia Park.

Eagle Coast, a sorrel son of One Dashing Eagle owned by Ernesto Palacio and the seventh-fastest qualifier, got up at the wire to win the Hobbs America Futurity (G2) at Zia Park on Sunday.

Ridden by Sergio Becerra Jr. for trainer Jose Luis Muela and racing against a reported 21-mph head wind, Eagle Coast went 400 yards in :19.571, and his winning margin was a nose from Jess Saying. The gelding banked the $166,070 winner's share of the $344,250 purse to boost his earnings to $209,658.

Eagle Coast was bred in Missouri by Jim Streelman and Bill Dale, and he was a $20,000 purchase by Palacio at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The gelding is out of Coastal Candy, a winning and multiple stakes placed 11-year-old daughter of champion Ocean Runaway.

Eagle Coast has been raced exclusively in New Mexico and has won three of seven starts. His resume includes a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Suze Returns, in the April 14, 300-yard West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park.

Fastest qualifier Sure Fire Quick finished third, one length behind the winner. Breaking New Ground, Badhabit Jess, Swearengen, KR Cracker Jack, and Lethal Moon completed the order of finish. Two finalists were listed by Equibase as stewards' scratches: Second-fastest qualifier CD Better Be First and fourth-fastest qualifier Braggadocios.

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