Hobbs America Futurity, Derby Set For Sunday

The two graded stakes headline an 11-race program at Zia Park.


Champion and 2016 All American Futurity winner Imperial Eagle is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday's Hobbs America Derby at Zia Park.

Mr Perry Strong, a stakes winner during the Ruidoso Downs summer meet, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Sunday’s 400-yard, $201,550 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) at Zia Park.

Trained by Mike Joiner for owner Licon Farm and Ranch LLC, Mr Perry Strong has earned $47,396 from five starts, and his two wins include a three-quarter length victory in the 350-yard, $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes on June 11. The gelded son of champion Mr Jess Perry drew post 5 and will be ridden by Salvador Martinez.

Victor Lozano’s Phantom Fury, a son of One Sweet Jess trained by Jose Luis Muela and the fastest qualifier, drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jose Luis Enriquez. The morning-line favorite, the gelding is coming off of a two-length victory as the even-money favorite in the last of five trials on September 23.

The complete lineup, in post position order including morning-line odds and jockey assignments:
Dee Favorite Girl (Esgar Ramirez), 20-1
Apollitical Brooke (Martin Felix), 4-1
Phantom Fury (Jose Luis Enriquez), 5-2
Flight Force (G.R. Carter Jr.), 5-1
Mr Perry Strong (Salvador Martinez), 6-1
Ym Valentine (Mauro Salcedo), 30-1
Jessica Alexandra (Ricky Ramirez), 10-1
Jess Shantastic (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 12-1
Papaws Paint (Bonifacio Perez), 6-1
Brown Tres Seis (Tanner Thedford), 10-1

Hobbs America Derby
Imperial Eagle, a gray son of One Famous Eagle owned by the Estate of Charles Robinson and Christina Robinson, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 440-yard, $151,500 Hobbs America Derby (G3).

Last year’s AQHA champion 2-year-old, Imperial Eagle has won nine of 14 starts, including last year’s Grade 1, 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, and he has earned $1,789,521. The gelding has won three of five starts and has banked $68,014 this year, and his season resume includes a neck victory as the even-money choice in the June 10, $100,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Imperial Eagle drew post 10 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including morning-line odds and jockey assignments:
Marseille (Jose Enrique Ortiz), 12-1
C Twister Seis (Felipe Garcia-Luna), 8-1
Chainman (Bonifacio Quiroz), 12-1
Isadelight (Jose Montoya), 15-1
Jm Mister Destiny (Alejandro Medellin), 10-1
Apollitical Kitten (Raul Herrera), 30-1
Frenemy (Mauro Salcedo), 30-1
Magestic Eagle (Tanner Thedford), 9-2
Sfs Simple Life (Roberto Valero), 15-1
Imperial Eagle (Esgar Ramirez), 4-5

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