Prospect To The Top Returns in Hobbs
Champion returns to the races at Zia Park.
September 10, 2013
One of the most accomplished Quarter Horses in the history of Zia Park returns to the Hobbs, New Mexico, racetrack on Saturday. Champion Prospect to the Top will be the top prospect in a field of 10 for the 350-yard, $55,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2).
Prospect To The Top is currently on a three-race win streak that he began at Zia Park Racetrack & Casino last December 2 when he won the $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on his way to earning a year-end championship. With that victory, Prospect to the Top became the first horse since Zia’s opening in 2005 to sweep the track’s most prestigious open futurity, derby, and older Quarter Horse stakes races. Prospect To The Top captured the Hobbs America Futurity (G2) in 2010 and Hobbs America Derby (G2) in 2011. The 5-year-old bay horse owned by Joel Tavarez, trained by Brandon Muniz, and ridden by Oscar Rincon is coming off a victory in the All American Gold Cup (G3) at Ruidoso Downs in his 2013 debut on September 1.
Prospect to the Top’s top competition could come from Eyein This Feature, Executive Brass, and stablemates Llano Cartel and Oilwagon. Eyein This Feature, who will be ridden by Jaime Parga Leos for trainer Juan Gonzalez, is coming off a second-place finish to Ochoa, Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leader in money earned, in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso Downs on August 4. Executive Brass, who will have Bonifacio Perez aboard for trainer David Meridyth, won the $626,568 Ruidoso Derby (G1) in June 2012. Alfredo Gomez will saddle both Llano Cartel, a graded stakes winner this year, and Oilwagon, a winner of four of six lifetime.
There is still more Prospect To The Top can accomplish at Zia Park. A major change to this year’s stakes schedule is that the Zia Park Championship, which he won last year, will serve as an automatic qualifier for December’s Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The James Isaac Hobbs Stakes is named for the founder of Hobbs who first came to the area from Texas in 1907 with his wife, Francis, and their four children.
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