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'Prospect' Tops Hobbs Stakes

Texas-bred closing in on $1 million mark in career earnings.

September 14, 2013

Joel Tavarez’s Prospect To The Top took another step closer to joining the millionaire’s club as he added yet another Zia Park stakes win to his resume when he captured the $55,000 James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2) on Saturday at the New Mexico track. Ridden by Oscar Rincon and trained by Brandon Muniz, the 5-year-old stallion by Coronas Prospect prevailed by a neck as the 6-5 favorite in a time of :17.230 for 350 yards.

Bred in Texas by Sue May, Prospect To The Top has won 12 of 24 career starts and his bankroll now stands at $981,150. This marked the fourth straight graded stakes win for Prospect To The Top. He ended his 2012 campaign with a pair of Grade 1 wins in December in the Zia Park Championship and The Championship at Sunland Park, and then he won his first start of this season in the All American Gold Cup (G3) at Ruidoso Downs on September 1. His Zia Park successes also include the Hobbs America Futurity (G2) and Hobbs America Derby (G2).

Crowson Racing’s Jess Cuervo, who last time out finished second in the Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso, got up to finish second. Robert Sanchez’s Eyein This Feature, who finished third behind Jess Cuervo in the Higheasterjet and then took second in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G3), crossed the wire third.