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Veterans Vs Upstarts at Hobbs

Grade 1 winners face off against newcomers in hobbs America races.

Q-Racing Journal
October 4, 2013

They don’t have the top qualifying times, but Ruidoso Futurity (G1) runner-up You N How Many More in the $275,000 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) and All American Derby (G1) third-place finisher Point Break Dash have the Grade 1 resumes to be very dangerous Sunday afternoon in the $176,764 Hobbs America Derby (G3).

K H Logax Inc.’s You N How Many More (Chicks Regard-Miss Quick Houston by Mr Houston) was second in his Hobbs America Derby trial at 3-5 odds while racing to the fifth-fastest qualifying time of :19.645 for 400 yards. He showed that he could step forward off that effort after his strong campaign at Ruidoso Downs. He was just a nose behind Cartel Quick in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1), and he reached the All American Futurity finals after a 2 1/2-length romp in his trial. He had a troubled trip in the All American Futurity and finished sixth.

Trainer Juan Gonzalez, winner of the All American Futurity with Handsome Jack Flash, saddles You N How Many More along with fourth-fastest qualifier Mrs James (Jesse James Jr-Blazin Nights by Chicks A Blazin) and eighth-fastest qualifier Rocked Up (Shazoom-Jess Ought To Go Now by Mr Jess Perry), a finalist in the Rainbow Futurity (G1).

Anna Marie Crowson’s Royal Fast Jess (Jess Zoomin-Royal Fast Woman by Heza Fast Man) and Valerino Racing Stables’ Echoes Of Love (One Famous Eagle-Echoes Of Angels by Eyesa Special) share the fastest qualifying time of :19.530.

Royal Fast Jess makes a big class jump in his third start after winning his maiden in his Hobbs America trial for trainer Anna Crowson. The gelding overcame a troubled start in his trial to win by three-quarters of a length.

Echoes Of Love showed potential this spring when she raced in the Heritage Place Juvenile (R). She then was sidelined throughout the summer and came back for trainer Toby Keeton to win her Hobbs America Futurity trial by a half length and win her maiden in her third start.

Jon and Donna McPherson’s Point Break Dash (First Down Dash-Ms Pilot Point by Splash Bac) comes into the Hobbs America Derby after finding his Grade 1 form at Ruidoso Downs. The Paul Jones-trained colt raced to a third-place finish in the $2.8 million All American Derby, the richest race in American Quarter Horse racing history, after he recorded a fourth-place finish in the $1,055,000 Rainbow Derby (G1).

Point Break Dash rallied to win his Hobbs America Derby trial by a nose with the eighth-fastest time of :21.816.

Topping the Hobbs America Derby qualifiers was Don Apodaca’s Obamano (Oak Tree Special-Red Tomacita by First On The Red). He returned to racing in the Juan Gonzalez barn for the Hobbs America Derby trials after a nine-month layoff. He won his trial by a neck, and his time of :21.470 for 440 yards was the quickest mark from four trials.

Obamano was third in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) and qualified for the Sunland Winter Futurity (G2) during his 2-year-old season.