Paul Jones Sweeps Rich Zia Stakes

Trainer Paul Jones captures the Hobbs America Derby and Futurity at New Mexico track.

October 7, 2012

Zia Park on Sunday presented a stakes tripleheader with more than $500,000 in purse money over three graded events, and trainer Paul Jones sent out the winner in the two richest events. In addition to the $197,683 Hobbs America Derby (G3) and $299,843 Hobbs America Futurity (G2), the track ran the $55,180 Lubbock Stakes (G3), which was originally scheduled for last weekend but cancelled due to heavy rains.

In the Hobbs America Futurity, A Dream To Remember prevailed by three-quarters of a length with G.R. Carter Jr. aboard for Jones. The Oklahoma-bred filly by Corona Cartel dashed 400 yards in :19.330 and earned $143,925 for owners R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope and Henry Southway. The winner returned $12.80 for a $2 win bet.

A Dream To Remember broke her maiden in a trial for the All American Futurity (G1) and then ran third in the All American Juvenile Invitational (R). This win improved her record to 7-3-2-1 with earnings of $164,432. Gerald Libersat bred A Dream To Remember out of the accomplished Thoroughbred mare Hallowed Dreams, who won her first 16 career starts and retired with 25 wins from 30 starts.

Mexas Racing Team’s Whiteface Eagle, a One Famous Eagle filly sent off as the 5-2 favorite after winning three of her first four races, closed well to take second. K.H. Logax Inc.’s homebred Fastpass Regard, the runner-up in the All American Juvenile Invitational, crossed the wire third.

Jones also scored with Melissa Ann Miller’s homebred Jess Featureme Quick in the Hobbs America Derby. The Texas-bred gelding by Feature Mr Jess, sent off at 5-1, closed with a rush to win by a neck in :21.344 for 440 yards with Ramon Sanchez up.

This marked Jess Featureme Quick’s first stakes victory after the gelding came to Zia following a good third-place finish behind Ochoa in the All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. This victory was worth $94,888, and Jess Featureme Quick has now earned $331,982 with four wins in 11 trips to the post. Miller bred Jess Featureme Quick out of the winning Royal Quick Dash mare One Quick Cookie, who has also produced the stakes-placed Separatist mare One Famous Cookie.

Valle Guadiana Corporation’s Tres Seis Nueve, a Tres Seis colt who finished a close fourth in the Rainbow Derby (G1), had the lead for much of the race and held on for second. Jaime Dominguez’s Feature Mr Who took third.

The Lubbock Stakes for fillies and mares went to Carl Pevehouse’s homebred Candy Cartel, who drew clear to win by a length with Tony Bennett in the saddle for trainer Clinton Crawford. The 9-5 favorite covered 400 yards in :19.381.

The well-traveled Candy Cartel, a 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred daughter of Corona Cartel out of the Strawfly Special mare This Candys Special, has won four stakes at as many different tracks. Her prior stakes victories include the Fort Erie Derby in Canada, the Decketta Stakes (G3) at Remington Park and the Fair Meadows Belles Stakes in Tulsa. She has won half of her 18 career starts and has now banked $189,721.

Abra Cadabraa, a Feature Mr Jess filly making her first start against stakes company, finished a clear second with KR Dragonfly, the winner of last year’s Lubbock Stakes (then G2), in third.