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Saint Shackleton heads Hobbs America Futurity Trials


September 27, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

HOBBS, New Mexico (September 26, 2006) Ė Spence Petersonís Saint Shackleton, who finished in a dead heat for the win in the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity, tops the second of four trials to the $235,000 Hobbs America Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Zia Park.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the trials qualify to race in the 400-yard Hobbs America Futurity on October 15 at Zia Park.

The Todd Fincher-trained Saint Shackleton became one of the nationís premier 2-year-old Quarter Horses in the few seconds it took him to run down the then undefeated Okey Dokey Fantasy and share the win in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity, the first of the three Triple Crown futurities at Ruidoso Downs, on June 11.

With Bonifacio Perez aboard, Saint Shackleton caught Okey Dokey Fantasy in the final stride while both horses were timed in :17.48 for the 350 yards.

Perez rides Saint Shackleton when he starts from the fourth post position.

The futurity trials attracted the proven futurity horses Jess Destined and Run Perry Run from the Carl Draper stable.

Jess Destined, who races from the inside post position in the fourth trial, won the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park on April 9 and then finished third in the Rainbow Juvenile on July 23 at Ruidoso Downs.

In his most recent start, Jess Destined defeated Saint Shackleton by a half length in their All American Futurity trial and neither horse had a time fast enough to qualify for the All American Futurity.

Run Perry Run raced to a third-place finish behind Saint Shackleton and Okey Dokey Fantasy in the Ruidoso Futurity and then qualified for the $625,000 Rainbow Futurity, finishing seventh.

Run Perry Run starts from the 10th post position in the third trial.

Oscar Hernandez pilots Jess Destined and Run Perry Run in their trials.

Racing runs on a Saturday through Tuesday schedule at Zia Park with a 1:15 p.m. first post time. There is free parking and free grandstand admission daily.

On Sunday afternoon, the top 3-year-olds from throughout the southwest compete in the trials to the Hobbs America Derby.

On Monday and Tuesday, a $25,000-guaranteed Pick 4 is offered on the final four races.