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Futurity, Derby doubleheader at Zia Park on Sunday

October 11, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Hobbs, NM (Oct. 11, 2006) – Trainer Carl Draper sends out three contenders in the $235,000 Hobbs America Futurity and fastest-qualifier One Special Shade ranks as the favorite in the $119,600 Hobbs America Derby during a rare stakes doubleheader program on Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

First post time for the 11-race program is 1:15 p.m. with the 440-yard derby running as the ninth race and the 400-yard futurity held as the 10th race. The two stakes will be part of the Pick 4 that starts with the eighth race.

There is always free parking and free grandstand admission at Zia Park.

The Draper-trained Hobbs America Futurity competitors are fastest-qualifier Run Perry Run, Lady Zarah and Jess Kicken.

Run Perry Run is running in his fourth important New Mexico futurity after qualifying for the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity, Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity and the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity. A third-place effort in the Ruidoso Futurity was his most productive result from those three grade 1 stakes. In the Ruidoso Futurity he finished a half length behind the dead-heating pair of Saint Shackleton and Okey Dokey Fantasy.

Run Perry Run won his Hobbs America Futurity trial in :19.789 for 400 yards, the quickest time from four trials.

Lady Zarah may run to her potential in the Hobbs America Futurity after racing to a one-and-a-half length trial win, her second victory in her three latest starts. The late-running filly won her trial in :19.920, the fifth-fastest qualifying mark.

Jess Kicken, a maiden, is trying to step forward after third-place efforts in his All American Futurity trial and his Hobbs America Futurity trial.

Saint Shackleton has the class edge as the sole Grade 1 winner in the Hobbs America Futurity. The talented Todd Fincher-trained colt found another gear in the final strides of the Ruidoso Futurity, catching Okey Dokey Fantasy to finish on even terms. In his three subsequent starts he has been second in three futurity trials, including overcoming a stumble at the start of his Hobbs America Futurity trial.

Eyesa Runner, second in his trial to Run Perry Run, could be dangerous in the Hobbs America Futurity after a noteworthy trial effort. He stumbled at the start, regained his balance and ran to the lead, only to be caught by favored Run Perry Run.

The Juan Gonzalez-trained Eyesa Runner was third in the West Texas Futurity.

In the Hobbs America Derby, One Special Shade should be favored to continue a successful comeback after a long layoff. The Jimmie Claridge-trained gelding was given a 9-month rest after a very successful 2-year-old campaign. He made his sophomore debut in the Hobbs America Derby trials and responded with a game head-bobbing win over Boknaai. One Special Shade has the fastest-qualifying time of :21.801 while Boknaai was timed in :21.805, a difference of just .004.

As a juvenile, One Special Shade closed his 2005 season with five wins and a close second in the Grade 1 Dash For Cash Futurity. His wins included the Grade 3 Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge and the Grade 2 Sunland Fall Futurity, his final 2005 start.

The John Boegner-owned and –trained Boknaai is well seasoned with 22 career starts. He’s maintained his form in his two latest starts with a close second in the All American Overnight Stakes and narrowly missing the win in his Hobbs America Derby trial.

Four-time defending national champion trainer Paul Jones will be represented by Ketel Won, Kelowna Kash and Checkher A Firstdown in the Hobbs America Derby.

Ketel Won, a finalist in the Rainbow and All American derbies, overcome a bump at the start of his trial and drew away to a one-and-a-half length victory.

Kelowna Kash has two trial wins and a troubled seventh in the All American Derby in his three latest starts. He was a half-length Hobbs America Derby trial winner over Checkher A Firstdown and ET O Toole, who finished in a dead heat for second.

Checkher A Firstdown is making her first derby appearance since a fifth-place effort behind Strawkins’ track-record win in the Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs.