09/27/2006 11:00PM

Saint Shackleton seeking return to a futurity final

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Saint Shackleton is a leading contender in one of the four trials to the $235,000 Hobbs America Futurity at Zia Park on Saturday afternoon.

The finals of the Hobbs America Futurity will be contested Oct. 15.

Saint Shackleton became an early-summer favorite for the Sept. 4 All American Futurity when he rallied to finish in a dead heat with Okey Dokey Fantasy in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity on June 11. However, the Ruidoso Futurity was the only futurity appearance of his summer campaign at Ruidoso Downs. He finished second as the 2-5 favorite in his Rainbow Futurity trial and then finished second as the 1-2 favorite in his All American Futurity trial. In each of those trials, Saint Shackleton raced on a rain-soaked track and his time was not among the 10 fastest qualifying marks.

Saint Shackleton should catch a fast track Saturday when he starts in the second trial.

Jess Destined, who is in the fourth trial, defeated Saint Shackleton in their All American Futurity trial, but also did not have a time fast enough to qualify for the All American Futurity. Jess Destined became the year's early leader in the New Mexico juvenile ranks when he won the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity.

Run Perry Run, who is in the third trial, finished third in the Ruidoso Futurity and then finished seventh in the Rainbow Futurity.

One Special Shade starts comeback

On Sunday afternoon, Sunland Fall Futurity winner One Special Shade makes his first start since December in the second of three trials to the $119,600 Hobbs America Derby.

One Special Shade won 5 of 6 starts in his 2-year-old campaign last year, and he will be the horse to beat if he shows that form in his return to racing. Among his wins last year were the Grade 2 Sunland Fall Futurity and the Grade 3 New Mexico Juvenile Challenge. His lone defeat last year was a second by a nose in the Grade 1 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park.

The finals of the Hobbs America Derby will be contested Oct. 15.

Identity Theft eyes sixth win of year

Identity Theft goes after his fourth stakes win of the year in the Grade 3, $47,160 Bayer Legend Oklahoma Derby Challenge at Blue Ribbon Downs on Saturday afternoon.

Identity Theft has put together a consistent stakes campaign this year, with wins in the Grade 2 Manor Downs Derby, Grade 2 Gold cup Derby, and the Savannah Jr Stakes. He won his first five starts this year before finishing a close third at 7-1 in his Oklahoma Derby Challenge trial.

Also on Saturday, fastest qualifier Global Warming tries for his second career win in the Grade 3, $50,040 Ford Oklahoma Juvenile Challenge. He won his maiden in the trial, finishing 350 yards in 17.787 seconds.