|Trials for Grade 1, $400,000 Estimated Texas Classic Derby Draws 46 Entries at Lone Star Park
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Wednesday, October 17, 2012) - Friday night's trials for the Grade 1, $400,000 estimated Texas Classic Derby, carded as races four through eight on the nine-race program, drew 46 entries. First-race post time is 6:35 p.m. with the first trial scheduled for 7:47 p.m. The Texas Classic Derby Trials will be contested at 440 yards with the final to be run closing night Saturday, November 10.
Entries of note in the Texas Classic Derby Trials are:
- Race four features the Eddie Willis-trained Bps Jumpin Frisco, winner of $129,885 so far this year winning his trials to both the All-American Derby and the Heritage Place Derby only to come up short in both of those events (third in Heritage Place and ninth in All-American).
- In race five, another Eddie Willis trainee, A Toss Up, is seeking another graded win since taking Grade 1 Sooner State Stakes at Remington last April. The gelding by Sweet First Down, finished fifth in the Grade 1, Remington Park Invitational Championship in May and second in the Grade 3, Higheasterjet Handicap at Ruidoso Downs in July.
- Most notable of all entries in the Texas Classic Derby Trials is Ochoa in race six. Trained by C. Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath, the gelding by Tres Seis is the all-time highest money earner in American Quarter Horse racing. Ochoa has eight wins from 10 starts and $2,602,553 in earnings.
- Sweet Oblivion highlights race seven. The filly by Mr Jess Perry was second in the Ruidoso Derby Challenge in June and finished fourth in the Grade 1, $174,000 Dash for Cash Derby here September 12 after winning her trial. Trained by Mike Robbins, Sweet Oblivion has won four of eight starts for $35,460 in earnings.
- Sure Shot B, winner of 2011 Grade 1, Texas Classic Futurity has had a disappointing year so far in 2012. From three starts, has recorded ninth, tenth and fifth place finishes this year. Trained by Bobby Martinez, the gelded son of Stoli has had some rest since August and should be tough. Sure Shot B has five wins from nine starts and $532,285 in earnings.
Additional Notes: Ricky Ramirez leads all jockeys at the 2012 Fall Meeting of Champions with 14 wins … Brain Stroud heads the trainer standings with 10 wins … A.D. Maddox has the lead for owners with five wins. Stats are through Saturday, October 13, 2012.
On The Track: More live racing action Saturday with 14 trial races scheduled for the Grade 1, Texas Classic Futurity. First race begins 6:36 p.m. (CDT).
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