|Grade 1, $1.15 Million Texas Classic Futurity Highlights Closing Night of 2011 Fall Meeting of Champions at Lone Star Park
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Wednesday, November 9, 2011) - Saturday’s 19th running of the Grade 1, $1.15 million Texas Classic Futurity, the richest annual horse race in Texas, to be run at the distance of 400 yards, highlights closing night of the 2011 Fall Meeting of Champions.
Heath Taylor, conditioner of fastest qualifier Sixes Streak and third fastest qualifier Fast Prize Jordan, will be well represented in the premier race for two-year-olds at the meeting.
Owned by Jerry Windham, Sixes Streak has won six of eight starts for $179,349 in earnings, including the Grade 1, $414,045 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park October 8. Sixes Streak is seeking to become only the second horse to complete the Dash for Cash Futurity/Texas Classic double (Tempting Dash, 2009). Jerrod Deschamp has the call.
“Sixes Streak ran a picture perfect race in the trials and beat a nice horse in The Long Knife, a horse that I have a tremendous amount of Respect for,” said trainer Heath Taylor. “Obviously we all need a good clean start. This race is too deep and talented to overcome miscues and bobbles. The horse that wins this race will run the best for 400 yards, not 399.”
Taylor’s other charge, Fast Prize Jordan, owned by Weetona Stanley and W.E. Smith, has been victorious in four of six starts with $69,766 in earnings. G.R. Carter, J.R., who also piloted Sixes Streak in qualifying for the Texas Classic Futurity, will be in the irons.
“He (Fast Prize Jordan) has to do it when the money’s down but since day one he’s shown a tremendous amount of ability, and he’s exceptionally fast,” added Taylor. “We’re in the unique situation of having two talented horses for the marquee race in Texas, not that that guarantees anything, but I live in Texas (Ledbetter) and I race in Texas, and this is a race that I want to win.”
Also of note in the Texas Classic Futurity, The Long Knife, trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, and Tee Cos, trained by Quarter Horse’s all-time winningest trainer Paul Jones. The former, has a race record of two wins from five starts for $125,440 in earnings and recorded the second fastest qualifying time for Saturday nights final, the latter, finished third in the Grade 1, $2.4 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs September 5. Tee Cos has won two of six starts for $195,996 in earnings.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Special Royal Corona (Saul Ramirez, Jr., 15-1), Sure Shot B (Salvador Martinez, 8-1), Algorithmic (Russel Hadley, 15-1), Fast Prize Jordan (G.R. Carter, Jr., 9-2), The Long Knife (Alex Baldillez, Jr., 7-2), Sixes Streak (Jarrod Deschamp, 8-5), Dm Strait Up (Ramon Sanchez, 15-1), Tee Cos (Esgar Ramirez, 12-1), Linda Tee Fire (Cody Jensen, 12-1), and Jess a Comment (Luis Ramirez, 20-1).
The Grade 1, $1.15 million Texas Classic Futurity is scheduled as race 10 on the 11-race program with a scheduled post time of 10:11 p.m.
Cold Cash 123 Heads Grade 1, $335,631 Texas Classic Derby
Cold Cash 123, owned by T. Bill Stables Inc. and trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the 19th running of the Grade 1, $335,631 Texas Classic Derby, to be run at the distance of 440 yards, Saturday night at Lone Star Park.
The bay son of Oak Tree Special won the Grade 1, $899,524 Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs July 23, and finished a troubled seventh as the favorite in the Grade 1, $1,316,760 All American Derby, also at Ruidoso, September 4. The third fastest qualifier for the Texas Classic Derby, Cold Cash 123 has won seven of 12 starts for $656,956 in earnings and will be ridden by Joe Martinez.
“He’s always trained well and he’s doing as good as he ever has,” said trainer Dwayne “Sleepy “ Gilbreath. “He’s always had trouble getting out of the gate but he’s a very, very fast horse.”
Llano Teller, owned by Wootan Racing & Reed Land & Cattle and trained by Heath Reed, will be out to deny Cold Cash 123. The bay son of Teller Cartel recorded the fastest qualifying time in the trials for the Texas Classic Derby with a time of 21.120. Lllano Teller has won 10 of 17 starts for $1,530,732 in earnings, including wins in the Grade 1, $1,316,760 All American Derby September 4 and the Grade 1, $702,650 Ruidoso Derby June 28.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Down Rite Royal (Cody Jensen, Jr., 6-1), Llano Teller (Ramon Sanchez, 5-2), The Printing Press (Jimmy Brooks, 6-1), Coronas Allure (Ricky Ramirez, 6-1), Jumpn Shake (Russel Hadley, 20-1), Endless Ocean (Saul Ramirez, Jr., 20-1), Cold Cash 123 (Joe Martinez, 8-5), Executive Prince (Rodrigo Vallejo, 15-1), First Stone Prize (Jarrod Deschamp, 20-1), and I See Candy Paint (Tony Bennett, 10-1).
The Grade 1, $335,631 Texas Classic Derby is scheduled as race nine on the 11-race program with a scheduled post time of 9:47 p.m.