|Texas Classic Futurity and Derby Highlight Closing Night on Saturday
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Wednesday, November 10, 2010) - The entry of Dm Streakn Thru Fire, the fastest qualifier in the trials held on Oct. 23, and Llano Teller, who had the third fastest time in qualifying, have been made the 4-5 favorite in the morning line for the 18th running of the Grade1, $1,036,612 Texas Classic Futurity, for 2-year-olds, to be run at 400 yards on Saturday, Nov. 13, closing night of Lone Star Park’s 2010 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses.
Telling No Lies Partnership’s Dm Streakn Thru Fire, trained by Michael Joiner, posted the fastest time, 19.432 seconds with a Speed Index of 103, for 400 yards over a muddy track under jockey G. R. Carter, Jr. three weeks ago. The sorrel Walk Thru Fire gelding, who finished fifth in the $1.9 Million All-American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Sept. 6, will be looking to improve on his record of three wins from six starts with his first stakes win.
Entry mate Llano Teller, owned by Wootan Racing & Reed Land & Cattle and trained by Jeffrey Reed, stopped the teletimer at 19.540 seconds (Speed Index 100) also with G. R. Carter, Jr. in the saddle that night. A bay, gelded son of Teller Cartel, Llano Teller, winner of the $200,000 Remington Park Futurity on April 17, enters the race with four wins with two seconds and two thirds in nine career starts and $429,355 in lifetime earnings. In the Futurity, Carter will ride Dm Streakn Thru Fire, while jockey Jimmy Brooks is on Llano Teller.
The toughest competition to the favored entry should come from Sammy C. & Johnny C. Martinez & Bobby D. Cox’s American Runaway, who is trained by Paul Jones. A gray son of Ocean Runaway, he enters the race with the highest career earnings, $460,473, and the second fastest qualifying time from the trials, 19.491 seconds with a Speed Index of 102. A winner of the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity on June 13, and runner up in both the $625,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on July 25 and the $200,000 Remington Park Futurity, American Runaway will have jockey Cody Jensen in the irons.
Scheduled as the ninth race on the 10-race Closing Night program, the Texas Classic Futurity has a scheduled post time of 9:47 p.m.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Bodacious Dash (Ricky Ramirez, 8-1); Dm Streakn Thru Fire (G. R. Carter, Jr., 4-5); Aquafina (Jerry Yoakum, 30-1); Forest Park (Esgar Ramirez, 15-1); Corona Rare (Rodrigo Vallejo, 15-1); Painted Sable (Saul Ramirez, Jr., 20-1); Llano Teller (Jimmy Brooks, 4-5); American Runaway (Cody Jensen, 5-2); Giorgino (J. R. Ramirez, 15-1); and Game of Royalty (Martin Rubalcava, 30-1). Dm Streakn Thru Fire and Llano Teller will run as an entry.
Fastest Qualifier Weetona Stanley's First Prize Leesa Faces Formidable Field in Texas Classic Derby
Weetona Stanley’s First Prize Leesa, who was the fastest qualifier among 32 competitors during the trials on Oct. 23 with a time of 21.325 seconds (Speed Index 99), has been made the slight favorite at 5-2 by track odds maker Rick Lee in the 18th running of the Grade 1, $367,649 Texas Classic Derby, for 3-year-olds, which will be run at 440 yards on Saturday, Nov. 13, closing night of Lone Star Park’s 2010 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses.
First Prize Leesa, the sorrel daughter of Mr Jess Perry trained by Heath Reed, enters the race with a record of six wins and a second from eight starts and $376,462 in earnings including a win in the $648 Remington Park Futurity on April 18. Trials’ jockey Cody Jensen returns to ride in the Derby.
Bobby Cox’s Sinuous, second fastest in the trials with a time of 21.377 seconds and Speed Index of 98, was third earlier in the meet in the $445,000 Dash For Cash Derby on Oct. 24. A winner of four out of 12 with two seconds and two thirds, the gray daughter of Mr Jess Perry is 3-1 in the morning line and will be ridden by Russel Hadley.
Another contender should be the third fastest qualifier Richard Shearer’s First Corona Call, who ran fourth in the $1,548,000 All American Derby on Sept. 5 at Ruidoso Downs. Trained by Trey Wood, the gelded son of Southern Corona has two wins and a second in the $445,000 Dash For Cash Derby last year over the Lone Star Park racing strip. Jockey Ricky Ramirez will be aboard First Corona Call, 6-1 in the morning line, as he goes for a fifth win in his 15th career start.
One other to watch is the race’s leading money earner, Streakin Down, owned by Ed Melzer and trained by Eddie Willis. The bay Streakin Sixes gelding comes into the race with a record of eight wins in 16 starts and has earned $492,784. Jimmy Brooks returns in the saddle after riding the winner of this year’s $291,000 Heritage Place Derby at Remington Park on May 29 to the seventh best time of the trials, 21.463 seconds. Streakin Down is 4-1 in the morning line.
The Texas Classic Derby is Race 7 on a 10-race card scheduled for 8:59 p.m.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Gallant Corona (Freddie Martinez, 12-1); First Corona Call (Ricky Ramirez, 6-1); Sinuous (Russel Hadley, 3-1); Streakin Down (Jimmy Brooks, 4-1); Dash Back Perry (Saul Ramirez, 15-1); First Prize Leesa (Cody Jensen, 5-2); Whathaveigottado (Larry Payne, 12-1); Love Samba (G. R. Carter, Jr., 20-1); Illegal Fireworks (Matthew Casebolt, 12-1); and Deflowered (Jerry Yoakum, 15-1).