|Streakin Down Flashes Speed in Texas Classic Derby
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Saturday, November 13, 2010) - Streakin Down, owned by Ed Melzer and trained by Eddie Willis, won the 18th running of the $367,649 Texas Classic Derby (G1) for three-year-olds over a fast track at Lone Star Park on Saturday night.
Ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks, the bay son of Streakin Sixes, out of the Heza Fast Man mare First Lady Amber, parlayed a quick burst out of the gate into a strong finish to complete his 440-yard assignment in 21.237 seconds for a Speed Index of 102. First Prize Leesa finished a half-length behind in second, and it was a nose back to Dash Back Perry in third.
“This was the best he ever left from the gate,” said winning jockey Jimmy Dean Brooks. “In the trials, he tried leaving there but he caught his quarter, and that’s the reason he didn’t really bust out of the gate in the trials. He left there tonight and I really felt good after that. I didn’t think they’d catch me with about 100 yards to go.”
“He was really relaxed and came into the paddock really good, and that was a big part for him running so well tonight,” said winning trainer Eddie Willis. “When he broke the way he did, I thought they wouldn’t catch him.”
With the win, Streakin Down improved his record to 9 wins from 17 starts, and with the $163,604 winner’s share of the purse he increased his career earnings to $399,662.
Streakin Down paid $9.80, $4.00 and $3.20, runner-up First Prize Leesa returned $2.80, $3.20, and Dash Back Perry paid $5.20 for show. Whathaveigottado, First Corona Call, Gallant Corona, Love Samba, Deflowered, and Illegal Fireworks completed the order of finish.