All American Futurity Winner Stolis Winner Doesn't Disappoint in Texas Classic Futurity Trials

(Saturday, November 15, 2008) - Stolis Winner, owned by Jerry Windham and trained by Heath Taylor, was the fastest qualifier with a 400-yard time of 19.622 to earn a speed index of 101 in the trials for the Grade 1, $1.15 Texas Classic Futurity over a fast track on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Ridden by G.R. Carter, the All-American Futurity winner and all-time highest money winning two-year-old Quarter Horse in history had to overcome a delay at the start when Lightning Lass got loose behind the gate just prior to the seventh race. After unloading and reloading the gate, Stolis winner broke sharply and won impressively by a length-and-a-half ahead of his nearest rival Streakin Six Cartel, who qualified with the sixth best time (19.842) of the night.

“I was real proud of the starter letting him back out instead of making him stand there the whole time while they caught that other horse back there,” said winning jockey G.R. Carter, Jr. “He went back in and was real focused. When you have a horse like this, it makes the jockey’s job real easy.”

Taylor and Carter also teamed up with Mighty Corona, who ran the fifth fastest time (19.786) of the night, making Taylor the only trainer and Carter one of two jockeys to qualify two for the Nov. 29 final. Jockey Rodrigo Vallejo also rode two of the top qualifiers -- Mr Queens Mystery and Streakin Six Cartel.

The 10 qualifiers (in order with time, jockey and trainer in parenthesis) for the Texas Classic Futurity are:

Stolis Winner (19.622, G.R. Carter, Jr., Heath Taylor), Mr Queens Mystery (19.686, Rodrigo Vallejo, Robert Touchet), Double Chiseled (19.689, Christopher Zamora, Jorge Valenzuela), King Brimmerton (19.731, Russel Hadley, John Buchanan), Mighty Corona (19.786, G.R. Carter, Jr., Heath Taylor), Streakin Six Cartel (19.842, Rodrigo Vallejo, Guillermo Valdivia), First Down Mr Jess (19.864, Gaspar Garcia, Dwayne Gilbreath), Specially Alluring (19.882, Manuel Garcia, Judd Kearl), Cuz Eye Said (19.925, Adalberto Candanosa, Luis Villafranco), and Thecoloroftheblues (19.950, Luis Ramirez, Angel Sanchez).

Lake View Dreams finished 11th and missed qualifying by .003 of a second with a time of 19.953.

Lone Star Park’s 31-day, 2008 Quarter Horse Fall Meeting of Champions will be held from September 26 to November 29. After the opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, racing will be held every Thursday through Saturday in October and each Wednesday through Saturday in November, except Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 26-27 when there will be no live racing due to the Thanksgiving holiday. First post time for all dates will be 6:35 p.m. For more information, visit the track’s Web site at

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