|Team Cox, Buchanan, Vazquez Qualify Three to $1 Million Texas Classic Futurity at LSP
(November 19, 2006) - Two weeks from now, owner Bobby Cox,
trainer John Buchanan and jockey Juan Vazquez can only hope to duplicate
the success they had Saturday night at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie,
Texas. Before a crowd of 4,504, the trio qualified three American
Quarter Horses to Texas’ richest race – the $1,053,912
Texas Classic Futurity, set for closing night of the meeting on
Saturday, Dec. 2.
Their 2-year-olds Ivory James and Riddick were the two fastest
of 58 juveniles that attempted to qualify to the lucrative final.
Dash For Cash Futurity champ Dont Let Down also advanced, as did
the Buchanan-trained City Class, who is owned by Johanna Howell
“This was an unbelievable night,” said Cox, the Peaster,
Texas resident who’s the chairman of Schlotzsky’s restaurants.
“Hopefully, they’ll all come back and run good.”
Cox owns Riddick and Dont Let Down by himself and Ivory James in
partnership with Sylvia Pittman.
The 10 fastest times in six trials races (Races 7-12) advanced
to the Dec. 2 final. The complete list of qualifiers: Ivory James
(:19.796); Riddick (:19.811); Valiant Hero (:19.853); City Class
(:19.986); Dont Let Down (:19.912); First Prize Perry (:19.937);
First Freeze (:19.976); Iam Little Strawfly (:20.006); Fantasies
Royal (:20.025); and Jess Katen (:20.045).
The qualifiers were comprised of the top four finishers in Race
7 and the top two in Races 8, 10 and 11. No horses from Races 9
or 12 advanced.
Dont Let Down, who followed his third place finish in the All American
Futurity with a half-length victory in the Grade 1, $426,375 Dash
For Cash Futurity at Lone Star on Oct. 28, will attempt to become
the first horse to complete a Dash For Cash-Texas Classic Futurity
double. The Buchanan-trained Pivotal Decision came closest to the
feat in 2000 when he finished a neck back of champion Eyesa Special
in the Texas Classic.
BALDILLEZ TRANSPORTED TO METHODIST HOSPITAL IN DALLAS
Jockey Roy Baldillez was transported to Methodist Hospital in Dallas
late Saturday night after the jockey appeared to injury his ribs
in a starting gate mishap during the ninth race – a trial
for the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity.
The injury occurred when his mount JW Showmethemoney reared in
stall seven prior to the start of the 400-yard race. Baldillez did
ride the race, however, and the 2-year-old, sent off at odds of
8-1, broke a bit slow and finished eighth.
Baldillez, Lone Star’s leading rider in 1999 and 2002, began
the night with 16 winners, which ranked fourth in this year’s
standings through 25 days of the 32-date meeting.
TIGHT RACES FOR LEADING JOCKEY, TRAINER, OWNER
The race to become Lone Star Park’s leading jockey, trainer
and owner is tight and a photo finish is expected. With six racing
dates left on the season, three jockeys are separated by two wins,
and two trainers are four apart for the top spot.
Defending riding champ ”Diamond” Jim Brooks will enter
the second-to-last week of racing with a 24-23 lead over Jeff Williams.
Fidencio Hernandez is third with two wins.
Leading trainer John Buchanan separated himself from Judd Kearl
on Saturday night with four wins on the 12-race card. Kearl had
one winner and trails Buchanan 18-14.
A.D. Maddox, who led all owners last year with nine winners, begins
the week with an 8-6 lead over Bobby Cox, who won two races Saturday
(he also had another victory in partnership with Sylvia Pittman).