|Brooks, Martin Team to Win $1 Million
Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park
November 26, 2005) - American Quarter Horse racing's legendary
duo of trainer Jack Brooks and jockey Jacky Martin struck again
Saturday night at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas when Pyc
Paint Your Wagon hit his best stride shortly after the start and
easily held 2-1 favorite Automatically at bay to win the $1 million
Texas Classic Futurity by a half-length in front of 4,108.
Pyc Paint Your Wagon, a 2-year-old Corona Cartel colt, zipped 400
yards in :19.73 into a 5 mph headwind to win Texas' richest horse
race. He paid $8.40 to win as the 3-1 second betting choice in the
field of 10.
Perhaps more importantly, he earned the hefty $434,479 first prize
for owner and breeder Michael Pohl. Overall he's won three of eight
starts and $606,021.
Earlier this year, Pyc Paint Your Wagon won the Lazy E Futurity
and finished second to Leading Spirit in the Rainbow Futurity. The
Texas-bred entered Saturday's race as the fastest qualifier after
13 trial races on Nov. 12 to determine the 10 finalists. His final
time that night was an impressive :19.804 in the evening's final
"He really ran a perfect race tonight," Martin said.
"In his first two steps, he didn't step away like he's capable
of - like he did in the trials. After 30 or 40 yards, he must have
opened up two lengths on the rest of them because I couldn't see
any other horses around us for a long time. About 100 yards before
the wire, we finally saw [Automatically]. I never even pushed the
horse tonight; I just let him run all on his own."
Hall of Fame trainer Brooks, who'll turn 70 on Dec. 7, praised
his runner after the eye-catching
"I think he compares with some of the better horses I've had
over the years and I've had a bunch of World Champions," said
Brooks, who has won record eight All American Futurities over four
decades. "The way he looks, he could come back next year and
be a really great Derby horse."
Brooks became the first trainer to score a second Texas Classic
Futurity win. In 2000, he and Martin teamed with future champion
Eyesa Special. Martin also won the race in 1998 aboard Fast Debonair
and is the only three-time winner of the race in 13 runnings.
This year's victory was especially meaningful for the 51-year-old
jockey, whose wife April suddenly passed away Oct. 28. "I was
needing this win," Martin. "This win will do me wonders...I've
been in kind of a bad state of affairs for the last month."
Earlier on the card, Lou Phillips' Shazoomer won the $80,788 Texas
Classic Futurity Consolation by a nose over Copacorona Special.
Mjp Loop was third. Trained by Janet Van Bebber, Shazoomer ran 400
yards in :20.25 under jockey Alvin "Bubba" Brossette and
paid $9.80 to win. It was the 2-year-old Shazoom gelding's third
win in eight starts. The $21,544 winner's share of the purse boosted
his earnings to $62,560.
Sunday's Closing Day Program Begins at 1:35 p.m. CT
Sunday's special closing day matinee program at Lone Star Park
begins at 1:35 p.m. CT. Grandstand gates will open at 12 p.m.
The 13-race program for American Quarter Horses features a pair
of $15,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at 400 yards, the Hipodromo de
las Americas (colts and geldings) and Joe B. Turner Memorial (fillies).
DOWN THE STRETCH - The winner of Friday's
Refrigerator Handicap traditionally receives an invitation to the
prestigious Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos
on Dec. 10. Because there was a dead heat for first between Vals
Fortune and Fredericksburg, Los Alamitos officials will soon conduct
a shake to determine which horse gets the bid, according to Los
Alamitos' Orlando Gutierrez. The loser of the shake is out of the
race. Should the winner of the shake decline the invitation, the
spot will go to the sixth-fastest qualifier in last Saturday's Z.
Wayne Griffin Director's Trials, Texas Chatterbox, winner of the
John Deere Distance Challenge. Already qualified to the Champion
of Champions are Apollitical Time, Apollos Favorite, Catchmeinyourdreams,
DM Shicago, Like Frankie And Me, Lds Dash For Dylan, Ocean Runaway,
Righteous Brother and Whosleavingwho...Jockey Danny Lavergne, who
fell hard to the ground after his mount Crystas Only Toole ducked
in sharply during Friday's sixth race, suffered a broken left wrist
from the incident, according to assistant clerk of scales Chuck
Tynan...Sunday's special closing day matinee 13-race program that
begins at 1:35 p.m. CT includes a pair of $15,000 stakes for 2-year-olds
at 400 yards, There's a Pick 6 carryover Sunday at Aqueduct of $52,148
on Races...Congratulations to the Lone Star Park employees who were
voted to the racetrack's 2005 Fall Meeting of Champions All-Star
Team: Peggy Babcock (Mutuels); Chris Beam (Accounting); Mark Bruns
(Building Engineering); Jerry Crim (Mutuels); Mary Sue Davis (Gift
Shop); Bill Green (Racing Information); Alex Haskell (Food &
Beverage); Trisha McDonald (Human Resources); Lorenzo Mascorro (Building
Engineering); Eduardo Ontiveros (Security); Roman Silva (Food &
Beverage); and Brandyce Tennison (Accounting). They'll be honored
in the winner's circle immediately after Sunday's second race...Blankets
worn by participants in the Texas Classics on Friday and Saturday
were sponsored by Jones Bloodstock Insurance Agency.