|Unbeaten Automatically Likely Favorite
for $1 million Texas Classic Futurity; Pyc Paint Your Wagon Was Fastest
Qualifier in 13 Trials Saturday at Lone Star Park
November 12, 2005) - The Heath Taylor-trained Automatically
remained unbeaten in three starts and is the likely favorite for
the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity on Nov. 26 after clocking
400 yards Saturday in :19.882 - the third fastest time in 13 trial
races at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
"And he didn't get away too good," said Automatically's
regular rider Gilbert Ortiz.
Michael Pohl's Lazy E Futurity winner and Rainbow Futurity runner-up
Pyc Paint Your Wagon - a Jack Brooks trainee ridden by Jacky Martin
- was the fastest qualifier on the night with a quick time of :19.804
in final heat. Meanwhile, Memories On the Run, owned by Eusevio
Huitron and trained by Frank Ramirez, posted a time of 19.853 in
the sixth race.
But undefeated Automatically's credentials and high-profile connections
will probably lead to favoritism in the Grade 1 final in two weeks.
A total of 120 two-year-old American Quarter Horses competed in
the trials. The 10 fastest times advanced to the final, which is
annually the richest horse race in Texas and features a $434,478
first prize. The finalists are Pyc Paint Your Wagon, Memories On
the Run; Automatically; Real Visions (:19.898); Brindis Por Cayenne
(:19.930); Exclusive Corona (:19.969); Vodka On Ice (:19.969); Enticilizeur
(:20.031); Ja Fast Lady (:20.061); and Mr Perry To You (:20.070).
Highly regarded Automatically, a Streakin La Jolla gelding owned
by Teddy Abrams Jr. of Houston, remained undefeated with a powerful
1 ¼-length victory over Crazy About Corona in the night's
"With the exception of the slow start, he ran super,"
Ortiz said. "We were beat about a head or neck out of the gate.
I got after him left-handed and then he got away from them real
"This horse has always showed promise, but he's had to overcome
some problems. He dealt with a shin problem after his maiden win
at Delta (in June) and then they laid him up for the All American
In the Aug. 18 All American Futurity trials at New Mexico's Ruidoso
Downs, Automatically had the fastest 440-yard time of :21.511 into
a 5 mph headwind through the first 10 of 16 trials. That day, he
easily handled Pyc Paint Your Wagon by 1 ¼ lengths. But after
the 10th race, the wind died then quickly shifted to a 10 mph tailwind.
"If it wasn't for that wind shift, he would have been in the
finals," claimed Ortiz. Slowly but surely, Automatically's
time slid down and out of the Top 10 and settled at No. 11 - just
16-hundredths of a second from a chance at Quarter Horse racing's
coveted $1.9 million All American.
There were no major wind shifts Saturday at Lone Star - mainly
a 10 mph headwind - and Automatically will get his chance at a big
payday in two weeks.
Pyc Paint Your Wagon, a 2-year-old Corona Cartel homebred colt,
won for the second time in seven career starts and improved his
bankroll to $171,542. Meanwhile, Memories On the Run qualified to
his second Grade 1 race of the year. In June, he finished third
in the Retama Park Futurity in San Antonio. Overall, the 2-year-old
Leaving Memories gelding has won three of eight starts and $41,008.
DOWN THE STRETCH - Dash For Cash Futurity
winner All American Winner failed to qualify after a slow start
in the night's fifth trial. He rallied late to finish second, a
neck back of winner Real Visions with a time of :20.104...The prize
money in the Texas Classic Futurity will be distributed as follows:
$434,478 (first); $215,437 (second); $107,718 (third); $53,859 (fourth);
$43,087 (fifth); $32,316 (sixth); and $29,623 (seventh through 10th)...The
horses that finished No. 11-20 in the time trials are eligible to
compete in an $80,789 consolation, also on Nov. 26. Those horses
are Azoomer (:20.078); Cotton Nash (:20.078); Shazoomer (:20.079);
MJP Loop (:20.082); Silver Gol (:20.082); Sis B Gol (:20.084); Copacorona
Special (:20.094); Heza Caliente Hombre (:20.098); Streakin Graffiti
(:20.098); and Boknaai (:20.102)...The consolation prize money:
$21,544 (first); $18,851 (second); $16,158 (third); $13,465 (fourth);
and $10,772 (fifth)...Live racing at Lone Star resumes Wednesday
at 5 p.m. CT...Only seven live racing dates remain. Closing day
is Sunday, Nov. 27 - the only 1:35 p.m. CT matinee program of the
meeting...Two stakes events highlight the upcoming week's action.
On Friday, fillies and mares will dash 400 yards in the $20,000
Kool Kue Baby Handicap. Saturday's featured event is the Grade 3,
$20,000 Lone Star Park Distance Championship at 870 yards...Saturday's
$300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, a Grade I, six-furlong
sprint at Laurel Park, tops the week's simulcast action. Attila's
Storm and Elusive Jazz, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Breeders'
Cup Sprint, are among the likely starters...Also on tap Saturday
are Churchill Downs' Grade III, $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (fillies
and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf); Aqueduct's Grade III, $100,000
Stuyvesant Handicap (3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles); Hollywood
Park's Grade III, $100,000 Hollywood Prevue (2-year-olds at seven
furlongs); Laurel's Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Futurity (2-year-olds
at 1 1/16 miles on turf); opening day of the special 37-day Fair
Grounds at Louisiana Downs meeting; and eight stakes that comprise
Stars of Texas Night at Sam Houston, including the $100,000 Star
of Texas Stakes (Texas-breds at 1 1/16 miles)...Sunday's simulcast
highlights are Churchill's Grade III, $150,000 River City Handicap
(3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf) and Aqueduct's Grade
III, $100,000 Valley Stream Stakes (2-year-old fillies at six furlongs)...Wednesday
is the third and final Charity Night of the meeting. Two-percent
of the on-track dollars wagered Wednesday will be donated to the
Texas A&M Equine Research Fund...Wednesday's fifth race is named
in honor of Debra Sanchez, this week's Lone Star Park Charitable
Foundation for Grand Prairie "Volunteer of the Week."
For the past two years, Sanchez has volunteered as Secretary for
the Grand Prairie Arts Council. Co-workers consider her and her
husband Martin "invaluable to the Grand Prairie Arts Councils
and its productions, volunteering and lending their helping hands
at all events."