|Galactica Holds Off Fast Closing Aceguitar for the Win in the $105,600 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity Colts & Geldings Division at Lone Star Park
Grand Prairie, Texas (Saturday, July 22, 2017) - Favorite Galactica, owned in partnership by Carl R. Moore Management, LLC & Brad Grady, ran an impressive race and was able to hold off a fast closing Aceguitar to win the 28th running of the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for colts & geldings Saturday at Lone Star Park.
Ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr., Galactica pressed the pace, taking the lead at the three-sixteenths mark, and held gamely in the final furlong to finish three-quarters of a length better than Aceguitar.
Trained by Bret Calhoun, Galactica is a two-year-old gelded son of Uncle Abbie out of Castelli's Ace by Leo Castelli. He improved his record to 3-2-1-0 and upped his earnings total to $79,820.
Galactica was the wagering favorite and returned $4.00, $2.60 and $2.20. Aceguitar, ridden by Ted Gondron, was the second wagering choice and returned $3.20 and $2.80 for place. Toledo Pache, ridden by Kerwin Clark, was third and paid $10.00 for show. Almeria finished fourth. The final time for the five furlong sprint was :58.12.
POST-RACE QUOTES – TEXAS THOROUGHBRED FUTURITY COLT & GELDING DIVISION
Brian Hernandez, Jr. (Winning jockey, Galactica)
"Galactica gets all the credit tonight. All I had to do was sit up there and be a good passenger. He broke and showed how athletic he was. He put himself in a nice spot, and I just had to stay out of his way and let him show his talent. I was impressed how he crossed under the wire, and I think he's going to go on to be a nice horse."
Brad Grady (Winning owner, Galactica)
"Me and Carl partner on quite a few horses, and we have a limit on how much we'll pay, and I asked Carl how much we're going to pay for this horse, and he said we're buying him. That scared me because when he sets his mind on something, it's over. Carl found the horse, and when he told me about him and I came out, he was everything Carl told me he was. Kudos to Brian for giving him a heck of a ride. I appreciate Carl's friendship and partnership, and we have a lot of fun."
Ted Gondron (jockey, Aceguitar 2nd)
"I knew after he broke his maiden he had talent. He was punching on pretty good tonight: just couldn't getter job done."