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Q-Racing Blog: Can Cowboys Fly?

Will champion Flying Cowboy 123 master a rare Texas Classic double?

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By Ty Wyant

Paragon Farms LLC’s 2018 champion 2-year-old colt, Flying Cowboy 123, could be making his final career out when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the $344,571 Texas Classic Derby (G1) on November 9 at Lone Star Park.

If Flying Cowboy 123 wins the Texas Classic Derby, he will be the third horse to win the Texas Classic Futurity and the Texas Classic Derby. The other two horses – Mr Jess Perry and PYC Paint Your Wagon – are important sires.

It’s always good to have options, and the options are there for Flying Cowboy 123.

One thing is certain. He will be standing his first year at stud next spring at Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma.

“He’s got the breeding,” said trainer J.J. Gonzales. “If he transfers his speed and intelligence to his offspring, he should be a top sire.”

A $100,000 purchase from breeder Carolyn Bay at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Flying Cowboy 123 is by world champion and leading sire Apollitical Jess and out of Hot Cash 123, the dam of world champion and 2011 Texas Classic Derby winner Cold Cash 123.

The long-term breeding agenda is set. The short-term racing schedule is not set.

“We’re taking it race by race,” Gonzales said. “We’ll talk about his racing future after the Texas Classic.”

Flying Cowboy 123 is in a solid position going into the Texas Classic Derby. The colt was on the lead within the first 100 yards of his trial and then powered away to a 1-length win with the top qualifying time from five trials, :21.576 for the 440 yards. Just like his half-brother Cold Cash 123, a longer distance is preferable.

“He ran a super trial race,” Gonzales said. “He finished strong and is the horse to beat in the finals.

“He’s a professional athlete. His attitude and personality are excellent. You don’t see horses like him very often.”

Flying Cowboy 123 has the race record of a desired breeding choice.

As a 2-year-old, Flying Cowboy 123 raced to a game head win in the $1,014,657 Texas Classic Futurity to secure his champion title. He was moved up to second place in the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1) and won four of his six juvenile starts.

This year, Flying Cowboy 123 was finished third in the $1,550,000 All American Derby (G1) and was fourth as the favorite in the $958,800 Ruidoso Derby (G1).

The horse that defeated Flying Cowboy 123 in the Rainbow Futurity, Mark and Annette McCloy’s homebred MM Fourninthemorning, is also from the Gonzales barn and is in the Texas Classic Derby as the eighth-fastest qualifier.

“Don’t let the favorites stub a toe or he’ll step up and beat them,” Gonzales said.

MM Fourinthemorning was fifth as the 7-5 favorite in last year’s $3 million All American Futurity.

A gelding by Mr Jess Perry, MM Fourinthemorning prepared for the Texas Classic Derby trials by finishing second, beaten by a nose, in a Lone Star Park allowance race, as the 11-10 favorite.

They’re a pair with strong credentials in the Texas Classic Derby.

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