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Champion Flying Cowboy 123 is the morning-line choice for Saturday's co-feature at Lone Star Park.

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Flying Cowboy 123, a sorrel son of world champion Apollitical Jess owned by Paragon Farms LLC, is one of 10 sophomores entered back in Saturday’s 440-yard, $344,571 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.

The fastest qualifier, Flying Cowboy 123 is coming off of a one-length victory as the 3-5 favorite in the first of five trials on October 18. The colt was coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaigned during which he placed third in the 440-yard, $1,550,855 All American Derby (G1) on September 1.

Flying Cowboy 123 was last year’s champion 2-year-old colt. He drew post 3 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer James J. Gonzales II.

Other contenders include FM Cartel Rock, a son of One Sweet Jess trained by Robi Meche for owner J. Fabian Hernandez. The sorrel colt has banked $18,978 from three outs this year, and his season resume includes a second-place finish, a head behind winner Paint Me A Sinner, in the 400-yard, $64,889 Adequan Retama Derby Challenge at Retama Park on August 17.

FM Cartel Rock drew post 6 and will be ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr.|

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
MM Fourinthemorning (Francisco R. Ramirez Jr., 30-1
Viva Le Don (Cody R. Smith), 12-1
Flying Cowboy 123 (Ricky Ramirez), 9-5
Jess Master Angel (Heriberto Aguilar-Orozco), 20-1
First True Heart (Agustin Silva, 15-1
FM Cartel Rock (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 5-2
Midday News (J.R. Ramirez), 20-1
Coach A Comin (Alan Hernandez, 12-1
American Hussle (James Flores), 3-1
Wii B (Eddie Sanchez, 10-1

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