Texas Classic Futurity

Texas Classic Futurity

Fastest overall qualifier Rock A Jess V wins Texas' richest horse race.

Rock A Jess V. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

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Valeriano Racing Stables' Rock A Jess V, the fastest overall qualifier and 19-10 favorite in a field of 10 2-year-olds, sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $1,209,173 Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park.

Trained by Santos Carrizales Jr., Rock A Jess V went 400 yards in :19.500 while recording a 102 speed index. Juan Pulido rode the homebred son of 2011 world champion Apollitical Jess, who pocketed the $538,082 winner's share of the purse from Texas' richest horse race.

Rock A Jess V was bred in Oklahoma, and he made his local debut with a two-length win in one of 18 trials run October 27-28. The bay gelding is out of Rock Candy SA, a winning 9-year-old daughter of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Good Reason SA. His second dam, the Leaving Memories mare Send Me The Candy, won the 1996 Remington Park Futurity (G1).

Rock A Jess V was winning for the fifth time in nine starts and increasing his earnings to $675,823. The gelding has won three stakes, including the 440-yard, $200,000 All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Ruidoso Downs on September 5.

Turcotte was second and was followed by Fancy Scarface, Dena Marie, Orbyson, One Perfect Lady, Doin It Just For Fun, Curls Joyful Wagon, Lucky Ladie, and Legacy Cartel.

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