Kates Dynasty, Jody Pops Zoomer Win Texas Classic Races

Lone Star Park concludes meet with the richest race in the state of Texas.

November 10, 2013

Lone Star Park wrapped up its “Fall Meeting of Champions” on Saturday night with a card that featured a pair of impressive performances as Kates Dynasty dominated the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and Jody Pops Zoomer captured the $394,306 Texas Classic Derby (G1).

Kates Dynasty, who came into the richest race in the state of Texas with a bankroll of $9,090, earned $445,000 for her 400-yard performance in :19.404 under jockey Salvador Martinez, who also won the Texas Classic Futurity with Sure Shot B in 2011. Bred in Texas by Jerry Windham and owned by the partnership of Windham, Smith and Guthrie, Kates Dynasty had won three of her five prior starts, including her Texas Classic trial with the second-fastest qualifying time, but this race marked the stakes debut for the Mike Joiner trainee.

"She was feeling really good, so I was hoping she would run well tonight,” said Martinez. "She got out well and that made the difference."

The FDD Dynasty filly is out of the Grade 1-placed Vital Sign mare Jennifer Kate, who is the dam of two other stakes winners.

“She's a great filly,” said Windham about Kates Dynasty. “She’s been a little unlucky in her previous races, but I knew if she got out of the gates they would not be able to catch her. She barely missed in the All American Futurity trials. This is one of the toughest futurities in the country. We are very pleased."

The Ellen Kennedy Living Trust’s Houdini, a gelding by Valiant Hero who ran in the All American Futurity, got up to earn second-place money of $220,000 and improve his earnings to $424,874 with a record of 8-5-2-0. Joe Mills’ homebred Dashin Bye gelding Skuze Pleeze, who was fifth in the All American, finished third.

Two-time stakes winner and 2-1 favorite Won To Watch had her six-race win streak snapped with a sixth-place finish.

In the Derby, Jody Pops Zoomer broke on top and went on to win by a half-length under jockey Luis Vivanco to earn his first stakes victory. Bred by Gary Kurz and owned by Gary and Randal Kurz, the Texas-bred gelding by Zoomin For Bux earned $175,467 for a 440-yard sprint in :21.361. Toby Keeton was the winning trainer.

"He came out of his trial in great shape; he's never looked better,” said Keeton. “Tonight he ran the race we always knew he was capable of running. Training for these great owners never gets old."

Jody Pops Zoomer nearly picked up a stakes win earlier in the meet at Lone Star when he finished a close second against older horses in the Nevill Document Solutions Stakes (R). After that effort, he won his Texas Classic trial by 1 ¾ lengths with the fastest qualifying time. This victory improved his record to 11-5-1-1 with earnings of $220,292.

Mercy Hinklin’s Horse Farm LLC’s Jetblack Gold Moment, a filly by Jet Black Patriot who won the Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs, chased Jody Pops Zoomer all the way and finished second. Vicente Contreras’ Captain Strawfly, a Captain Courage gelding who won the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at Lone Star, finished third as the favorite.