Q-Racing Blog: A True Klassic

The ageless Klassic Strawfly is still going strong.

Quarter Racing Journal

The ageless Klassic Strawfly is still going strong.

Yaneth Cabrera’s Klassic Strawfly is a freak of nature, or at least a freak of a racehorse.

Klassic Strawfly is 11-years-old, has made 96 career starts and will probably be the favorite in a Grade 2 race, the $115,100 West Texas Maturity on March 10. That’s freakish.

“He’s sound,” says trainer Alfredo Gomez. “He still thinks that he’s young. I’ve only had him a short time. After he works, I ice him, even though he doesn’t need it. He makes training very easy.

“These days, you don’t get a 4- to 6-year-old that’s sound, much less an 11-year-old. Some horses don’t even like to run at this age. Also, he has a damn good groom, Raul. That’s really important. I’m just really glad to have this horse.”

 
The ageless Klassic Strawfly is approaching
100 career starts. PHOTO: Coady Photography 

Klassic Strawfly, an earner of $574,821, could gain favoritism in the 400-yard West Texas Maturity after setting the fastest-qualifying time of :19.119 in the second of three trials. The gelding is a large horse, however broke with the leaders in his trial. He then pulled out in the last half of the trial to beat the highly regarded Once Over by three quarters of a length.

“He’s got a lot of class,” said Gomez. “If he breaks on top they won’t catch him. I may just be high on my horse, but I think I have about a 95 percent chance of winning.”

A horse racing at the Grade 2 level at 11-years-old is amazing. But, what is more amazing is that he’s winning. He won 6-of-8 starts last year and is 1-for-2 this year.

Last year, he put together a five-race winning streak. He won the $33,800 Jim Drake Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-breds by daylight at SunRay Park, beat state-breds in the $100,000 First Moonflash Handicap (R) by daylight at The Downs at Albuquerque and then went to Zia Park to win the $170,000 New Mexico Classic Championship (RG1) by a head.

A son of Genuine Strawfly, Klassic Strawfly has made each of his 2017 starts at Sunland Park. He was fifth in the $85,000 Dona Ana Stakes for New Mexico-breds before handling open horses in his West Texas Maturity trial.

The third-fastest qualifier Once Over (:19.249), fourth-fastest qualifier JM Apollo (:19.299) and fifth-fastest qualifier SF Hot Pass (:19.346) each finished behind Klassic Strawfly.

The two other trial winners deserve consideration.

PBT Racing LLC’s GBH Gunsmoke, a youngster at 4-years-old, won his trial by one length with the second-fastest time of :19.219. The Ivory James-sired gelding is after his first stakes win, however easily took a $36,800 allowance race at Sunland Park three starts ago on December 30.

Jose Sanchez’s Fine Oak Corona, another young 4-year-old, took his trial by three quarters of a length with the sixth-fastest time of :19.358. The member of the Paul Jones stable has the past class. He was third in the 2015 $731,250 Ruidoso Futurity (G1), fourth in the $198,924 West Texas Futurity (G2) and qualified for the $977,500 Rainbow Futurity (G1).

Klassic Strawfly makes his 97th start stretching over 10 racing seasons in the West Texas Maturity. He’s closing in on 100 career starts and still showing the youngsters how it’s done.

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