Q-Racing Blog: Time for a Texas Classic?

It has been a great year for the Wood crew - can it get better?

It has been a great year for the Wood crew - can it get better?

Trey Wood leads American Quarter Horse racing in 2017 wins as the only trainer with more than 100 victories; he is second in 2017 earnings of horses he has trained ($2.6 million). The earnings will rise in the $873,616 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and the $385,355 Texas Classic Derby (G1).

Wood saddles five talented prospects in the Texas Classic Futurity and three genuine racehorses in the Texas Classic Derby on November 11. Wood needs to add about $200,000 in earnings to take the 2017 earnings lead.

It’s not only Trey – even though his name is in the program – who is getting the job done. His father, Blane, starts all the yearlings and the following spring sends them to Trey at the track in prime condition.

“They just need a breeze or two,” said Trey. “I broke the babies (in the past) and know what he does. It really helps.”

The system works and is supported by “the best owners and the most loyal owners. It’s a tremendous group and I thank them all. They breed good horses and buy good horses,” said Trey.

“It’s as good as you could ask for,” he added. “We have a super group of 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses.”

The three derby horses are proven quality horses while the futurity horses show the depth of the Wood outfit.

In the derby, High Plains Perry is looking to take the Texas Classic Futurity-Texas Classic Derby double, Percyjones won the $176,005 Zia Derby (RG2) and Corona Carmelita qualified for the $800,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1).

Trey calls High Plains Perry “a specimen,” which could be an understatement. He is one of those horses that when you see him you ask, “Who’s that?” I did last summer.

Paragon Farms’ High Plains Perry was third, beaten by just a nose, in the Ruidoso Derby. He was behind the dead heat between the Wood-trained Tough To Bee and Magical Jess.

High Plains Perry then ran second in the $1.15-million Rainbow Derby (G1) and then was only able to come up with a fourth-place run in his All American Derby trial.

“I shouldn’t have run him in the Rainbow Derby (trials) and just pointed him at the All American Derby,” said Trey “It was my mistake.”

A gelding by Mr Jess Perry, High Plains Perry was then taken to Trey’s facility and turned out in a round pen.

“He’s where he should be now. He’s as good as he’s been since the Ruidoso Derby,” said Trey.

After the two-month rest, High Plains Perry won his Texas Classic Derby trial by 1 length with the second-fastest qualifying time of :21.564 for the 440 yards.

Terry and Irene Stennett’s Percyjones was a close third in the Texas Classic Futurity and is one to watch in the derby. He won the Zia Derby and was rested for three months until the Texas Classic Derby trial. The Jesse James Jr-sired gelding responded with a close second-place finish in his trial.

“He had never run 440 (until his Texas Classic Derby trial),” said Trey. “He was coming off a layoff and could be overlooked.”

Paragon Farms’ Corona Carmelita is a gorgeous filly who could gain some very valuable black type. A daughter of Corona Cartel and The Creole Queen bred by Julianna Hawn Holt, Corona Carmelita qualified for the Ruidoso Derby and won her Rainbow Derby trial. She was then fourth in her All American Derby trial.

“She needed to be freshened, every race was tough,” said Trey. “I didn’t push her into the (Texas Classic Derby) trials and she’s really sound.

“I’d like to see her get away from the gate and if she can throw her race, she’ll be up there.”

Trey’s juveniles are looking to break through at the Grade 1 level, and have the talent. His finalists are Johnny Trotter and Randy Geiselman’s Legacy Eagle; Randy and Sandy Coleman’s homebred Cartel Cupid; Adam Smith, Ronald Sugamosta and Mu Taiaroa’s Factual Basis; Paragon Farms’ Another Shot; and Terry and Irene Stennett’s homebred Streakin Seis Corona.

“They are all respectable horses and deserve to be there,” said Trey.

Legacy Eagle has finished on the board in four of five starts and won his trial by a head in a deep heat. His time of :19.698 for 400 yards was the top time from 10 trials.

“I thought he had the talent all year. He has a big kick,” said Trey. “It didn’t surprise me that he made the finals. I’m proud of him.”

Cartel Cupid, by Corona Cartel, has won her latest three races, all trials to Grade 1 futurities.

Factual Basis joined the Wood barn in late August and has a maiden win and a second in his Texas Classic Futurity trial for his new stable. The PYC Paint Your Wagon-sired gelding has made six starts and been on the board four times.

Another Shot is riding a three-race winning streak. The Tempting Dash-sired gelding won his maiden in his second start and then dominated his All American Futurity trial by 2 lengths. He was then rested until the Texas Classic Futurity trials and came up with a game head win.

Streakin Seis Corona, with a strong finish, was second behind Another Shot in their trial. The Tres Seis-sired gelding has been on the board in all if his five outs.

Team Wood comes into the Texas Classic stakes with 10 stakes wins this year. With eight of the 20 horses in the two stakes, that number could rise.

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