First Valiant Sign Wins Texas Classic Derby

The gelding pushed his earnings past the $1-million mark Saturday at Lone Star Park.

Q-Racing Journal

First Valiant Sign and jockey G.R. Carter return to the Lone Star Park winner's circle after the gelding's victory in Saturday's Texas Classic Derby. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Third-fastest qualifier First Valiant Sign pushed his lifetime earnings over the $1-million mark with his victory in Saturday's 440-yard, $362,848 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. and sent to post as the 2-1 choice, First Valiant Sign defeated 16-1 longshot Jess Burnin by a head in :21.516. Mike Joiner trains the Valiant Hero gelding for owners Scott Bryant, Joe Dee Brooks, Lee Lewis, Derrol Hubbard, and R.D. Hubbard.

The $161,468 winner's share of the purse bumped First Valiant Sign's bankroll to $1,020,344.

"Words can't describe it," said Carter, a 10-time AQHA champion jockey, of the win. "It feels really cool to win a big race on this horse. I ran fourth with him in (last year's) All American Futurity.

"I rode his sire, Valiant Hero, and his son is a gorgeous colt," he added. "When I gate broke him for his 2-year-old season, I asked Mike not to give him to anyone else."

First Valiant Sign was bred in Oklahoma by The Mixer Ranch. A $100,000 buy at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, he has won five of 13 starts, and his two Grade 1 wins include last year's 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

Brave Heart Won finished third and was followed by McClintock B, One Fabulous Eagle, Appolitical Streak, Trekas, Barefoot Beach, fastest qualifier Jess B Heroic, and Patriot Pearl.

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