High Plains Perry Rolls in Grade 1, $1-MIllion Texas Classic Futurity

The Mr Jess Perry gelding gets his first stakes win.

Q-Racing Journal

High Plains Perry earned his first stakes win in Saturday's $1-million Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Reigning champion jockey Ricky Ramirez rode High Plains Perry to the gelding's first stakes victory in Saturday's $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Prepped by Trey Wood for owner Paragon Farms LLC, High Plains Perry defeated fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite Koolnfamous by a head in :19.935 for 400 yards. The Mr Jess Perry gelding was winning for the fourth time in five outs, and he set the fourth-fastest qualifying time with his victory in his Texas Classic trial on October 22.

"I knew this horse was special from his schooling races at Ruidoso," said Ramirez. "He always showed talent in his trials but failed to qualify. Today he broke beautifully and gave us what we were hoping for."

High Plains Perry was bred in Texas by Johnny Trotter of Hereford and Burnett Ranches. A $100,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the gelding is out of Sky Chicks, a winning and stakes-placed Chicks Beduino filly who was a finalist in the 1995 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) and '96 Southern California Derby (G1).

High Plains Perry was one of four finalists from the Wood barn.

"We just tried to keep our horses happy after their trials," the trainer said. "They were all doing well. High Plains Perry was lightly raced and had a lot of luck tonight."

The $445,000 winner's share of the Texas Classic Futurity purse -- the richest in the state for any breed -- bumped High Plains Perry's earnings to $453,380.

Tough To Bee ran third, a neck behind High Plains Perry. Percyjones, Maxx, Midnight Heat, Jimmy Eagle, Firing Tools, So Rapido, and Jess Paint Ur Wagon completed the order of finish.

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