Field Set for Grade 1, $362,848 Texas Classic Derby

G.R. Carter Jr. rode the fastest qualifier, Jess B Heroic.

Q-Racing Journal

Ten-time champion jockey G.R. Carter rode fastest qualifier Jess B Heroic in Friday's Texas Classic Derby trials at Lone Star Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Jess B Heroic, a gelded son of Valiant Hero, is the fastest qualifier to the November 12, $362,848 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. in the second of five 440-yard trials on Friday, Jess B Heroic defeated 10th-fastest qualifier Trekas by 1 1/4 lengths in :21.474. Mike Joiner prepped the gelding for owners Scott Bryant, Joe Dee Brooks, Lee Lewis, and Derrol Hubbard, who acquired Jess B Heroic for $70,000 at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Jess B Heroic was bred in Oklahoma by Homer A. Hill. The gelding has won four of nine outs and has banked $49,820, and he ran second in last year's All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Carter came out of retirement to ride four of the 10 Texas Classic Derby qualifiers, including First Valiant Sign, McClintock B, and Jess Burnin.

Bobby Simmons' Patriot Pearl, a son of Game Patriot trained by Trey Wood, outran his 22-1 odds to win the fourth heat by a half of a length in :21.556. Ricky Ramirez rode the gelding, who was a finalist in the October 8, 440-yard Dash For Cash Derby (G3) at Lone Star.

Simmons acquired Patriot Pearl for $9,000 at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

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