Koolnfamous Tops Texas Classic Futurity Qualifiers

The All American Futurity finalist leads the way to the November 12, $1-million final at Lone Star Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Koolnfamous, a finalist in the September 5 All American Futurity, is the fastest qualifier to the November 12, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Koolnfamous won the seventh of 12 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) trials at Lone Star Park on Saturday, and the One Famous Eagle gelding is the fastest qualifier to the November 12, $1-million final.

Racing for Gene E. White, Wayne Metcalfe, and Jerry Cate, Koolnfamous defeated One Sweet Sign by 1 1/4 lengths in :19.813 for 400 yards. Esgar Ramirez rode the gelding for trainer Toby Keeton.

Koolnfamous was bred in Oklahoma by Cate. He has won two of his six starts and has banked $126,430, and he was a finalist in the September 5, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

G.R. Carter Jr. rode second-fastest qualifier Midnight Heat to a three-quarter length victory in the 11th trial. Prepped by Mike Joiner for owner Julianna Hawn Holt of Blanco, Texas, the homebred Corona Cartel colt tripped the timer in :19.851 while earning her second win in three outs.

Midnight Heat was making his first start since April 23, when the colt ran sixth in the Grade 2, 330-yard Sam Houston Futurity. He has earned $26,100.

Ramirez also rode third-fastest qualifier Maxx for owner Irma Z. Vargas and trainer Rolando Almanza. Sent to post as the 9-5 favorite in the 12th heat, the gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon and the multiple graded stakes winning Bully Bullion mare Bullions N Garters defeated Leave The Chicks by three-quarters of a length in :19.869.

Maxx was bred in Oklahoma by Jim Gubas, and he has won two of four outs and has banked $35,299. The gelding earned his first stakes win in the May 16, 350-yard John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge Stakes (G3).

Also on the card, trainer Trey Wood won six races, breaking the previous track single-day record of five wins by a trainer set by Steve VanBebber on November 28, 1999. Wood qualified four Texas Classic Futurity finalists, topped by fourth-fastest qualifier High Plains Perry.

In addition, reigning champion jockey Ricky Ramirez rode five winners to tie the track record for the most wins by a jockey on a single card.

The Texas Classic Futurity is the state's richest race for any breed. Click here for a complete list of finalists. Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the November 12, $80,000-est. Texas Classic Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

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