First Famous Effort Fastest to West Texas

Freshman ready for West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Howard Louis' First Famous Effort set the qualifying pace in the first of nine trials to the $309,091 West Texas Futurity (G2) with a time under :15.000 for 300 yards and his mark held up as the fastest-qualifying time to the finals on Sunday afternoon.

Offspring of leading sire One Famous Eagle took the top-two qualifying marks.

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Louis Howard’s First Famous Effort (One Famous Eagle-Tiny First Effort by First Down Dash) sprinted away from his rivals to impress with a 2 1/2-length win in :14.998. The Willie Padilla-trained gelding was one of nine finalists to make their career debuts in the trials on March 21.

Melvin Neugebauer’s CC Kachina Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Cassandra Crest by Holland Ease) mimicked First Famous Effort’s explosive debut with a 2-length victory. The Wes Giles-trained filly was clocked in :15.084 to set the second-fastest qualifying time as the 19-10 favorite.

J and M Racing and Farm’s JM Famous Master (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Cosmotologist by Dash Ta Fame) overcame a bump at the start and went on to show his talent with a three-quarter-length victory with a :15.116 time for trainer Jose Luis Muela.

The only horse with multiple starts in the West Texas Futurity is Daniel Balderrama and Juan Castro’s El Damazo (Desirio-Invisible Streaker by Dash Ta Fame). The Jose Vargas-trained colt won his maiden by a romping 1 1/2 lengths on March 4 and then took his West Texas trial by 2 lengths. He raced to the fourth-fastest time of :15.131 as the 7-5 choice.

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