First Famous Effort Fastest to West Texas
Freshman ready for West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park.
April 10, 2014
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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