Neugebauer Pair Lead Texas Classics

Neugebauer runners lead both Texas Classic races at Lone Star.

Q-Racing Journal

 Melvin Neugebauer’s fastest-qualifier CC Kachina Eagle leads the $860,519 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) while Wagon Full Of Gold, co-owned by Neugebauer with Jill Giles and Ezra Elton Lee, holds the top-qualifier honors in the $291,868 Texas Classic Derby (G1) on Saturday night, closing night of the fall season at Lone Star Park.

CC Kachina Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Cassandra Crest by Holland Ease) will be among a field of 2-year-olds without a stakes winner. Her primary rival could be In Ka Hoots Racing LLC’s second-fastest qualifier Lethal Strike (Corona Cartel-Lethal Delight by Dean Miracle).

A winner of three of six starts, CC Kachina Eagle has showed promise throughout her career and stepped up with her best effort in the Texas Classic Futurity trials. Each of her wins came in trial races.

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A qualifier to the $263,636 West Texas Futurity (G2) and the $100,000 All American Juvenile, CC Kachina Eagle won the ninth of 12 Texas Classic Futurity trials by a dominating 1 1/4 lengths with a :19.599 time for the 400 yards.

Lethal Strike is a juvenile stepping forward with each race for trainer Sleepy Gilbreath.

Making only his third start, Lethal Strike was a close third when he made his racing debut in the All American Futurity trials. He hopped at the start and was still able to get within a neck of trial winner Dark Moonflash.

Gilbreath brought him back in a Lone Star maiden race and the colt profited from the experience with a strong 1 1/2-length score. He then stepped up in his Texas Classic Futurity trial to win by a neck in :19.603.

Movin On’s Racy Casanova (Stel Corona-Miss Racy Eyes by Mr Eye Opener) is another 2-year-old showing improving form late in the season. He was a close third in a Prairie Meadows allowance race and then won his Texas Classic Futurity trial for trainer Jason Olmstead. He won by a length with the third fastest time of :19.626.

The Isidro Flores-owned and -trained On The Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-XO Kate by Stoli) nearly gained a stakes win when he was second by a nose in the $83,615 Old South Futurity back in May. The colt then was off until he won his Texas Classic Futurity trial by a neck with the fourth-fastest time of :19.636.

Texas Classic Derby top-qualifier Wagon Full Of Gold raced in the 2013 $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) and that has been his most recent stakes appearance.

The gelding won an allowance race at Ruidoso Downs last summer and then scored a 12-1 upset win in his Texas Classic Derby trial. He got a sharp start and went on to a one-half-length win and was timed in :21.228 for the 440 yards.

Ellen Kennedy Racing LLC’s Houdini (Valiant Hero-Pure Oklahoma by Takin On The Cash) will be very dangerous and could gain the favorite’s role with his impressive stakes record.

The gelding won the $1,058,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) and was third in the $1,920,887 All American Derby (G1) earlier this year, and was last year second in the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

After the All American Derby, Houdini was rested until the Texas Classic Derby trials and he easily handled his rivals by three quarters of a length with the second-fastest qualifying time of :21.289.

Karen and Cloud Preston’s Rocketair (Jumpn-Rivanne by First Down Dash) should be a force with his stout stakes resume, despite his nose trial win with the seventh-fastest time of :21.499. He won last year’s $384,000 Black Gold Championship (RG3) and came back this year to finish a close second in the $257,050 Heritage Place Derby and third in the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap two starts ago for trainer Clinton Crawford.

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