Upsets in Both Texas Classic Races

Torts On Fire, Lil Famous Dash win rich races on closing night at Lone Star Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Lone Star Park on Saturday wrapped up its American Quarter Horse meet with its two marquee events, the $291,868 Texas Classic Derby (G1) and $860,519 Texas Classic Futurity (G1), and horses at odds of 12-1 prevailed in both races.

In the Texas Classic Futurity, Terry and Irene Stennett’s Torts On Fire prevailed by a head to score a very rich maiden victory. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire had hit the board in each of his previous four starts while earning $3,662. In a span of a 400-yard dash in :19.843 under jockey Ricky Ramirez, the Oklahoma-bred picked up another $372,117. The Trey Wood trainee had the eighth-fastest qualifying time after finishing third in his trial race. The winner was bred by Dunn Ranch Ltd. out of the stakes-placed Mr Jess Perry mare Queen Of Torts.

Julio Rodriguez’s Bay Eagle Glory, who has also never missed the board, closed well to take second with Manuel Gutierrez aboard for trainer Jorge Lopez. The One Famous Eagle colt was bred by Johnny Trotter.

Fastest qualifier CC Kachina Eagle, a One Famous Eagle filly owned by Melvin Neugebauer and trained by Larry Hines, finished third in a blanket finish with the first seven horses separated only by noses, heads and necks.

Byron Gardner’s Kitty Kat Galore B, a Texas-bred filly by FDD Dynasty, captured the $69,771 Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes. Rodrigo Vallejo rode the Judd Kearl-trained runner to a 400-yard clocking of :20.262. The winner was bred by Bielau Oaks.

In the Texas Classic Derby, Scarlett Hill Farm Inc.’s homebred Lil Famous Dash opened up an early one-length lead and held on to prevail by a neck at the wire in :21.632 for 440 yards. Jockey Rodrigo Vallejo and trainer Judd Kearl teamed for their second stakes win on the card. This marked the stakes debut for Lil Famous Dash, a daughter of One Famous Eagle who had been close to qualifying to several futurities and derbies while hitting the board in seven of nine starts. Her record now stands at 10-3-2-3 with earnings of $141,527. She is out of multiple stakes winner Dash Master Miss, by Dash For Destiny.

Monty and Katsy Cluck’s This Eagles Gone gave sire One Famous Eagle a sweep of the exacta with a second-place finish. Karen and Preston Cloud’s Rocketair closed to finish third, while millionaire and even-money favorite Houdini checked in sixth.

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