First Valiant Sign Draws Outside Post for Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby
The multiple Grade 1 finalist returns in Saturday's $362,848 final at Lone Star Park.
November 6, 2016
First Valiant Sign, a Valiant Hero gelding racing for Scott Bryant, Joe Dee Brooks, Lee Lewis, Derrol Hubbard, and R.D. Hubbard, drew post 10 for Saturday’s 440-yard, $362,848 Texas Classic Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.
The third-fastest qualifier, First Valiant Hero is trained by Mike Joiner. The gelding has won four of 12 starts and has earned $858,876, and he is coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign during which he was a finalist in the 440-yard, $2.415-million All American Derby (G1), and the 440-yard, $1.224-million Rainbow Derby (G1).
G.R. Carter Jr. will ride First Valiant Sign on Saturday.
Leading trainer Judd Kearl will send out Brave Heart Won, a Grade 1-placed son of Apollitical Jess, for owners Dwayne Saucier and Michael Taylor. Brave Heart Won has banked $262,497 from five outs this season, and his resume includes a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Ec Jet One, in the All American Derby.
Brave Heart Won drew post 8 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo. Other contenders include fastest qualifier Jess B Heroic, a Valiant Hero gelding trained by Joiner for Bryant, Brooks, Lewis, and Derrol Hubbard. Jess B Heroic is coming off of a clear 1 1/4-length victory in the second of five trials on October 21.
Jess B Heroic drew post 5 and will be ridden by Cody Jensen.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
McClintock B (Larry Payne), 10-1
One Fabulous Eagle (Cesar Gomez), 15-1
Barefoot Beach (Manuel Gutierrez), 8-1
Trekas (Luis Vivanco), 20-1
Jess B Heroic (Cody Jensen), 3-1
Patriot Pearl (Ricky Ramirez), 7-2
Appolitical Streak (Edwuin Lujan), 15-1
Brave Heart Won (Rodrigo Vallejo), 15-1
Jess Burnin (Salvador Martinez), 5-1
First Valiant Hero (G.R. Carter Jr.), 4-1
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