Texas Classic Derby Trials Draw 42 Sophomores

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the November 12 final at Lone Star Park.

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Valiant Rogue, pictured here winning the Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs in July, is one of 42 3-year-olds entered in Friday's Texas Classic Derby trials at Lone Star Park. PHOTO: Gay Harris/Ruidoso Downs

Wyok Ranch LLC’s Valiant Rogue, a Grade 1-winning son of Valiant Hero trained by Judd Kearl, is one of 42 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 440-yard Texas Classic Derby (G1) trials at Lone Star Park.

Valiant Rogue is coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign during which he scored a convincing 1 3/4-length victory in the 440-yard, $1.224-million Rainbow Derby (G1) on July 23. The gelding drew post 6 and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez in the fourth of five trials.

Valiant Rogue’s opponents in the fourth heat include Samuel Martinez’s Barefoot Beach. A daughter of Ivory James trained by Yoani Abreu, Barefoot Beach will be facing sophomores again off of her three-quarter length win in against aged sprinters in the 220-yard, $20,000 Evangeline Downs Dash.

Barefoot Beach drew post 2 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez.

Other prominent 3-year-olds entered in the Texas Classic Derby trials include Brave Heart Won, the 7-5 morning-line choice in the first heat. Trained by Kearl for owners Dwayne Saucier and Michael Taylor, the Apollitical Jess gelding will be making his first start since September 4, when he ran third, a half of a length behind winner Ec Jet One, in the 440-yard, $2.4-million All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Brave Heart Won drew post 2 and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $400,000-est. Texas Classic Derby final on November 12.

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