Fastest Qualifier Legacy Eagle Is One of 5 Texas Classic Qualifiers Conditioned By Leading Trainer
Legacy Eagle(#7) catches This Is An Eagle (#4) to set the fastest time in the $873,616 Texas Classic Futurity trials at Lone Star Park Saturday night.

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Fastest Qualifier Legacy Eagle Is One of 5 Texas Classic Qualifiers Conditioned By Leading Trainer

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 21, 2017—It was an exciting night of racing as 100 2-yr-olds, split into 10 trial races, gave it their all tonight.

Each competing for a time fast enough to earn a place in the starting gate for the 25th running of the Grade 1, $873,616 Texas Classic Futurity to be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Lone Star Park.

Fastest qualifier, Legacy Eagle, won the seventh trial, clocking the 400-yard race in :19.698 on a fast track. The gelded son of One Famous Eagle, out A Delightful Legacy by First Down Dash, is owned by partners Johnny Trotter & Randy Geiselman.

Champion jockey Cody Jensen rides Hotstepper to the second fastest time in the fourth trial.
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He was one of five qualifiers from the barn of leading trainer Trey Wood. Trainer Leon Bard qualified two, Sleepy Gilbreath, Alonso Neri and Jimmy Padgett each qualified one. Jockey Ricky Ramirez will have his choice from the four he qualified to the final. Francisco Calderon qualified two, while Cody Jensen, Manuel Gutierrez, Luis Vivanco and Rodrigo Vallejo each qualified one.

A $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate, Legacy Eagle broke his maiden in the seventh trial with a neck won over Grade 2 winner This Is An Eagle. Eaves Horses Family Ltd. Partnership bred the colt in Texas. He is a half-brother to champion Inseperable and Grade 3 winner Separate Interest.

Cartel Cupid, under jockey Ricky Ramirez, qualifying for his first stakes race from the eighth trial tonight.
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Also by One Famous Eagle, This Is An Eagle held on to get the third fastest time of :19.718 seconds. Francisco Calderon was aboard the $100,0000 2016 TQHA Yearling Sale topper for owner Mary Lynne Thompson and trainer Leon Bard. It was the first loss in five starts the Sam Houston Futurity(G2) winner who has banked $200,940 this season.

Bard also conditions fifth fastest qualifier This Is A Deal, a graded-placed half-brother the aforementioned This Is An Eagle. Owned-and-bred by Pete Scarmardo, both 2-year-olds are out of the First Down Dash mare Lady Lilia, a half-sister to champion sire Desirio. Third in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity last summer, This Is A Deal has earned $124,873.

This Is A Deal Too, under jockey Francisco Claderon, defeating fellow qualifier Factual Basis in the opening trial.
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Champion jockey Cody Jensen rode All American Futurity(G1) third-place finisher Hotstepper to the second fastest time for owners Hubbard, Cope, Southway and Rafter W Ranch. C. Dwayne Gilbreath conditions the One Famous Eagle from the Tres Seis mare Pandorum.

Bred by Fulton Quein Sabe Ranches LP, Hotstepper has banked nearly $293,000 this season.

The top three qualifiers are by leading 2-year-old sire One Famous Eagle.

After winning his Rainbow and All American Futurity trials but failing to qualify, Cartel Cupid put it together tonight with a three-quarter length win under jockey Ricky Ramirez in the fifth trial.

Conditioned by Woods, the son of Corona Cartel, from the Granite Lake mare Lake View Dreams recorded the fourth fastest time of :19.721 seconds.

Thecartelofmiracle, under jockey Manuel Gutierrez, winning the ninth trial. © Dustin Orona Photography
Starting from an off-the-board performance in the Dash For Cash Futurity(G2), Thecartelofmiracle was a one-length winner in trial nine to record the sixth fastest time of :19.841 seconds. Alonso Neri trains the Tough And Good gelding for owner Mauro Lucian Villarreal.

Manuel Gutierrez rode the Texas-bred out of Its Jess A Miracle by Gold Medal Jess. Jose Estrada is the breeder.

Ramirez and Woods teamed again with Another Shot in the second trial to set the 8th fastest time of :19.893 seconds. Paragon Farms, LLC owns the Tempting Dash gelding out of Fontanas Stoli by Stoli. Bred by Simmons Racing, Another Shot picked up his third straight win from four starts.

Another Shot(#5) battles fellow qualifier Streakin Seis Corona(#1) to the wire in the second trial.
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Paragon Farms, LLC also owns 10th qualifier Starfield, a New Mexico-bred son of FDD Dynasty. Saddled by trainer Jimmy Padgett, II and ridden by jockey Rodrigo Vallejo, the brown colt posted a :19.914 clocking for the 400 yards.

Bred by MJ Farms, Starfield finished third in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity two races back. Out of the Tres Seis mare Starsmith, Starfield has earned $109,860 in six starts this season.

Starfield, under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo, qualifying in the eighth trial. © Dustin Orona Photography
For a complete list of qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys to the Texas Classic Futurity(G1) CLICK HERE.

The second 10 fastest qualifiers are preferred invites for the $45,939 Texas Classic Juvenile which will also be run on Saturday, November 11. For that list of horses CLICK HERE.

Around the track:
The leaderboard through week six of the nine week meet has six-time Lone Star Park leading rider, Ricky Ramirez at the top with 18 wins over Luis Vivanco’s 13 victories through Saturday. Trainer standings shows Trey Wood with a comfortable lead of 15 over Leon Bard & Jimmy Padgett, who are tied in second with 8 wins each.

Live racing resumes next Thursday, October 26, 2017 Gates open at 5:30 p.m. First race post time 6:35 p.m.

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