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Ochoa Returns in Texas Classic Trials

Lone Star Park hosts the Texas Classic Futurity and Derby trials this weekend.

October 18, 2012

Friday night’s trials for the $400,000-est. Texas Classic Derby (G1), carded as races four through eight on the nine-race program, drew 46 entries.

First-race post time is 6:35 p.m. with the first trial scheduled for 7:47 p.m. The Texas Classic Derby Trials will be contested at 440 yards with the final to be run closing night Saturday, November 10.

Entries of note in the Texas Classic Derby Trials are:

Race four features the Eddie Willis-trained BPs Jumpin Frisco, winner of $129,885 so far this year winning his trials to both the All American Derby (G1) and the Heritage Place Derby (G2) only to come up short in both of those events (third in Heritage Place and ninth in All American). Bill Price owns the homebred son of Jumpn out of Frisco Fling, by Dash For Cash.

In race five, another Eddie Willis trainee, A Toss Up, is seeking another graded win since taking Sooner State Stakes (RG1) at Remington last April. The gelding by Sweet First Down finished fifth in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) in May and second in the Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso Downs in July. He qualified for the All American Derby, but did not run back. James Sills and Abel Flores owned the 3-year-old.

Most notable of all entries in the Texas Classic Derby trials is Ochoa in race six. Trained by C. Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, the champion gelding by Tres Seis is the all-time highest money earner in American Quarter Horse racing. Ochoa, owned by J Bar 7 Ranch, LLC, Katsy Cluck, Monte Click and Douglas Benson, has eight wins from 10 starts and $2,602,553 in earnings.

Sweet Oblivion highlights race seven. The filly by Mr Jess Perry was second in the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge in June and finished fourth in the $174,000 Dash for Cash Derby (G2) here September 12 after winning her trial. Trained by Mike Robbins, the homebred owned by Joe Kirk Fulton has won four of eight starts for $35,460 in earnings.

Sure Shot B, winner of the 2011 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) has had a disappointing year so far in 2012. From three starts, has recorded ninth, tenth and fifth place finishes this year. Trained by Bobby Martinez, the gelded son of Stoli has had some rest since August and should be tough. Sure Shot B has five wins from nine starts and $532,285 in earnings. He races for Tommy Hays and Charles Forbes, Jr.

On Saturday, there will be 14 trial races scheduled for the $1 million-est. Texas Classic Futurity (G1). First race begins 6:36 p.m. (CDT). The final will be closing night, November 10.

Among the entries are Remington Park Futurity (R) winner Lota PYC , Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) winner One Handsome Man and Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner BP Cartels Alibi.

Bred by Steve Holt and now owned by Lota Luck Racing, the PYC Paint Your Wagon colt Lota PYC is undefeated in four starts with earnings of $310,978. In his most recent start, he won his non-qualifying trial to the All American Futurity (G1).

Flying Hooves RC LLC's One Handsome Man won the Dash For Cash after Prince Valleyant was disqualified for interference. The One Famous Eagle colt has won three of five starts and earned $176,074.

BP Cartels Alibi is the winner of three of five starts, including the Heritage Place Futurity, with $532,335 in earnings, in his most recent start he was seventh in the All American Futurity (G1). BP Cartels Alibi races for Raymundo Villarreal Jr.