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Ronnie James Leads Texas Classic Futurity

Ronnie James looks to continue his rise in rankings in Texas Classic Futurity.

November 7, 2012

Brett Mennen’s homebred Ronnie James tries to continue his rise in the national rankings when he tries for his fourth-straight win and sixth victory from seven starts in the $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Ronnie James (Valiant Hero-Jess A Lil Bit by Feature Mr Jess) faces the sternest test of his career and appears to be in peak form after a stunning 4-length trial win. He raced in the first trial and his time of :19:436 held up as the top mark from 14 trials.

An earner of $178,658, Ronnie James earned his stakes credentials in his only stakes appearance when he took the Firecracker Futurity (G2) on July 7.

JNB Enterprises LLC’s PYC Kant Katch Me (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Wanna Be Me by Disco Jerry (TB)) is undefeated from five starts and is also up against the deepest field he has ever faced. The Judd Kearl-trained colt won the Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R) and then was a 3-length winner of his Heritage Place Futurity trial. Although he qualified to the final, he was scratched. At Ruidoso Downs last summer, he was a non-qualifying 1 1/4-length winner of his All American Futurity trial as the even-money favorite.

Kearl then saved PYC Kant Katch Me for the Texas Classic Futurity trials and he responded with a length win and qualified with a :19.689 time.

Bryon Gardner’s Valiant Lil Lady (Valiant Hero-Rustys Lil Lady by Fredricksburg) impressed in her trial while returning from a five-month layoff. The Judd Kearl-trained filly raced in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) back in May and then came back in her Texas Classic Futurity trial. She won by 2 1/4 lengths with the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.524.

Trainer Trey Wood has the sharp pair of Weetona Stanley’s First Prize Shaunda (PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Leesa by Mr Jess Perry) and Raymundo Villarreal Jr.’s Eyegotitgoinon (Mr Eye Opener-Cant Hide Love by Special Effort).

First Prize Shaunda has thrived this fall at Lone Star Park with a daylight maiden win and taking her Texas Classic Futurity trial by 1 1/2 lengths with the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.541.

Eyegotitgoinon won the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) at Remington Park and qualified for the Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. He is also two-for-two at Lone Star Park and won his Texas Classic Futurity trial by 2 lengths with the sixth-fastest time of :19.667.