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Track Record Falls in Texas Classic Derby Trials

Jody Pops Zoomer sets new 440-yard mark at Lone Star Park.

October 19, 2013

Lone Star Park on Friday night held six trials for the $394,306 Texas Classic Derby (G1), and Gary and Randal Kurz’s Jody Pops Zoomer not only set the fastest qualifying time but also a track record with a 440-yard dash in :21.075. The effort lowered the standard of :21.080 set by Dashing Perfection in the 1997 Texas Classic Derby.

Trained by Toby Keeton and ridden by Luis Vivanco, the Texas-bred gelding by Zoomin For Bux scored by 1 ¾ lengths and earned a 104 speed index for his victory. This marked the fourth career win in 10 starts for Jody Pops Zoomer, and his earnings now stand at $44,825. Prior to the trials he finished second in the Nevill Document Solutions Stakes (R) going 350 yards at Lone Star against older Texas-breds. He also qualified to last year’s Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) and finished fifth.

Dashin Brown Streak won the first heat with the second-fastest qualifying time of :21.159. Owned by Melvin Hatley and the Estate of CW Navarre, the Hotdoggin gelding sprinted to a 1 ¼-length win with Cody Jensen up for trainer John Brasseaux. Dash For Cash Derby (G2) winner Captain Strawfly earned the third-fastest time.

For a complete list of qualifiers, click here.