Skuze Pleeze After G1 Win in Texas Classic

Skuze Pleeze headlines deep Texas Classic.

Q-Racing Journal
November 6, 2013

Joe Mills’ homebred Skuze Pleeze, fifth in the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1), goes against a deep field that includes three other All American Futurity qualifiers in the top-four qualifiers to the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

The 400-yard Texas Classic Futurity is the richest race in Texas.

Skuze Pleeze (Dashin Bye-Sixy Hemp by Sixarun) gained notice last spring when he reeled off three wins to start his career. After taking an allowance race and a non-winners-of-two allowance race, he took another step up in class and won the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) over Oklahoma-breds.

Trainer Tana Pace then pointed the gelding at the All American Futurity and Mills paid the $50,000 supplemental fee to enter the trials. The gelding drew into a strong trial during the second day of qualifying heats and finished second behind Wagon Tales. Those two horses had the two-fastest times from that day of 13 trial races. He made a late run in the All American Futurity and managed a fifth-place finish at 13-1 odds.

Pace rested Skuze Pleeze coming up to the Texas Classic Futurity and he responded with an impressive 2-length win in the last of 10 trials. His time of :19.450 topped the qualifiers.

Third-fastest qualifier Houdini, fourth-fastest qualifier Hes Relentless and 10th-fastest qualifier Especially Tres also made the Texas Classic Futurity after racing in the All American Futurity.

Ellen Kennedy Trust’s Houdini (Valiant Hero-Pure Oklahoma by Takin On The Cash) came into the All American Futurity with four wins and a close second-place run – beaten by a nose – in the $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R). All of that good fortune ended in the All American when he had trouble, lost his path and finished last.

The Luis Villafranco-trained gelding showed that the All American was a throw-out race when he came back in the Texas Classic Futurity trials. He sped to a 1 3/4-length win with the third-fastest time of :19.583.

Owned by R.D. Hubbard, Tom Maher, Bill Maher and Johnny Cope, Hes Relentless (One Famous Eagle-This Dreams Flying by Strawfly Special) is a strapping colt who was 7-2 in the All American Futurity. He finished second by a head in the $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and then set the fastest-qualifying time during the first of two days of All American trials. He won his All American trial by one-half length in :21.148 for 440 yards and then was seventh in the All American Futurity after he got off to a slow start and ran into trouble.

Trainer Amber Blair pointed Hes Relentless to the Texas Classic Futurity and he sped to a length trial win with the fourth-fastest time of :19.583.

Jim Pitts’ Especially Tres (Dashair-Delightfully Tres by Tres Seis) barely made it into the Texas Classic Futurity with the 10th-fastest time when she stumbled at the start and then made a furious rush to finish third in her trial and qualify with a :19.730 time. The Trey Wood-trained filly was fourth in the All American Futurity as the 5-2 favorite after winning the Sam Houston Futurity (G2) in April.

Billy Smith, Jerry Windham and Pat Guthrie’s Kates Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-Jennifer Kate by Vital Sign) makes her stakes debut after establishing the second-fastest time of :19.497. She rolled to her third victory from her latest four starts when she won her trial by 1 3/4 lengths for trainer Mike Joiner as the 3-2 favorite.

Also in the strong Texas Classic Futurity are Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Big Biz Perry, Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity winner Coronado Cartel and TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) winner Won To Watch.