Skuze Pleeze Tops Texas Classic Futurity Trials

Star-studded final set to be run on November 9.

October 20, 2013

Lone Star Park on Saturday presented 10 trials for the $1-million Texas Classic Futurity (G1), and the fastest time was not posted until the final heat when Joe Mills’ homebred Skuze Pleeze dashed the 400-yard distance in :19.450. G.R. Carter Jr. rode the Oklahoma-bred gelding by Dashin Bye for conditioner Tana Pace. Despite breaking out and bumping from post 7, Skuze Pleaze drew clear to a two-length victory as the 7-10 favorite.

Skuze Pleeze came into the Texas Classic trials after a close fifth-place finish in the All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding finished second in his All American trial after beginning his career with three straight victories at Remington Park, including the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3). Skuze Pleeze has now won four of six career starts with earnings of $186,634.

G.R. Carter also rode the second-fastest qualifier, Kates Dynasty. Bred by Jerry Windham and owned by the partnership of Windham, Guthrie and Smith, Kates Dynasty won her trial by 1 ¾ lengths in :19.497. Michael Joiner trains the Texas-bred daughter of FDD Dynasty, who won trials to the Ruidoso and All American futurities but failed to qualify.

The remainder of the field comprises many of the top 2-year-olds in training, including All American Futurity finalist and Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) runner-up Houdini, All American finalist and Heritage Place Futurity (G1) runner-up Hes Relentless, Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity winner Coronado Cartel, TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) winner Won To Watch, Heritage Place Futurity winner Big Biz Perry, and Sam Houston Futurity (G2) winner and All American beaten favorite Especially Tres.

To view a complete list of qualifiers, click here.