|Favored Flying Cowboy 123 Becomes a Millionaire After His Victory in the Grade 1, $344,571 Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Saturday, November 9, 2019) - Paragon Farms' Flying Cowboy 123 was the victor in the $344,571 Texas Classic Derby (G1). He became the second horse ever to win the Texas Classic Futurity and come back the following year to take the Texas Classic Derby. Mr Jess Perry completed that feat in 1994-95. This was also the second winner of this race produced by the dam Hot Cash 123. She is also the dam of Cold Cash 123, who won it in 2011.
After the field crossed the wire, there was an inquiry and an objection reguarding the start. Flying Cowboy 123 broke in a bit, exchanging bumps with Viva Le Don, but the stewards decided it was not serious enough to change the order. The inquiry was on First True Heart, who broke in the air and was pulled up in the race.
Ricky Ramirez was aboard the winner for trainer James J. Gonzales, II. Final time for the 440 yards was :21.384, which awarded a speed index of 101. The track was listed fast.
Fm Cartel Rock was second by half-length, with Viva Le Don in third also by half-length. Midday News was fourth, followed past the post by Mm Fourinthemorning, American Hussle, Wii B, Jess Master Angel, Coach a Comin and First True Heat.
Flying Cowboy 123 returned $3.60 to bettors for the win. This was his eighth win from 13 career starts. The victory tonight put him over the $1 million mark for career earnings. His total bankroll is now at $1,045,811.
End of the meet awards were given tonight. Leading jockey was Francisco Calderon, who had 16 wins during the 16-day season. This was Calderon's second Lone Star Park riding title. He also was leading rider in 2016. Juan Francisco Garcia, Jr. finished second by just one win. His total was 15 for the season.
The top trainer award for the second straight season went to Josue Ponce, who finished on top with 13 victories. Angel Sanchez was second with 10 wins.