11/14/2010 8:03AM

Bodacious Dash completes dream season for Trey Wood

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Bodacious Dash edged American Runaway by a head in Saturday night’s Grade 1, $1,036,612 Texas Classic Quarter Horse Futurity to put an exclamation point on the breakout season his 22-year-old trainer, Trey Wood, has had at Lone Star Park.

“This is the icing on the cake,” said Wood.

Lone Star closed out its meet with the Texas Classic Futurity, which is the richest race in the state. It was also the biggest career win for Wood, the son of top Quarter Horse trainer Blane Wood. The younger Wood, who has been training since he was 18, won races at a 35 percent clip this meet to secure his second straight title at Lone Star.

Bodacious Dash ($26.40), meanwhile, had qualified for four different Grade 1 futurities this year and picked an opportune time to win his first stakes. He broke sharply in the Texas Classic, was up by a length soon afterward, then held off the rush of American Runaway. Earlier this year, Bodacious Dash had qualified for the Ruidoso, the Rainbow, and the Dash for Cash. In the Texas Classic, he covered 400 yards in 19.51 seconds under regular rider Ricky Ramirez.

“To qualify for them all year long and finally pick up the last one of the year, it’s just great,” said Wood.

“It seemed it took him all year to figure out how to leave the gates for some reason. He’s always shown talent, from the first time we ran him. He’s not necessarily gotten better, but just matured a lot. His only problem’s been leaving the gate. In the trials, he left the gate like a rocket. Tonight, he left the gate amazing.”

Bodacious Dash earned $448,265 for his win in the Texas Classic. He races for Johnny Trotter. Wood said the horse would now be given a six-month break. Bodacious Dash is a son of First Down Dash.

American Runaway, who for months has led the American Quarter Horse Association’s poll of 2-year-olds, on Saturday was knocked around shortly after the start of the Texas Classic.  

“We only got beat a foot - that probably cost us a good neck, or half-a-side, maybe,” said Paul Jones, who trains American Runaway. “He tried. He ran his race. I can’t take anything away from the winner. He ran the perfect race. And when you’re running for this kind of money, you can’t have any incidents, bumping ,or bad breaks or anything. It was unfortunate for our part.”

Jones said American Runaway probably wrapped up his season in the Texas Classic.

 “More than likely we’re going to rest him for the derbies,” he said.

If the plan changes, Jones said, the upcoming race option for American Runaway is the Grade 1 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park.

The Texas Classic was the third Grade 1 that American Runaway has run second in this year, behind the Rainbow, in which he was beaten a nose, and the Remington Park Futurity, in which he was edged by the same margin. He won the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity by 1 1/4 lengths in June, and was the favorite in the future wager for this year’s All American Futurity.

 * Streakin Down ($9.80) led throughout for a half-length win over favorite First Prize Leesa in the Grade 1, $367,646 Texas Classic Derby for Quarter Horses. Jimmy Brooks rode the winner for Ed Melzer and trainer Eddie Willis.

 * Lone Star handled an average $350,977 a night on its live races during the 26-date meet for Quarter Horses, which was down 6 percent from the corresponding meet in 2009. Lone Star averaged 2,924 patrons a night this meet, which was up 5 percent.