05/07/2016 8:12AM

Great Minds wins third straight in Texas Mile

Dustin Orona
Great Minds, ridden by C.J. McMahon, wins the Grade 3 Texas Mile by half a length Friday.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Great Minds is in great form. He won his third consecutive race Friday night in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park, rallying from just off the pace for a half-length score.

“It’s been a pleasure to see him grow up and come into his own as a good racehorse,” said Vince Wilfork, a defensive lineman for the Houston Texans who owns Great Minds.

The horse, who is now 5, was the first yearling purchased by Wilfork.

The Texas Mile was the first of Lone Star’s two major stakes for older horses. The Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap will be run May 30. Wilfork said plans for Great Minds are to be determined after discussions with trainer Al Stall Jr. 

Great Minds ($15.40) began his streak in February in a conditioned allowance at Delta Downs. He proceeded to win the track’s $75,000 Borgata in March before making his graded stakes debut in the Texas Mile. He was content to stalk the pace Friday before going on to a half-length win over Shotgun Kowboy.

“When I turned him loose, he truly exploded,” said C.J. McMahon, who has been aboard Great Minds in each of his races since February.

McMahon said he felt there was a good amount of speed in the Texas Mile, and he was pleased to be able to settle into a stalking position. Great Minds raced in fourth as Blue Tone, who was pressured by Shotgun Kowboy, took the field through fractions of 25.01 seconds for the opening quarter and 48.57 for the half-mile on a fast but laboring kind of track.

Shotgun Kowboy was in command after six furlongs in 1:12.55, then was overtaken in the later stages by Great Minds. The winner covered the distance in 1:37.68.

Great Minds earned $113,000 for the win, his fifth from 19 starts. He has earned $283,898. Great Minds is a son of Stroll who was bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm.