11/27/2003 12:00AM

Lone Star: Brimmerton another shot


Brimmerton was 2-5 to win the Grade 1 Retama Park Futurity for Quarter Horses back in June, but he was left at the starting gate and ended up sixth in one of the biggest upsets of the meet. Fast forward five months, and Brimmerton will get a second chance to win his first stakes in Saturday night's $1,088,856 Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park.

The 400-yard race for 2-year-old Quarter Horses is the richest stakes in the history of Texas.

Brimmerton was the second-fastest qualifier for the race when he won his 400-yard trial by a nose in 19.68 seconds. The race was his first since the Retama Futurity on June 22.

"He needed that out," said trainer John Buchanan "He ran a little sluggish, I thought, but he's a game enough horse he's going to try to win anyway. I guarantee you this horse runs better the more you run him and we waited on this race all year."

Juan Vasquez has the mount Saturday.

The chief threat is Sixes Royal, who finished a close fourth in the Grade 1 All American Futurity.