11/10/2013 9:36AM

Lone Star Park: Kates Dynasty dominant in Texas Classic Futurity


Kates Dynasty put herself in the picture for champion 2-year-old filly Quarter Horse honors Saturday night, when she rolled to a 1 3/4-length win in the Grade 1, $1 million Texas Classic Futurity. Houdini finished second, a nose in front of third-place finisher and fastest qualifier Skuze Pleeze.

The Texas Classic Futurity was the richest race run this year in Texas and closed out the meet at Lone Star. Also on the card, Jody Pops Zoomer ($7.80) won the Grade 1, $394,306 Texas Classic Derby for Quarter Horses.

Kates Dynasty ($19.40) was always in command of the Texas Classic Futurity, holding a 2 1/2-length lead in the stretch. She covered 400 yards on a fast track in 19.40 seconds. L. Salvador Martinez rode the winner for Windham and Guthrie Smith and trainer Michael Joiner.

Kates Dynasty was winning her third straight race in the Texas Classic, a streak that began during trials for the All American Futurity in August. She was making her stakes debut Saturday night and earned $445,000 for her winning effort.

Won to Watch, the favorite in the Texas Classic Futurity, finished sixth. She was seeking her seventh straight win.

Jody Pops Zoomer led throughout in the Texas Classic Derby for a half-length win. Luis Vivanco was aboard for Gary and Randal Kurz and trainer Toby Keeton.