11/30/2009 12:00AM

Tempting Dash sets track record in Texas Classic


Tempting Dash broke his own track record Saturday night at Lone Star Park, when he romped by 2 3/4 lengths in the Grade 1, $1.1 million Texas Classic Futurity for Quarter Horses. The race was the richest stakes run this year in Texas.

Tempting Dash ($2.80) covered 400 yards in 19.20 seconds. He had set the previous mark of 19.37 seconds on Oct. 24, when he won the Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity in 19.37 seconds. Tempting Dash led wire to wire in the Texas Classic Futurity.

"That was awesome, that was awesome," said Jose Morales Trevino, who owns Tempting Dash. "We were expecting him to run big, but we weren't expecting something like this, to break the track record like this."

Julian Cantu was aboard Tempting Dash, who has gone 4 for 4 this meet for trainer Eusevio Huitron. The Texas Classic closed out the Quarter Horse season at Lone Star.

Stolis Winner takes Texas Classic Derby

Also on the card, Stolis Winner, the reigning world champion Quarter Horse, drove to a half-length win over entrymate Jess Zoomin in the Grade 1, $342,431 Texas Classic Derby. Stolis Winner, who had been plagued by trouble at the start in his last several races, had things go his way at the break Saturday.

"We felt like we just needed a little luck out of the gate," said Heath Taylor, who trains Stolis Winner. "We stood him and schooled him in the gate in the mornings, and we changed his shoes for this race. When he got away on even terms, it was just a phenomenal sigh of relief. He and Jess Zoomin ran a really pretty race."

G.R. Carter rode Stolis Winner for Jerry Windham.