11/12/2017 8:57AM

Thecartelofmiracle outlasts Hotstepper in Texas Classic

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Captain Force and Cloud Ridge (7) finished in a dead heat to win the Black Gold 440 Championship at Will Rogers on Saturday.

Thecartelofmiracle held off fast-closing favorite Hotstepper for a neck win in Saturday night’s $873,616 Texas Classic Quarter Horse Futurity at Lone Star Park.

It was a neck back to This Is an Eagle in third.

The race was the richest in Texas, and one of two Grade 1 offerings on the final night of the meet. Apolltical Chad was a neck winner of the $384,355 Texas Classic Derby.

Thecartelofmiracle ($29.20) broke on top under Manuel Gutierrez and led throughout while covering 400 yards on a fast track in 19.80 seconds. The win was the first in a Grade 1 for 21-year-old trainer Alonso Neri, according to Lone Star.  

“He did everything great coming back [out of his trial] and eating well,” Neri told publicity at Lone Star. “We left it all in God’s hands and thank God we got the win today.  We’ll give him a little rest and celebrate the win.”

The win was the first Texas Classic victory for Gutierrez. Thecartelofmiracle took his first stakes and fourth race overall from nine starts and picked up a first-place check of $388,761. He is a son of Tough and Good and races for Mauro Villarreal.

Apolltical Chad ($15) broke on top in the Texas Classic Derby and went on to cover 440 yards on a fast track in 21.52 seconds. It was the fifth win in the race for jockey G.R. Carter, Jr.

“I’m glad I came out of retirement because I’ve won this race two years in a row now,” Carter told publicity at Lone Star. “He left the gate really well. High Plains Perry was right there with me, but we made a nice little run to get away from him. He made the jockey look real good.”

Wes Giles trains Apolltical Chad, a son of Apollitical Jess, for Nueve Racing. Giles said the horse will get about five months off and may head next to Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

She Eat Fire ($5) captured the $45,979 Texas Classic Juvenile for owner Paragon Farms, trainer Trey Wood, and jockey Ricky Ramirez, all of whom won their respective titles at Lone Star. It was the sixth Lone Star training championship for Wood and the seventh for Ramirez.

Dead-heat in Black Gold at Will Rogers

Will Rogers Downs near Tulsa also closed out its meet Saturday with two rich stakes for Quarter Horses.

Captain Force and Cloud Ridge hit the wire together to win the $282,552 Black Gold 440 Championship in a dead-heat. The pair covered 440 yards on a fast track in 21.95 seconds. Captain Force returned $11.60 and Cloud Ridge, the 4-5 favorite for a record of four wins from six starts, returned $2.40.

Painted Wine Wagon ($13.40) was a neck winner over Pv Queen Bee Candy in the  $186,892 Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Futurity. The winner covered 350 yards in 17.58 seconds. The race was for horses bred in Oklahoma.