11/15/2015 10:27AM

Wood, Ramirez combine to sweep Grade 1 stakes for Quarter Horses


Tres Friends and Bodacious Eagle helped the trainer-jockey team of Trey Wood and Ricky Ramirez close out a memorable Lone Star Park season on Saturday, when the horses accounted for a pair of Grade 1 races.

Tres Friends proved three-quarters of a length best in the $1,151,780 Texas Classic Futurity, while Bodacious Eagle wired the field by a half-length in the $415,690 Texas Classic Derby.

The races, for Quarter Horses, were among the most important of the meet at Lone Star. Wood won the Texas Classic Futurity, which is the richest race in the state, for the third time in his young career.

“You never expect it, and when it happens, you can’t believe it,” Wood said of winning a race as prestigious as the Texas Classic Futurity.

Wood on Saturday also wrapped up his fifth Lone Star training title. Ramirez has now won seven riding titles at Lone Star.

Tres Friends ($8) broke sharply in the Texas Classic Futurity, and was in command throughout while covering 400 yards in 19.61 seconds. He earned $498,067 for Terry Stennett.

“He was ready,” said Ramirez. “He stood in the gate just waiting to go.”

Bodacious Eagle ($5.60) was always prominent in the Texas Classic Derby, while covering 440 yards in 21.29 seconds. He races for Johnny Trotter.