Courtesy Lone Star Park; photo courtesy Dan & Kaye Jones
It was a photo finish between the top two in the Grade 1 $57,725 Lone Star Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity.
When the race went official it was the post-time favorite and fastest qualifier Live Moonshine a head in front of Baileys And Rum. Final time for the 400-yard futurity was :19.926 seconds over a fast track earning a speed index of 92.
“I had no doubt that I won it,” winning jockey Cody Smith said. “But after I galloped back and it still wasn’t official it made me second guess everything.”
It took a bit longer to post the photo than usual, but Cody was right.
Baileys And Rum, a 2016 sorrel solid filly by Dominyun (QH) and out of Baileys N Sunsets, took the lead out of the gates by a half-length, but couldn’t hold off a fast closing Live Moonshine at the end. It was another length and a quarter back to Cap Attack in third.
This was Live Moonshine’s fourth Grade 1 win this year. And with tonight’s share of the purse he has pocketed $118,754 for his breeders & owners, Kaye & Dan Jones of Kemp, Texas. Live Moonshine is a 2016 black gelding by CRM Livewire and out of PRP Sedona Sunset. Winning trainer was Matt Whitekiller.
No Speedhorse Triple Crown was on the line this year, as two different horses won the first two legs. The Triple Crown races are: the Speedhorse Graham Paint & Appaloosa Futurity at Remington Park, the Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity run at Will Rogers Downs and the Lone Star Speedhorse Paint & Appaloosa Futurity.
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