After a disappointing first half of the year, Texas Red is back on track and on target to meet his nemesis American Pharoah for the first time since last September when he finished third behind the eventual Triple Crown winner in the Front Runner Stakes. The two were supposed to meet again in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile one start later, but American Pharoah was scratched with an injury. Texas Red won the Juvenile, but lost again to his rival in the votes for Champion Juvenile.
This spring, American Pharoah reeled off victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, while Texas Red watched from the sidelines after a foot abscess hampered his training in February and his connections made the decision not to rush him into the Classic races. The son of 2005 Champion 3-year-old Afleet Alex returned to the races July 4 in the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Stakes and was second to Speightster. One race later, he returned to his winning ways in the Jim Dandy Stakes where he defeated the talented Frosted and placed himself squarely on the road to the Grade 1 Travers Stakes Aug. 29 and the Breeders’ Cup Classic where he is likely to meet American Pharoah again in one or both of the races.
Texas Red, who was purchased for a modest $17,000 as a yearling, has been a family affair for brothers Keith and Kent Desormeaux. Keith trains the talent horse, while Kent, a Hall of Fame jockey, handles the riding.
“He's trying to be the best I've ever ridden,” said Kent after the Jim Dandy Stakes. “He has Big Brown to catch. He just has impeccable attitude and character. I can only say my brother taught him that.”
Breeders’ Cup Record
Breeders’ Cup Races Won
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