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Fire Eat N Cowboy Fastest Qualifier For Grade 3 $217,678 Oklahoma Derby

Fire Eat N Cowboy (#7), under champion jockey Ricky Ramirez, setting the fastest qualifying time in the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby trials Sunday at Remington Park.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 10, 2024—Making his fourth career start, Fire Eat N Cowboy raced to the fastest qualifying time for the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby after six trials were contested Sunday afternoon at Remington Park.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to the Oklahoma City oval on Saturday, March 23 to vie for the winners share of a $217,678 purse going 350 yards.

Ridden by champion jockey Ricky Ramirez, Fire Eat N Cowboy defeated Thunder Cartel by a neck in trial 3 while clocking :17.620 seconds, a 91 speed index into a 9 mph headwind. The son of last year's leading first-crop sire Flying Cowboy 123 is a Texas homebred for owner-breeder Paragon Farms, LLC. 

Out of the Texas Juvenile winner She Eat Fire, by Corona Cartel, Fire East N Cowboy is conditioned by trainer S. Trey Wood. Fire Eat N Cowboy was a $50,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale repurchase in 2022.

He appeared extremely talented when he broke his maiden at first asking last year in the Rainbow Futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs, N.M., scooting away to a one-length victory on May 27. Unfortunately, Fire Eat N Cowboy came away from that huge effort with an injury and had to be vanned off. He was laid off from May to September and then resurfaced at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. When he was trying to win for the second time in a row, this time in a softer allowance race for non-winners of two races lifetime. He lost all chance when he hopped at the start, giving the field a head start. He finished fifth.

In his only other start before today, Fire Eat N Cowboy tried a futurity trial at Lone Star Park on Oct. 27 and got bumped, running a distant third in that event. After five more months off, the swift gelding appears to be back to his old self that showed up in his first career race. 

Party Time Racing's B Second Cowboy got his fifth career win in eight starts in the second trial under champion jockey Francisco Calderon. The son of leading sire Flying Cowboy 123 clocked :17.720 seconds, with a 6 mph tailwind, to establish the third fastest time.

All of the trials were conducted over a fast track into slight headwinds between 10-12mph. For the complete list of Oklahoma Derby finalists, with times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.


For additional information on breeding, contact Royal Vista Ranch Farm Manager—Laura Erickson—at (405) 449-7575.

Story and images courtesy of Stallion E Search.


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