Bruce Allmty took the lead halfway through the race then held off Tough To Bee by a neck.
Owned by Adrian Cano of Wichita, Kan. and trained by Fernando Carrete, Bruce Allmty won his fourth consecutive race with Roberto Meraz up for all the wins in the streak.
The 4-year-old gray made the Eastex his second straight stakes win in his streak, adding it to his January triumph in the KOFX-FM Stakes at Sunland Park, N.M. Meraz is proud of the gelding's effort.
"This little horse has been good for me. He got bumped around a little bit but this little horse has heart and he just wants to beat everyone to the other side of the finish line," Meraz said.
Bruce Allmty overcame contact at the start to grab the advantage by the time the field was halfway through the 350 yards. Tough To Bee began to gain late but Bruce Allmty had it measured to cross the finish in :17.336 over the fast track. Dauns First Desirio was a length back of the winner in third place.
The even-money betting favorite, Bruce Allmty paid $4 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Tough To Bee paid $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Dauns First Desirio paid $3 to show.
Bruce Allmty was bred in Arkansas by Jailbait, Inc. He is a son of IVORY JAMES from the A Regal Choice mare BR Regal Gal. The Eastex is the seventh career win from 16 starts for Bruce Allmty and was worth $29,784 to him. He has now amassed $131,942 overall.
Bruce Allmty also gave Carrete and Meraz their third wins together on the Opening Night program at Remington Park. They started their trio of victories in race four with Heza Bojangles Man ($20.40 to win) and continued with Rarin ($9.80) in the Mighty Deck Three Stakes before the win with Bruce Allmty.
Jimmy Eagle, Capshaw Capo, Bye Byefreighttrain, Born To B Bad, Double Down and Flyin Eagle completed the Eastex field.
The Eastex is named after the winner of the 1984 All American Futurity who at one time was the sport's all-time leading money earner. He held the record for most money earned by a 2-year-old until 2008. Eastex retired in his home state, living out his years in Norman, Okla. He often led the post parade of the race named in his honor before passing away at age 32, in 2013.