|$310,700 Dash For Cash Futurity
Goes to All American Winner at Lone Star Park
October 22, 2005) - All American Winner, with leading jockey
Rodrigo Vallejo in the irons, held off a late surges by One Special
Shade and Shaken Easy Dash to narrowly win Saturday's $310,700 Dash
For Cash Futurity in front of 5,008 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie,
All American Winner, who edged One Special Shade by a nose, dashed
400 yards in :19.78 for his sixth win from 11 starts. It was his
second Grade 1 win of the year. In September, the 2-year-old Dashin
Is Easy gelding triumphed in the $351,900 Sam Houston Futurity.
Breaking from post No. 2 in the field of 10, All American Winner
broke from the starting gate in second position and gamely powered
home from down on the inside of the racetrack. One Special Shade,
away in mid-pack, just missed from the outside, while Shaken Easy
Dash was another head back between horses.
"When we hit the wire I knew it was close," said G.R.
Carter Jr., the rider of runner-up One Special Shade. "Usually,
you get a feeling one way or another. It was that close. And [Shaken
Easy Dash] was right there, too. My horse got away and ran a really
good race. My hat goes off to the winner."
All American Winner paid $11 to win as the 9-2 third wagering choice.
The 4-5 favored entry of Make a Secret and Cotton Nash finished
sixth and last, respectively.
All American Winner, a $3,700 yearling buy, earned $124,308 for
owners Jason Eberle and Rosendo Guzman of Donna, Texas, bringing
his career bankroll to $286,960. "It doesn't mean a cheap horse
can't run," quipped winning trainer Alex Villareal. "He's
really maintained his sharpness.
"We bought him at the Ruidoso select yearling sale last year,"
Eberle said. "Frankly, we likely his name. We pulled him out,
looked at him and I liked the way he was built. He was real athletic-looking
from Day One - a beautiful horse. I also really wanted a horse by
Dashin Is Easy. We were at the right place at the right time.
"Early in the year, we had some bad outs and some bad breaks.
He qualified to the Retama Park Futurity and broke right into the
rail in the final and finished last."
Villareal then equipped the horse with several different bits -
a metal mouth bar to which reins are attached - before settling
on the one that has made the difference in his horse's running style.
"He'd break to the left all the time," Villareal said.
"We found one that he liked and now he's breaking pretty good."
"We always knew that if we could get a good break, we'd have
a chance," Eberle said. "He didn't break as sharp tonight,
but he came back and got 'em."
Next up will be a try in Texas' richest horse race - the Grade
1, $1 million Texas Classic Futurity. Trials for the Nov. 26 final
will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Earlier on the night, Peter Brown's Dashin B Easy ran 400 yards
in :20.01 and defeated Ima Ramblin Girl by a neck to win the $34,530
Dash For Cash Juvenile Stakes, a restricted Grade 3 event for 2-year-olds
that didn't qualify to the final. Carter rode the winner, who paid
$11.40 to win, for trainer Larry Abney. The Dashin Is Easy gelding
earned $9,759 for the victory and improved his record to four wins
and $35,069 in five career starts.
DOWN THE STRETCH - A simulcast of the
22nd Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships from Belmont
Park on Saturday highlights next week's action at Lone Star Park.
The live action on Saturday includes a stakes a stakes tripleheader:
the Grade 1, $209,197 Graham Paint Futurity at 350 yards featuring
undefeated Got Country Grip; the restricted Grade 3, $30,000 Classic
Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap for Texas-breds at 350 yards;
and the $15,000 Grand Prairie Classic for 3-year-olds at 870 yards...For
Saturday's Breeders' Cup Day, Lone Star Park will open its Drive
Thru Wagering off Gate 2 at 7:30 a.m. It will remain open through
the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge. The Post Time Pavilion
will open early at 9:30 a.m. (not 8:30 a.m. as published Thursday)
and Grandstand doors will open at 10:30 a.m. The first simulcast
from Belmont Park is 11 a.m. CT, while the first Breeders' Cup race
- the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - is set for 12:20
p.m. CT. For those that can't make it to Lone Star on Saturday,
the racetrack will offer advance Breeders' Cup wagering all day
on Friday...Lone Star Park's first live race on Breeders' Cup Day
remains 5 p.m. CT, about 25 minutes after the scheduled post time
for the Classic...The final two dates of this fall's Heineken "Party
at the Park" series, featuring live music and drink specials
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., will be Friday and Saturday. Friday's music
will be provided by country band Rex Robards & The Barefoot
Cowboy Band. On Saturday, Zane Lewis, also a country artist, will
perform...The final four races of Wednesday night's program (Races
6-9) will be simulcast into California. On Friday and Saturday,
California will import the final five races (Races 9-13)...Connie
Singleton will be honored between races Wednesday night as the Lone
Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie "Volunteer
of the Week." For the past 2 ½ years, Singleton, a former
City of Grand Prairie employee in the police department, has been
devoted full-time volunteer at the Grand Prairie Tourist Information,
located adjacent to Lone Star Park at Gate 1. She also volunteers
her time at a local hospital and edits the newsletter for retired
Vought employees...Wednesday's post position draw for the Breeders'
Cup will be televised live at 10 a.m. CT on HRTV (Channel 404 on
Dish Network)...Lone Star Park will simulcast Australia's historic
Melbourne Cup in the evening on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.