Dash For Cash Derby, Futurity Trials On Tap Friday, Saturday at Lone Star Park

(Thursday, October 6, 2005) - Eighty-seven 2-year-old American Quarter Horses - including Make A Secret, the fastest qualifier to this year's All American Futurity - were entered in nine Dash For Cash Futurity trial races scheduled for Saturday at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Horses that record one of the 10-fastest times at the 400-yard distance Saturday will advance to the Oct. 22 final, worth an estimated $450,000.

Make A Secret is one of 11 stakes winners entered. The Heath Taylor trainee, who finished fourth as the favorite over a "muddy" surface in the $1.9 million All American Futurity final on Labor Day, will compete in Race 5 on the 13-race program. The trials will begin with Race 4 and continue through Race 12.

In July, Make A Secret, a Raise a Secret gelding owned by Southwest Racing Partners LLC, prevailed by a neck in the Grade 2 Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs. Overall, he's won two of six starts and $218,110.

A trio of Grade 1 winners are also entered in the trials: All American Winner (Race 9), who prevailed in the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity; Jess Genuine (Race 8), winner of the Grade 1 Retama Park Futurity; and This Candys Red Hot (Race 8), a winner in four of five starts including the Grade 1 Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.

Other stakes winners entered are Crater Lake (Race 10), winner of the Grade 2 Remington Park Futurity; Primetime Dream (Race 6), a three-time stakes winner including the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity at Manor Downs; Going to the Hague (Race 6), winner of the Grade 3 Ford Central Challenge at Canterbury Park; One Special Shade (Race 10), winner of the Grade 3 Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge at Ruidoso; Copacorona Special (Race 9), winner of the Longhorn Juvenile Invitational at Manor Downs; Nocoronajustbud (Race 4), winner of the Quicksilver Stakes at Remington Park; and Way to Hussle (Race 5), winner of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Futurity at Blue Ribbon Downs.

Three trials for the $150,000-estimated Dash For Cash Derby on Oct. 21 will be held Friday (Races 10-12). The Jack Brooks-trained Mighty Invictus, whose been chasing top 3-year-old DM Shicago all year, is one of 27 three-year-olds vying for a berth in the 440-yard final. Also entered are Grade 3 winners Little Kool Barbie and Real Easy Okey and eight other graded stakes-placed horses (Bigtime Favorite, Daring Diversion, Dos Poruno, First Comment, Hez Habit Forming, High Flyin Charm, Surprisingly Special and Tooting Otoole).

The first live race on Friday and Saturday at Lone Star Park is 5 p.m. CT.

JOCKEYS CLEARED TO RIDE AFTER SPILLS - Jockeys Tad Leggett and Dewey Smith, who were transported to Methodist Hospital in Dallas following separate spills on Saturday night, were released and cleared to ride Wednesday night at Lone Star Park. Smith won two races. Both jockeys were reportedly body sore following the accidents. Leggett's mount Mr Rare Luck, who stumbled and fell a quarter-mile past the finish line while galloping out after his victory in the third race, was uninjured. Smith's mount, First a Secret, fell within 100 yards of the finish of the 10th race and was euthanized due to serious injuries.

VEGAS BOUND - Marcy Jordan of Irving, Texas won the $5,000 first prize in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Qualifying Tournament when she defeated Roger Warren of Fairhope, Ala., $225.90 to $220.50, in a battle of mythical $2 win and place wagers on 40 races over Saturday and Sunday at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Warren earned $2,500 for finishing second, and Alan Kriss of Carrolton, Texas was third and collected $1,000. Each of the top three finishers will advance to the $500,000 National Handicapping Championship VII in Las Vegas next January. Runner-up Warren qualified at Lone Star Park for the second year in a row.

KEENELAND GETS UNDERWAY FRIDAY - Keeneland's 17-day Fall Meeting begins Friday at 12:15 p.m. CT and continues through Oct. 29. The first three days of the meet comprise Fallstars Weekend, which features eight stakes races, including a trio of Grade Is. The Grade II, $400,000 Darley Alcibiades and Grade III, $150,000 Sycamore Breeders' Cup top opening day. Saturday is the richest day of the meet, anchored by the Grade I, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile; the Grade I, $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity; and the Grade III, $250,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup. On Sunday, there's another stakes tripleheader: the Grade I, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster; the Grade II, $400,000 WinStar Galaxy; and $100,000 Woodford.

$400,000 GUARANTEED NTRA PICK 4 SATURDAY - Another NTRA National Pick 4 wager, featuring a $400,000 guaranteed pool, will be offered Saturday. The $1 wager will challenge fans to correctly select the winners of four Grade I stakes races - the Grade I, $500,000 Frizette Stakes from Belmont Park (3:45 p.m. CT); the Grade I, $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity from Keeneland; the Grade I, $500,000 Champagne Stakes from Belmont; and the Grade I, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile from Keeneland.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY SIMULCASTS ON MONDAY - Because of Columbus Day, there will be special holiday racing programs on Monday at Belmont Park (12 p.m. CT), Laurel Park (12:10 p.m. CT), Hawthorne (1:10 p.m. CT), Oak Tree at Santa Anita (2:30 p.m. CT) and Bay Meadows (2:45 p.m. CT). All will be simulcast in Lone Star's Post Time Pavilion, which will open its doors at 10:25 a.m. CT.

DOWN THE STRETCH - Friday night's Heineken "Party at the Park" will feature country music by The Kyle Hunt Band. Meanwhile, The Curtis Alan Band, also country artists, will perform between races on Saturday. The Heineken "Party at the Park" series continues every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 29 with live music and drink specials in the Courtyard of Champions from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m...Corsicana-based owners Sue and Leland Cook are moving their stallion Dixieland Heat from Louisiana to Drs. Ken and Linda Quirk's Q6 Ranch near Belton for the 2006 breeding season. "I'm bringing him home to Texas where he will give Texas breeders a great breeding opportunity," Sue Cook said. "I want to do everything I can to support Texas racing. I believe we're on the threshold of great things, but if we all start leaving we'll be behind the eight ball." In addition to Dixieland Heat, the Cooks are bringing the mares they had boarded in Louisiana back to the Lone Star State. "Texas racing is special and Texas breeders are special," Cook said. "I'm hoping that all the people here stay and bite the bullet for one more year. I think it will pay off. We have a good start in Texas. We just need people to keep their mares at home." Dixieland Heat will retain his stud fee of $2,500.

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