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