|First Comment Fastest of All in
Dash For Cash Derby Trials at Lone Star Park
October 7, 2005) - J.W. Owens' First Comment, ridden by Rodrigo
Vallejo and trained by Jeff Acuna, ran 440 yards Friday night in
:21.546 and was the fastest of 25 three-year-old Quarter Horses
that vied 10 spots in the Grade 1, $147,000 Dash For Cash Derby
at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Three trial races were staged and the 10 fastest times earned a
berth in the Oct. 21 final, which features a $58,960 first prize.
The finalists are First Comment (:21.546), Winners Award (:21.665),
Mighty Invictus (:21.724), Tooting Otoole (:21.732), Real Easy Okey
(:21.732); Strawfly Romance (:21.745), Miss Eye Candy (:21.792),
Hez Habit Forming (:21.808), Six Packa Moonshine (:21.850) and Ro
Anns Money (:21.935).
Previously, First Comment was runner-up to Si Puede in the Grade
2 Sam Houston Derby. It was the colt's eighth win in 19 career starts.
Trainer "Sleepy" Gilbreath, a two-time Dash For Cash Derby
winner with Showcase Six (1998) and champion Significant Speed (2000),
is the trainer of Miss Eye Candy and Six Packa Moonshine - his record
13th and 14th qualifiers to the Derby final since 1997.
DOWN THE STRETCH - When Miss Blushing
Barbi was disqualified from first to last in Friday's second race,
69-1 longshot First Down Pay was moved up to first and triggered
the largest win payoff in Lone Star Park's Fall Meeting of Champions
history. First Down Pay returned $141.20 for every $2 bet to win,
besting Exotic Effort's previous mark of $136.40 on Oct. 10, 2003.
The Lone Star Park record was set May 26, 2001 when the appropriately
named Purse Stealer paid $231.40 during that year's Spring Thoroughbred
Season...Nine races on Saturday's 13-race card at Lone Star Park
are trial races for the $450,000-estimated Dash For Cash Futurity.
The first live race is 5 p.m. CT.