155 to Run in 16 trials for Grade 1, $500,000 Dash For Cash Futurity on Saturday Night

(Grand Prairie, Texas - Thursday, September 23, 2010) - Saturday night’s trials for the Grade 1, $500,000 Estimated Dash For Cash Futurity for 2-year-olds, drew 155 contenders who will be competing in 16 races at Lone Star Park. The top 10 fastest qualifiers will compete in the finals, to be run at 400 yards, on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Four trainers have at least eight entries in the 16 trials led by Erika Huitron with 25, followed by Lone Star Park 2009 trainer of the year Trey Wood with 13, Robert Touchet’s nine and Bradley Bowen, who entered eight.

Among the top contenders is Bobby Cox’s Dominyum, trained by John Buchanan, who came within a head of winning the Grade 1, $1.9 All American Futurity when he finished third in that race at Ruidoso Downs on Sept. 6. The Mr Jess Perry colt, with jockey Russel Hadley, is the even-money, morning-line favorite in Race 6.

A couple of other tough competitors will be the first two finishers in the Grade 1, $374,000 Sam Houston Futurity run on July 2, Ted Abrams Sixes Liaison and Stanley Nelson’s Zoomarco. Trained by Robert Touchet, Sixes Liaison is undefeated with three wins in three tries. The Sixes Royal colt is the 2-1 favorite in the morning line in the 12th race on the card.

American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading jockey in earnings G. R. Carter, Jr. will be aboard Zoomarco, who finished a ½ -length behind Sixes Liaison at Sam Houston, and has hit the board in all six of his starts with a win, four seconds and a third-place finish. Trained by Jorge Haddad, Zoomarco is the 2-1 second choice in the third race morning line.

Another one to watch is two-time graded stakes winner First Painted Sign, a filly owned by Sara Morgan and trained by Stacey Capps. The bay daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon won the Grade 1, $394,000 Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Futurity at Fair Meadows on July 24 and the Grade 2, $292,000 Oklahoma Futurity at Remington Park on March 27. Lone Star Park’s leading rider from 2009 Ricky Ramirez will be aboard the 3-1 morning line favorite in Race 9.

With 16 races on the slate, post time for the first race has been moved up to 5:35 p.m., an hour earlier than the normal 6:35 p.m. first race time. In addition, the grandstand gates will open 30 minutes earlier at 5 p.m. Post time for the 16th and final trial is scheduled for 11:35 p.m.

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