Fastest Qualifier Sixes Streak Seeks to Stay Hot In Grade 1, $414,045 Dash for Cash Futurity Saturday at Lone Star Park

(Grand Prairie, Texas - Wednesday, October 5, 2011) - Jerry Windham’s, Sixes Streak, trained by Heath Taylor, is scheduled to take on nine rivals in the 14th running of the Grade 1, $414,045 Dash for Cash Futurity, to be run at 400 yards, Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

The bay son of Streakin Sixes, out of the First Down Dash mare First Down Sixes, was the fastest qualifier in the Dash for Cash Futurity trials with a time of 19.304 at Lone Star Park September 25. Sixes Streak has won four of six starts for $11,630 and is out to secure his first Grade 1 victory the Dash for Cash Futurity. G.R. Carter, Jr., has the assignment.

“He ran an extremely fast time in the trials,” said trainer Heath Taylor. “A couple of horses later on the card ran big races after the wind conditions changed, so we know we’re facing some formidable foes, but we schooled him in the gate this morning and he looks really focused, geared up and ready to go.”

Two other strong contenders of note are, Texasindependencegal, owned by Leonard Lyne and trained by Toby Keeton, and Fleet Elis, owned by Bullard Farms and trained by John Buchanan. The former, a winner of seven of eight starts for $56,885 in earning and will have regular rider Augustin Silva aboard. The latter, has won two of four starts for $9,314 and will be ridden by current meet-leading rider Ricky Ramirez.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Sumokin (Larry Payne, 15-1); John the Banker (Luis Ramirez, 20-1); Sixes Streak (G.R. Carter, Jr., 3-1); Get Gone Gol (Carlos Madeira, 12-1); Zenergy (Alex Baldillez, Jr., 8-1); Algorithmic (Russel Hadley, 8-1); Executive Miss Dash (Santos Carrizales, 5-1); Fleet Elis (Ricky Ramirez, 4-1); Texasindependencegal (Augustin Silva, 5-2) and Stirring It Up (Cody Jensen, 10-1).

Scheduled as race nine on the 10-race program, the Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity has an approximate post time of 9:47 p.m.

Texas Icon Another Contender for Windham, Taylor and Carter in Grade 2, $153,300 Dash For Cash Derby

Texas Icon, owned by Jerry Windham and trained by Heath Taylor, goes after his first graded stakes victory in the 14th running of the Grade 2, $153,300 Dash for Cash Derby, to be run at 440 yards, at Lone Star Park Saturday night.

The bay son of Corona Cartel, out of the Vital Sign mare Jennifer Kate, has won five of 14 starts for $92,802 and finished second in the Grade 2, $285,735 Heritage Place Derby at Remington Park May 28. G.R. Carter, Jr. is scheduled to ride Texas Icon.

“He’s training super,” said trainer Heath Taylor. “It’s a very competitive field, but he’s peaking at the right time and craving to race.”

Zoomandkicken, owned by Hector Ramirez and conditioned by current meet-leading trainer Trey Wood, has been installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite by track oddsmaker Rick Lee. A winner of five of ten starts for $75,266, Zoomandkicken was the fastest qualifier for the Dash for Cash Derby traveling 440 yards in 21.170.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Run Naked (Esgar Ramirez, 12-1); Wagon to Hollywood (Jarrod Deschamp, 15-1); Down Rite Royal (Cody Jensen, 15-1); Kool Country Man (Julian Cantu 20-1); Cocopata (Santos Carrizales, 8-1); Zoomandkicken (Ricky Ramirez, 9-5); Freighttrain B (Jimmy Brooks, 12-1); Jess Scared Money (Russel Hadley, 30-1); Texas Icon (G.R. Carter, Jr., 4-1) and Eyes Blew by You (Rodrigo Vallejo, 3-1).

Scheduled as race eight on the 10-race program, the Dash for Cash Derby has an approximate post time of 9:23 p.m.

Jockeys to Ride for Jacky Martin on Saturday, October 8

On Saturday, October 8, both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys are being asked to contribute a losing mount fee to the “Jacky Martin Fund” to help with costs associated with the long-term care for the champion Quarter Horse jockey who was paralyzed after a spill at Ruidoso Downs on September 2 when his horse, Phire Power, broke down after the finish of the sixth race.

To bring awareness to Martin, and in his honor, jockeys will be riding with a boot decal with Jacky’s name.

Because of the considerable costs associated with Jacky’s injuries, his medical care and needs will exceed well beyond the limit of the $500,000 on-track insurance policy provided by Ruidoso Downs.

“It is critically important that the funds raise enough money to help with the long-term care for Jacky,” said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “Insurance only covers so much of the needed costs. We are asking jockeys and individuals to help Jacky carry on his life after this catastrophic event. All donations are appreciated.”

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the fund by sending a check made out to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track Chaplaincy at P.O. Box 449, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346. It is important to write on the memo line “Jacky Martin Fund” to ensure that the money is contributed to the Jacky Martin Fund.

R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard have generously donated $100,000 to seed the fund.

Martin was named Jockey of the year in 2010 and has won the All-American Futurity seven times. He is a member of the Ruidoso Hall of Fame. He is currently in rehabilitation at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. It is the same facility that treated Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

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