Dash For Cash Derby and Futurity Trials/Kool Kue Baby Handicap Highlight Weekend Action at Lone Star Park

(Thursday, October 9, 2008) - Five trial races for the Grade 1, $200,000 estimated Dash For Cash Derby and the $20,000 Kool Kue Baby Handicap, a 350-yard sprint for fillies and mares, highlight Friday night’s 10-race program at Lone Star Park. On Saturday night, the track will host a record 16 time trials, with 153 entries, for the Grade 1, $400,000 estimated Dash For Cash Futurity with a revised first post time at 5:30 p.m. The finals for both the Futurity and Derby will be contested on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Dash For Cash Derby Trials – Friday, Oct. 10 – First Post 6:35 p.m.

Scheduled for races 4-8 on Friday, the Derby trials will be run at 440 yards with the top 10 times advancing to the finals. Post time for the fourth race is scheduled for 7:47 p.m.

Entrants to watch include last year’s Dash For Cash Futurity winner at Lone Star Park Rock Solid Jess; Swinging Jess, the 2007 Retama Park and Manor Downs Futurity winner, who ran fourth in $1 million Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park last November; Zazoom, winner of five straight including the Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs; Eye of Glory, last year’s Ruidoso Futurity runner-up; Goodnews Gran, who had a three-race win streak snapped when he ran third in the Firecracker two back; Captain Courage, who ran 10th in the All-American Derby on Aug. 31 and third in last year’s All-American Futurity both at Ruidoso Downs; and Separatist Free, winner of four of his last five with a third-place finish in the Blue Bonnet Stakes at Sam Houston in his last.

Kool Kue Baby Handicap

Immediately following the Derby trials, in race 9 scheduled for 9:47 p.m, Lone Star Park’s Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap winner Eyesa Jumpn and eight others will try to run down 2-1 morning line favorite Eyesa Country Miss in the $20,000 Kool Kue Baby Handicap. The race for fillies and mares, three years old and up, will be contested at 350 yards.

Owned by Rafter SM Ranch and trained by Sparky Mullins, Eyesa Country Miss picks up the nation’s leading jockey in money won, G.R. Carter, Jr., after finishing sixth in the Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap last Saturday at Lone Star Park. The six-year-old mare will be looking for her 16th career win in her 41st lifetime start.

Jesus Huitron’s Eyesa Jumpn, trained by Eusevio Huitron, will be looking to make it two in a row over the Lone Star Park strip. Santos Carrizales, who was aboard for her Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap win, will have the mount again aboard the 3-1 second choice on Lone Star Park odds maker Rick Lee’s morning line.

The field from the rail out (with jockey, assigned weight and morning line odds in parenthesis): Bridled Lightnin (Luis Ramirez, 125, 6-1); Very Dashin 123 (Gaspar Garcia, 123, 15-1); Eyesa Country Miss (G.R. Carter, Jr., 126, 2-1); Miss Shivers (Ricky Ramirez, 122, 20-1); Eye Caughtcha Peekin (Jose Amado Alvarez, 125, 4-1); Truly Finishes First (Fidencio Hernandez, 122, 30-1); Callies First Effort (Dewey Paul Smith, 125, 12-1); Megas Way (Larry Payne, 123, 15-1); Eyesa Jumpn (Santos Carrizales, 124, 3-1); Anna Pavlova (J.R. Ramirez, 122, 20-1).

Dash For Cash Futurity Trials – Saturday, Oct. 11 – First Post 5:30 p.m.

This Saturday, a record 16 time trials, with 153 entries, are scheduled to compete in the Dash For Cash Futurity Trials for the 10 spots in the final, expected to be worth more than $400,000 on Saturday, Oct. 25. The trials will be contested at 400 yards.

Top contenders among the 153 two-year-olds are stakes winners: Spit Curl Diva, winner of the Springfield Cup Futurity at Fair Meadows in Tulsa on July 27 and runner-up in the Remington Park Futurity in April; TQHA Sales Futurity winner at Sam Houston on July 26 Jody’s Money Pop; Executive Looks, victor in the Manor Downs Futurity in April; Swingin N Ease, Firecracker Futurity winner at Delta Downs on July 5; Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity winner Sixy Royal King at Lousiana Downs on March 18; Hearts Runaway, winner of the Ruidoso Sales Futurity on June 15 and New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park in April; and Lightning Round, who won the TQHA Sire Futurity at Sam Houston on July 11.

The nation’s leading trainer in earnings, with more than $ 4 million, Heath Taylor has 12 entries in the 16 races, the most among trainers. Next are Trey Wood with 11 and Glen Atkinson with eight. Five trainers – Vicoria Cano, Arthur E. Roe Gordon, Judd Kearl, Brian Muse and Angel Sanchez – have six starters each.

With Lone Star Park’s first post time of 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, the grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. Last post time for Race 16 is scheduled for 11:30 p.m.

Lone Star Park’s 31-day, 2008 Quarter Horse Fall Meeting of Champions will be held from September 26 to November 29. After the opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, racing will be held every Thursday through Saturday in October and each Wednesday through Saturday in November, except Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 26-27 when there will be no live racing due to the Thanksgiving holiday. First post time for all dates will be 6:35 p.m. For more information, visit the track’s Web site at www.lonestarpark.com.

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