Four Grade 1 Winners Top 125 Entrants for Dash For Cash Futurity Trials at LSP

(Thursday, October 11, 2007) - Grade 1 winners Check Cathy, Furrtreeous, Southern Takes All and Swingin Jess are among 125 two-year-old American Quarter Horses entered in Saturday night's Dash For Cash Futurity trials at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The 10 fastest times in the 13 races - all at 400 yards - will advance to the Grade 1 final on Saturday, Oct. 27. The final is worth an estimated $450,000.

The top money earners entered are Heritage Place Futurity winner Southern Takes All (7-2-2-1-$358,513; entered in Race 2); Retama Park and Manor Downs Futurity winner Swingin Jess (7-5-1-0-$266,108; Race 7); Harrah's Entertainment Futurity winner Eyesa Jumpn (9-4-2-1-$264,529; Race 5); Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity winner Furrtreeous (5-3-1-1-$220,896; Race 13); Rainbow Futurity runner-up Possum Fust (7-3-3-0-$165,479; Race 9); once beaten Sam Houston Futurity champ Check Cathy (5-4-1-0-$145,320; Race 10); All American Futurity third Captain Courage (4-1-0-2-$143,070; Race 9); and unbeaten Firecracker Futurity winner Coronas Leaving You (5-5-0-0-$118,280; Race 1).

Trainer Heath Taylor, who ranked second nationally in money-won with more than $2.3 million, holds a strong hand with five entrants, including Swingin Jess, Captain Courage and Coronas Leaving You. Swingin Jess and Coronas Leaving You will be ridden by Lone Star's 2000-01 leading rider Gilbert Ortiz, winner of the inaugural Dash For Cash Futurity in 1997 aboard My Love Wont Wait. Six-time AQHA Champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr., who guided Baby Doll Form to victory in the 2001 Dash For Cash Futurity, is named to ride Captain Courage.

Remington Park's training champ Eddie Willis has seven entrants, including Southern Takes All and Possum Fust. Larry Payne has the mount on the two stakes winners.

Robert Touchet, the leading trainer at the Retama Park meeting, also has seven entries, led by Check Cathy, who'll be ridden by Arturo Puga.

Two-time Dash For Cash Futurity winning trainer John Buchanan (Pivotal Decision in 2000 and Don't Let Down last year) will saddle seven horses, including All American Futurity seventh Coronas Fast Dash and Rainbow Futurity fourth Brighton Beach.

Lone Star Park's first race Saturday is 6:35 p.m. CT and the final race is scheduled for 11:57 p.m. CT. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m.


Six trial races for the Grade 1 Dash For Cash Derby and the $20,000 Kool Kue Baby Handicap, a 350-yard sprint for fillies and mares, highlight Friday night's 11-race program at Lone Star Park.

The 440-yard Derby trials will be run as Races 3-8. The Oct. 27 final is estimated to be worth $175,000.

Entrants include Bluebonnet Stakes winner Bridled Lightnin; Sam Houston Derby winner Diamond Tres Seis; Speed Horse Gold and Silver Cup Derby champ Doc Maxwell; Retama Park Derby winner Eyesa Famous; All American Derby sixth place finisher Feature for You; Canterbury Park Derby winner First Class Smarty; All American Derby and Retama Park Derby third Hiclass La Jolla; Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Derby winner Jet Black Rebel; TQHA Sires' Cup Derby winner Jess a Lil Bit More; Remington Park Derby runner-up Jess Tie Quik; Altoona Derby and Iowa Double Gold Derby winner Ledum; Manor Downs Derby winner Miss Kips Streakin; New Mexico HBA Stakes winner and West Texas Derby runner-up Mister Ww; Firecracker Derby runner-up My First Passion; 2006 Ruidoso Futurity winner Okey Dokey Fantasy; and Oklahoma Bred Quarter Horse Derby winner Streakin Postoak.

After the trials, Sin Tacha Perry and Shake Em Fever will meet for the fourth straight time in the Kool Kue Baby, to be run as Race 9 at approximately 10:11 p.m. CT.

Sin Tacha Perry, the 4-year-old filly trained by Janet Van Bebber, landed post No. 1 and Shake Em Fever, a 5-year-old mare conditioned by leading trainer Judd Kearl, drew the outside stall in a field of 10 fillies and mares.

Sin Tacha Perry won the $24,000 TQHA Sires' Cup Stakes at Sam Houston on Aug. 18, while Shake Em Fever finished sixth. In their previous meeting on July 14, Shake Em Fever prevailed in the Grade 3, $35,370 John Deere Texas Distaff Challenge Stakes, with Sin Tacha Perry finishing eighth.

The complete Kool Kue Baby Handicap field from the rail out (with jockeys, trainer, assigned weight and morning line odds): Sin Tacha Perry (Gilbert Ortiz, Janet Van Bebber, 125 pounds, 3-1); Shesastreakinlady (Jose Alvarez, Tooter Jordan, 123, 8-1); Sixarun Bug (Joe Martinez, "Sleepy" Gilbreath, 122, 20-1); Rare Kayoh (Russel Hadley, Jesse Yoakum, 122, 15-1); Jess Braggin ("Diamond Jim" Brooks, Ryan Basham, 122, 20-1); The Long Straw (Santos Carrizales, Jose Ramos, 123, 8-1); Sheza Black Dasher (Roy Baldillez, Trey Wood, 123, 6-1); Streakin Amber (G.R. Carter Jr., Heath Taylor, 123, 5-1); Dashing Uno (Roy Brooks, Verle Bohner, 123, 6-1); and Shake Em Fever (Rodrigo Vallejo, Judd Kearl, 125, 7-2).


Friday night at Lone Star Park doubles as Lone Star Park Hall of Fame night. With a paid $3 general admission, patrons will receive a free Lone Star Park Hall of Fame T-shirt that commemorates the inaugural class, including Quarter Horses representatives Kool Kue Baby, trainer Jack Brooks and industry leaders Jim and Marilyn Helzer.

The first of 11 live races is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT. Lone Star Park's Grandstand gates will open one hour earlier at 5:30 p.m. CT.

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