Illegal Memories Jumps Into $432,090 Dash For Cash Futurity at LSP

(Saturday, October 13, 2007) - Tim Lange and Charlie Forbes' Illegal Memories, ridden by Roy Baldillez and trained by Doug McMullen, clocked 400 yards in :19.889 Saturday night at Lone Star Park and was the fastest qualifier to the Grade 1 Dash For Cash Futurity, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27.

Thirteen trial races were staged for 2-year-old American Quarter Horses and the 10 fastest of 125 recorded times earned berths in the $432,090 final two weeks later.

In addition to Illegal Memories, who prevailed in the fifth trial, the finalists are All American Futurity seventh Coronas Fast Dash (:19.945, Race 7, ridden by Juan Vazquez, trained by John Buchanan); Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Futurity fifth Adios My Amigos (:19.984, Race 12, Roy Brooks, Luis Villafranco); Heritage Place Futurity qualifier Passion Raging On (:20.066, Race 5, Larry Payne, Eddie Willis); Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Futurity third Presidential Request (:20.087, Race 4, G.R. Carter Jr., Brian Muse); Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity winner Furrtreeous (:20.096, Race 13, Brooks, Villafranco); Blue Ribbon Futurity runner-up Illegal Te (:20.104, Race 5, Rodrigo Vallejo, Judd Kearl); Rainbow Futurity runner-up Possum Fust (:20.111, Race 9, Payne, Willis); West Texas Futurity qualifier Rock Solid Jess (:20.111, Race 13, James Gonzales, Mike Wakefield); and Retama Park and Dixie Stallion Futurity third Witchs Streak (:20.112, Race 4, Santos Carrizales, Jose Ramos).

Illegal Memories, a Texas-bred gelded son of Illegal Runaway out of the Leaving Memories mare Good Ole Memories, will enter the final with two wins and $80,372 in six career starts.

In three of those starts, including Saturday's impressive trial victory, he's propped or jumped the photo finish light beam at the wire. He did the same while fourth in the Grade 1 Retama Park Futurity in June.

In the trial for the Retama Park Futurity, Illegal Memories nearly sent two-time reigning Lone Star Park riding champ "Diamond" Jim Brooks into retirement. The 56-year-old jockey was sidelined four months with an injured rotator cuff when the 2-year-old bobbled badly at the wire while finishing second.

"At the wire, he got stiff-legged and just propped and dug his two front feet into the ground," Brooks said Oct. 2. "He tossed me out of the stirrups and into the air with no reins in my hands; I came down hard. He's got some talent, though."


A trio of Pick 6 carryovers at Santa Anita ($132,412), Belmont Park ($124,790) and Keeneland Race Course ($51,793) highlight Sunday's simulcast action at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Sunday's first race at Belmont Park is 12 p.m. CT and the Pick 6 will cover Races 5-10 (starting at 2:05 p.m. CT). Keeneland's first race is 12:15 p.m. CT, with the Pick 6 on Races 4-9 (1:45 p.m. CT). Santa Anita will start at 2:30 p.m. CT and the Pick 6 sequence is Races 5-10 (4:40 p.m. CT).

Lone Star Park's Post Time Pavilion will open for simulcast wagering at 10:25 a.m. CT.


Pre-entries for the 11 Breeders' Cup World Championships races on Oct. 26-27 are due Monday (Oct. 15) and will be announced to the public on Wednesday (Oct. 17).

To ready for the big event, Lone Star Park will host its 12th annual Breeders' Cup Preview Party on Saturday (Oct. 20) from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Post Time Pavilion.

Veteran handicappers Gary West of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Lone Star Park's Rick Lee will be joined by Norm Hitzges of "Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket" to dissect the contenders and pretenders for each of the championship races to be held at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

There also will be video of key Breeders' Cup prep races and the first 200 in attendance will receive a free Daily Racing Form Breeders' Cup Advance edition, complete with lifetime past performances of all horses pre-entered to the Breeders' Cup.

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