Entries Favored in 2 of 3 Lone Star Paint & Appaloosa Futurity Trials on Thursday

(Grand Prairie, Texas - Tuesday, October 19, 2010) - Thursday night’s trials for the Grade 1, $60,000 Lone Star Paint & Appaloosa Futurity feature favored entries in two of the three trials scheduled as Races 5 through 7 on the 10-race program, which has a first-post time of 6:35 p.m.  A total of 27 are entered for the trials, which are open to 2-year-old Paints & Appaloosas and will be run at 350 yards at Lone Star Park.

In Race 5, the entry of Prize Jive and Flashing Memories has been made the even-money favorite by track morning line maker Rick Lee. Owned and trained by Dee Keener, Prize Jive is two for five with two thirds and is coming into the race off of a third-place finish in the R-Grade 1, $120,380 Speedhorse Futurity Finals at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Okla. on July 24 where the Country Quick Dash filly lost by only a neck.  Entry mate Flashing Memories, owned by Debra Weaver, has a win with one second and a third in seven lifetime starts.  Jockey Jesus Salazar has been named on both.

The toughest competition in 1that first trial could come from Girls Got Grip LLC’s Girls Got Grip, who won by disqualification after crossing the wire second in the Grade 1, $257,208 Graham Paint and Appaloosa Futurity in her last race on May 29 at Remington Park in Oklahoma.  The Country Quick filly will be ridden by AQHA all-time money leading jockey G. R. Carter, Jr.

In the second trial, the top two contenders look to be Donna & Sidney Ward’s Ww Granite Treasure and The Painted Pitchfork’s Special Sign.  Favored in the morning line at 5-2, Luis Villafranco-trainee Ww Granite Treasure has two wins and has hit the board in five of seven career starts, including a victory in his last race, the Grade 1, $257,208 Graham Paint and Appaloosa Futurity.  The son of Granite Lake (QH) will have Kenny Muntz in the irons.  A winner of four of five lifetime, including the last three in a row, Special Sign, who is trained by Dee Keener and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez, enters the trials following a win in the Grade 2, $25,573 Harvest Cup Futurity at Arapahoe Park in Colorado.

In Race 7, owner/trainer Dee Keener teams up with jockey G. R. Carter, Jr. with Valdarama, who is entered with Winthrop Ingersoll’s Got Country Itch, as the one to beat at 2-1 in the morning line in the final trial.  Second in both the R-Grade 1, $82,130 Pot O’ Gold Futurity at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma on Oct. 3 and R-Grade 1, $120,380 Speedhorse Futurity Finals at Fair Meadows, the 2-year-old daughter of Country Quick Dash is looking for her first stakes win.

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