Dont Let Down, Ima Ramblin Girl Favored in Grade 1 Dash For Cash Doubleheader Saturday Night at LSP

(October 27, 2006) - All American Futurity third Dont Let Down, owned and bred by Schlotzsky’s chairman Bobby Cox of Peaster, Texas, landed post position No. 9 and was made the 6-5 morning line favorite for Saturday night’s Grade 1, $426,375 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The 400-yard sprint for 2-year-old Quarter Horses is one of three stakes races on a 12-race card that begins at 6:35 p.m. CT.

Trainer Jack Brooks will shoot to win his fourth Grade 1 Dash For Cash Derby with 3-year-old filly Ima Ramblin Girl, the 5-2 morning line favorite in the 440-yard race worth $193,300. Brooks also has Valiant Hero, the 3-1 early choice in the $47,375 Dash For Cash Juvenile Stakes.

The Futurity gets top billing with the presence of Dont Let Down. The 2-year-old Stoli gelding was the fastest of 107 two-year-olds in 11 trial races on Oct. 14 with a 400-yard clocking of :19.802. The Texas-bred cruised to bear Perrys Lil Sis by two lengths for his fourth victory in eight starts.

Prior to the Futurity trials, Dont Let Down, a $214,207-earner, finished third behind No Secrets Here and Gun Battle in the prestigious Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day. In June, the gelded son of Stoli was third in the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity.

Buchanan and jockey Juan Vazquez will attempt to win the Dash For Cash Futurity for the second time. They teamed to win the 2000 renewal with Joshua Harner’s Pivotal Decision. This year, they’ll likely have to buck a trend: no favorite has won the Dash For Cash Futurity in eight runnings of the race.

The complete Futurity field from the rail out (with jockey, trial time and morning line odds): Jetin Chablis (Jose Vega, :19.900, 20-1); Very Dashing Chick (G.R. Carter Jr., :19.900, 5-2); First Freeze (Gilbert Ortiz, :19.857, 5-2); Fantasies Royal (Roy Baldillez, :19.999, 15-1); Dylans Dandy (Bryan Ernst, :19.906, 12-1); Jess a Lil Bit More (Tad Leggett, :20.015, 20-1); Streakin Illusively (Alfonso Lujan, :19.912, 8-1); A Silver Goblin (Russel Hadley, :19.971, 10-1); Dont Let Down (Vazquez, :19.802, 6-5); and Indio Solitario (Rodrigo Vallejo, :20.000, 30-1).

The Heath Taylor-trained duo of First Freeze and Very Dashing Chick will run coupled as an entry.

Post time for the Dash For Cash Futurity, to be run as Race 11, is 11:05 p.m. CT. The Derby will go as Race 10 at 10:38 p.m. CT.


Lone Star Park will host its 11th annual Breeders’ Cup Preview Party on Saturday 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 eight Breeders’ Cup World Championships races, scheduled a week later at Churchill Downs.

There 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, featuring lifetime past performances of all horses pre-entered to the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup.


Lone Star Park will open its Grandstand and Post Time Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 for simulcast wagering on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Churchill Downs. The first race from Churchill Downs that morning is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. CT, and the first Breeders’ Cup (Race 3) is set for 11:30 a.m. CT

Lone Star Park will offer Drive Thru Wagering off Gate 2 that day from 8 a.m. until post time of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (4:20 p.m. CT). A 12-race live program featuring three stakes events will follow the Breeders’ Cup simulcast at 5 p.m. CT.

Also, Lone Star Park will offer advance wagering on the entire Breeders’ Cup card from Churchill Downs all day on Friday, Nov. 3 starting at 9:20 a.m.


With three wins Thursday night, 55-year-old “Diamond Jim” Brooks, the defending riding champ, took the lead in the jockey standings with 11 victories – one more than Fidencio Hernandez. John Buchanan entered Friday with a one-win lead over Judd Learl in the trainer standings, 8-to-7. A.D. Maddox is the leading owner with three trips to the winner’s circle . . .

Members of Lone Star Park’s free customer rewards program “Star Player Rewards” will receive “double points” for their wagers on Lone Star Park’s 12-race program on Saturday night (Dash For Cash Futurity and Derby night). Each day, members can receive a discounted $1 general admission and earn points based on wagering, food and beverage and Gift Shop purchases. Visit or the Post Time Pavilion’s Racing Information Center to join “Star Player Rewards.” . . .

A graded stakes tripleheader is scheduled for Saturday at Aqueduct: the Grade II, $150,000 First Flight Handicap (fillies and mares at seven furlongs); Grade III, $150,000 Sport Page Breeders’ Cup (3-year-olds & up at seven furlongs); and Grade III, $100,000 Knickerbocker Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 1 1/8 miles on turf) . . .

Saturday is closing day Keeneland and the Grade III, $150,000 Fayette Stakes (3-year-olds & up at 1 1/8 miles) is featured. Kentucky racing shifts to Churchill Downs on Sunday, Oct. 29, and Grade III juvenile stakes highlight the lid-lifter: the $100,000 Iroquois (2-year-olds at one mile) and $100,000 Pocahontas (2-year-old fillies at one mile . . .

The babies also will be in action Sunday at Aqueduct in the Grade III, $100,000 Nashua Stakes (2-year-olds at one mile) and Grade III, $100,000 Tempted Stakes (2-year-old fillies at one mile) . . .

Saturday’s California Cup XVII highlights closing weekend at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. Two stakes are scheduled for the Sunday, Oct. 29 swan song: the Grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf) and Grade III, $100,000 Morvich Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course).

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