|Favorites Don't Let Down in Dash For Cash at LSP
(October 28, 2006) - Dont Let Down showed that his third
in the All American Futurity was no fluke and powered home to beat
First Freeze by a half-length in the $426,375 Dash For Cash Futurity
– one of two Grade 1 stakes events run before a crowd of 4,822
on Saturday night at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Earlier,
Hall of Fame trainer Jack Brooks bagged his fourth Dash For Cash
Derby when Ima Ramblin Girl prevailed by a half-length over Adrians
Dont Let Down, ridden by Juan Vazquez and carrying 124 pounds,
ran 400 yards in :19.713 and paid $3.20, $2.80 and $2.60 as the
odds-on 3-5 favorite in the field of 10 two-year-old Quarter Horses.
He became the first favorite to win the Futurity in nine runnings
of the race. First Freeze returned $4.20 and $4. Jetin Chablis was
another half-length back in third and paid $3.60.
The win was the fifth in nine lifetime starts for the John Buchanan
trainee, and was worth $170,550 for owner/breeder Bobby Cox, the
Peaster, Texas resident who’s the chairman of Schlotzsky’s
restaurants. The 2-year-old Stoli gelding’s career bankroll
now stands at $384,757.
“He’s just a natural 400-440 yard horse,” Buchanan
said. “He can run the other distances, but it’s just
easier for him to run this distance. He handled Ruidoso, but he
likes Texas better. He likes more oxygen.”
Prior to the Dash For Cash, Dont Let Down 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
“In the Heritage Place, he stumbled a little bit, came back
and ran third,” Vazquez said. “He had a good chance
to win the All American but he had a little trouble. He got a little
bump and finally he had it to win this one. He’s a hell of
a baby with too much talent and I think he deserved to win a Grade
Said Cox: “After I bought Invisible Injun, I had to have
some of his offspring to run so I bought a couple in the All American.
His mother happed to be one of them. She ran pretty well for us
and this was her first baby. The ‘Don’t Let Down’
came from in business (the saying) “When the going gets tough,
the tough get going.” It’s been a tough road here and
I’ve been trying to win this thing for like 20 years so it’s
a great win and it’s great to be here.”
This was the second Dash For Cash Futurity for Buchanan and Vazquez,
who won the 2000 renewal with Joshua Harner’s Pivotal Decision.
In the $193,300 Derby, Ima Ramblin Girl, a half-sister to multiple
Grade 1-winner Heza Ramblin Man, zipped 440 yards in :21.590 and
returned $8.40, $4 and $3.40 as the mild 3-1 choice. The victory
was worth $77,320 to owners Pat and Walt Fletcher of Lakin, Kansas.
“We’ve qualified for a bunch of them,” Brooks
said, referring to the Derby. “These Derbies get so tough.
She ran a big race tonight. She warmed up perfect.”
Said Carter: “Jack and Raymond Vargus, Jack’s assistant,
have done a phenomenal job. They had this filly really sitting on
big race tonight. She warmed up phenomenal. I could tell she really
had her mind on racing tonight. She left the gate and went to the
other end and made my job real easy. She sensed that other horse
coming up to her on the inside and she just pinned her ears and
gutted it out. It was a really gutsy performance. I rode this filly’s
brother, Heza Ramblin Man, to most all of the victories in his career.
He had a big heart and finished really strong on a race and wasn’t
a big breaker. This filly is just the opposite. She’s a big
breaker and wins her races on the front end.”
Brooks and Carter also teamed to win the $47,375 Dash For Cash
Juvenile with Valiant Hero, a First Down Dash gelding who ran 400
yards in :19.78 to beat Sixes Split Pea by a neck.
Both winners of the Dash For Cash Futurity and Derby were the fastest
qualifiers in trial races held two weeks ago.
DOWN THE STRETCH –
Live racing returns to Lone Star Park on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.
CT with a nine-race program . . .
Lone Star Park will open its Grandstand and Post Time Pavilion
at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday 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 –
the $65,800 Lone Star Paint & Appaloosa Futurity (2-year-old
Paint & Appaloosas at 350 yards); the $10,000-added Olympia
Joe Paint & Appaloosa Handicap (Paint & Appaloosas at 400
yards); and $15,000 Grand Prairie Classic (3-year-olds at 870 yards)
– 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.