Easy Dashin Sixes is Leading Qualifier for $384,000 Texas Classic Derby on Nov. 29

(Friday, November 14, 2008) - Easy Dashin Sixes, owned by Oscar Cantu Ramirez and trained by Eusevio Huitron, was the fastest qualifier in the trials for the Grade 1, $383,750 Texas Classic Derby held Friday night at Lone Star Park. Ridden by Julian Cantu, the winner of both the Retama Park and Sam Houston Derbies and runner-up in the Refrigerator Handicap here on Oct. 4, ran his 440-yard trial in 21.038 earning a speed index of 108 to top the list of 10 qualifiers for the Nov. 29 final.

Trainer Heath Taylor qualified four of the 10 finalists, including two with jockey Gilbert Ortiz, the only rider with more than one. Taylor’s Coronas Leaving You, Separatist Baby, Rebas in the House and Coronas Easy Dash will return to compete for the top prize of $170,772 on Nov. 29.

The 10 qualifiers (in order with time, jockey and trainer in parenthesis) for the Texas Classic Derby are: Easy Dashin Sixes (21.308, Oscar Cantu Ramirez, Julian Cantu, Eusevio Huitron), Corona’s Leaving You (21.356, G.R. Carter, Jr., Heath Taylor), Quickid Corona (21.391, Quickid Partners [Leesee], Roy Baldillez, Stacy Charette-Hill), Dmnv Mountable (21.444, Ezra Lee & Tony Dahl, Alex Baldillez, Jr., Jacque Uphaus), Separatist Baby (21.458, Ramiro Lopez, Jarrod Deschamp, Heath Taylor), Romancing Mary (21.481, John Mayers, J.R. Ramirez, Paul Ramirez), Rebas in the House (21.553, Michael Dale Taylor, Gilbert Ortiz, Heath Taylor), Moonshine Memories (21.568, Jerry V. Whittle, Gaspar Garcia, Dwayne Gilbreath), Rock Solid Jess (21.604, Jack Manning, Tad Leggett, Michael Wakefield), and Coronas Easy Dash (21.605, Keilani Farms LLC, Gilbert Ortiz, Heath Taylor),

Taylor’s Fast Prize Doll and Red Storm Cat ran the 11th and 12th best times, respectively, during the four Derby trials. Fast Prize Doll’s time of 21.629 missed qualifying by 0.024 of a second.

Lone Star Park’s 31-day, 2008 Quarter Horse Fall Meeting of Champions will be held from September 26 to November 29. After the opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, racing will be held every Thursday through Saturday in October and each Wednesday through Saturday in November, except Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 26-27 when there will be no live racing due to the Thanksgiving holiday. First post time for all dates will be 6:35 p.m. For more information, visit the track’s Web site at www.lonestarpark.com.

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