|Make A Secret Lands Post 7 for
Saturday's $310,770 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park
(Wednesday, October 19, 2005) - Southwest Racing Partnership's
flashy juvenile gelding Make A Secret, who zipped 400 yards in :19.759
two weeks ago, will start from post position No. 7 in Saturday's
Grade 1, $310,770 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park in Grand
Make A Secret, who will be coupled in the wagering with Cotton
Nash as the 6-5 morning line favorite, is the horse to beat. The
California-bred son of Raise a Secret recorded the fastest time
among 87 horses in nine trial races at Lone Star on Oct. 8. Prior
to that race, the Firecracker Futurity champ was fourth as the favorite
in Quarter Horse racing's coveted $1.9 million All American Futurity
when the Ruidoso Downs racing strip came up "muddy."
"The horse is doing absolutely outstanding - really, really
great," Make A Secret's trainer Heath Taylor said Wednesday.
"The draw was fine, a good wide draw. But this is a tough race.
There are a lot of good horses in there. I think you can make a
case for several horses, but my horse is doing extremely well and
he likes to tangle with the competition. When my horse is challenged,
he likes to dig in and find another gear. All we need now is a little
Gilbert Ortiz has the mount.
Make A Secret, a three-time winner and earner of $220,210 in seven
starts, is one of four stakes winners in the field. All American
Winner, the 7-2 second choice trained by Alex Villarreal, prevailed
in the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity last month. This Candys Red
Hot, a "Sleepy" Gilbreath trainee at odds of 10-1, is
a winner in five of six starts including the Grade 1 Speedhorse
Gold and Silver Cup Futurity at Fair Meadows in July. One Special
Shade, an 8-1 shot also trained by Gilbreath, was victorious in
the Grade 3 Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge at Ruidoso in August.
Here's the complete Dash For Cash Futurity field from the rail
out (with jockey and morning line odds): Fast Results (Tony Bennett,
20-1); All American Winner (Rodrigo Vallejo, 7-2); Racing Zone (Roy
Baldillez, 5-1); Cotton Nash (Joe Martinez, 6-5); Shaken Easy Dash
(Larry Payne, 12-1); Sixes Glass (Juan Vazquez, 20-1); Make A Secret
(Ortiz, 6-5); This Candys Red Hot (Alex Baldillez Jr., 10-1); Ida
Snow Man (Jacky Martin, 15-1); and One Special Shade (G.R. Carter
The Dash For Cash Futurity will goes as Race 12 at approximately
9:57 p.m. CT on Saturday's 13-race program that begins at 5 p.m.
Taylor Hopes for Better Luck With Make A Secret
Horse racing is often about luck. And sometimes it's better to
be lucky than good. Just ask 35-year-old trainer Heath Taylor, who'll
start the favored entry of Make A Secret and Cotton Nash in Saturday's
Grade 1 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park.
Taylor still hasn't recovered from the disappointment on a rainy
Labor Day afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. That's when his well-regarded
arsenal of Make A Secret, Jess A Classy Lad and Vodka On Ice finished
fourth, eighth and 10th in this year's $1.9 million All American
"That loss was just devastating," said Taylor, who resides
in Ledbetter, Texas. "I haven't gotten over it and it has nothing
to do with the money."
The All American Futurity, a 440-yard sprint for 2-year-olds with
a $1 million first prize, is the most sought after victory in American
Quarter Horse racing. In the Quarter Horse industry, it's as coveted
as Thoroughbred racing's Kentucky Derby.
"I don't golf, I don't fish and I don't go hunting,"
Taylor said. "All I do is race horses day and night at five,
six or seven different racetracks. My family has had to make tremendous
sacrifices to allow me to do my job. The All American Futurity is
the Mecca of Quarter Horse racing and I thought I had some horses
that could win the race."
Pundits tabbed Make A Secret, a $35,000 yearling purchase by Teddy
Abrams Jr., Teddy Abrams Sr., Lyle Guillory and Darrell Hubbard,
as the horse to beat. After all, the winner of the Grade 2 Firecracker
Futurity was the fastest of 160 horses in 16 All American Futurity
trials with an eye-popping time of :21.246.
"If we would've won, I'd have some inner peace," Taylor
Instead, he's tormented by the heavy rain that turned the New Mexico
racing strip into a muddy bog on race day. Much to Taylor's dismay,
7-5 favorite Make A Secret and his two stablemates didn't care for
the wet surface.
"My horses were all doing super and me and my staff worked
our butts off to get them ready to fire," said Taylor, whose
horses have amassed more than $8 million over the years. "But,
unfortunately, the racetrack came up muddy that day. For whatever
reason, Make A Secret just could not stand up in the bog on the
outside of the racetrack for the first 350 yards. He went from about
ninth to fourth in the last 50 yards. I mean, we had three of the
top five qualifiers and drew posts seven, nine and 10. We went up
there thinking we were supposed to win."
Taylor has too much respect for the sport of horse racing to dismiss
the top efforts by winner Teller Cartel, runner-up Arealstraitheart
or third place finisher Brindis Por Cayenne. In fact, he was delighted
that his good friend trainer Paul Jones won the race. But he can't
help but think about what could have been if the rain hadn't fallen
and the track was fast.
"My hat goes off to the top three finishers, but it was devastating,"
Taylor said. "I felt like I had a rug jerked out from under
Perhaps a victory in Saturday's Dash For Cash Futurity would provide
Taylor with some solace.
"When he came back the other day in the trial and ran like
he did - 400 yards into a slight headwind in :19.759 - he validated
himself," Taylor said. "If he had run that kind of race
in the All American, he would have been competitive. I'm not going
to say he would have won, but he darn sure would have been a lot
closer. He might be better coming into this race than he was in
the All American. We'll see Saturday. These types of races are so
hard to win. My horse is ready but you can't count your chickens
before their hatched. We need some luck."
First Comment Tops Friday's Dash For Cash Derby Field;
Si Puede in Rheudasil
A graded stakes doubleheader, headlined by the Grade 1, $147,400
Dash For Cash Derby, highlights Friday night's action at Lone Star
Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. First Comment, looking to avenge a
second place finish to durable 3-year-old filly Si Puede in last
month's Grade 2 Sam Houston Derby, was made the 5-2 Dash For Cash
Derby morning line favorite after drawing the rail.
Meanwhile, Si Puede, an impressive winner of six in a row that
led to Horse of the Meeting honors at Sam Houston, bypassed the
Dash For Cash series for a start in Friday's co-feature, the Grade
3, $20,000 Rheudasil Handicap. The Dave Correll-trained filly will
use the 350-yard race - exclusively for fillies and mares - as a
steppingstone to the Nov. 11 Texas Classic Derby trials.
J.W. Owens' First Comment, trained by Jeff Acuna, was the fastest
of 25 three-year-olds in three Dash For Cash Derby trials on Oct
7 with a 440-yard time of :21.546. One of First Comment's chief
rivals will be 3-1 second choice Mighty Invictus, the Jack Brooks-trained
runner who'd been chasing top 3-year-old DM Shicago all year.
Here's the complete Dash For Cash Derby field from the rail out
(with jockey and morning line odds): First Comment (Rodrigo Vallejo,
5-2); Real Easy Okey (Jose Vega, 8-1); Strawfly Romance (Jorge Bourdieu,
15-1); Mighty Invictus (Juan Vazquez, 3-1); Winners Award (Tad Leggett,
8-1); Hez Habit Forming (Jose Alvarez, 30-1); Miss Eye Candy (Alex
Baldillez Jr., 20-1); Ro Anns Money (Gilbert Ortiz, 12-1); Tooting
Otoole (Jacky Martin, 10-1); and Six Packa Moonshine (Roy Baldillez,
The Rheudasil Handicap lineup: Perry Story (Ortiz, 8-1); Athena
Raquel (Vallejo, 6-1); Sixy Thru Traffic (Raul Ramirez Sr., 5-1);
Candy Eye Rose (James Brooks, 20-1); Zevis Eye Opener (Roy Baldillez,
8-1); Maid It Special (Martin, 15-1); Bullions N Garters (Roy Brooks,
7-2); Si Puede (Vega, 3-1); Lady Eye Opener (Alex Baldillez Jr.,
15-1); and Kissmeifyoucatchme (Fernando Camacho, 12-1).
The Dash For Cash Derby will goes as Race 12 at approximately 9:57
p.m. CT, while the Rheudasil goes one race earlier at 9:30 p.m.
CT. The first of 13 live races Friday is 5 p.m. CT.
Breeders' Cup Preview Party This Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will host its 10th annual Breeders'
Cup Preview Party on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Post
There'll be in-depth analysis and video review of contenders in
the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races by
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Gary West, The Dallas Morning News'
Rick Lee and Daily Racing Form's Vance Hanson.
Plus, the first 200 attendees will receive a complimentary edition
of the Breeders' Cup Advance Edition, featuring lifetime past performances
for all horses pre-entered in the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup.
117 Horses Pre-Entered for Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred
Led by Woodward Stakes and Stephen Foster Handicap winner Saint
Liam, Santa Anita and Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap winner Rock
Hard Ten, Pacific Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Borrego,
undefeated sprinting sensation Lost In The Fog, and defending champions
Ashado, Better Talk Now, Ouija Board and Singletary, 117 horses
- including 22 from Europe - were pre-entered for the 2005 Breeders'
Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The 22nd running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships,
consisting of eight Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling
a minimum of $14 million, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Belmont
Park in Elmont, N.Y., and will be televised live by NBC Sports (12
p.m. to 5 p.m. CT). This is the fourth time that Belmont Park -
celebrating its 100th anniversary - will host horse racing's greatest
international spectacle. Belmont Park previously hosted the Breeders'
Cup in 1990, 1995 and in 2001.
Lone Star Park, which hosted last year's Breeders' Cup before a
crowd of 53,717, will showcase the simulcast event throughout its
facility that day before live American Quarter Horse racing begins
at 5 p.m. CT. Drive Thru Wagering off Gate 2 will open at 7:30 a.m.
and remain open until post time for the Breeders' Cup Classic -
Powered by Dodge. The Post Time Pavilion will open early at 8:30
a.m. and Grandstand doors will open at 10:30 a.m. The first simulcast
from Belmont Park is 11 a.m. CT, while the first Breeders' Cup race
- the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - is set for 12:20
p.m. CT. For those that can't make it to Lone Star on Oct. 29, the
racetrack will offer advance Breeders' Cup wagering all day on Friday,
The 117 pre-entered horses is the highest number since the 2000
Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs when 135 horses were pre-entered.
Saint Liam and Rock Hard Ten finished in a tie for first in the
final voting in the Dodge Classic Division of the weekly World Thoroughbred
Championships Poll released last week. Borrego finished in third
place. All three are pre-entered in the $4 million Breeders' Cup
Classic - Powered by Dodge - at 1 ¼ miles. A victory by one
of these horses in the Classic could earn him the Horse of the Year
title. A victory by Lost in the Fog in the $1 million TVG Breeders'
Cup Sprint could also net him Horse of the Year honors.
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.'s 5-year-old Saint Liam, trained
by Richard Dutrow Jr., won the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park
in February, then was shipped to California for the Santa Anita
Handicap, where he finished fourth to Rock Hard Ten. Saint Liam
came back in June to win the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs by
2 ¾ lengths, finished second in the Whitney at Saratoga,
and returned to win the Woodward by two lengths under jockey Jerry
Bailey in his last start.
Mercedes Stables LLC and Madeleine Pickens' 4-year-old Rock Hard
Ten has won all three of his starts this year for trainer Richard
Mandella. After capturing the Strub Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap,
Rock Hard Ten was given nearly seven months off to recuperate from
nagging injuries, but returned with a flourish winning the Goodwood
Breeders' Cup under Gary Stevens. Mandella won the 2003 Breeders'
Cup Classic with Pleasantly Perfect, a day in which the trainer
won an unprecedented four Breeders' Cup races.
Jon Kelly, Brad Scott and partners' 4-year-old Borrego has come
on strong during the second half of the year. Trained by Beau Greely,
Borrego finished third in the Santa Anita Handicap in March, but
after two stakes losses at Hollywood Park, Borrego was a very different
horse at Del Mar, coming from off the pace to win the Pacific Classic,
and then earlier this month, toyed with seven rivals en route to
winning The Jockey Club Gold Cup by four lengths in a hand ride
under Garrett Gomez.
The standout foreign runner in the Classic appears to Starcraft,
a New Zealand-bred 5-year-old, who has raced in England this year
for trainer Luca Cumani. Owned by the Australian Syndicate, Starcraft
has won the NetJets Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and the Queen Elizabeth
II Stakes in his last two starts. Starcraft also has been pre-entered
in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile.
Harry Aleo's undefeated Lost In The Fog is pre-entered in the $1
million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint at six furlongs. From his San Francisco
base, trainer Greg Gilchrist has guided the 3-year-old Lost in the
Fog through a season of eight wins at seven different tracks, and
has become one of racing's most popular horses with victories in
California, Florida, and three times in New York. Lost in the Fog
comes into the Breeders' Cup off a 7 ¾ length victory in
the Bay Meadows Speed Handicap on Oct. 1. Among the challengers
slated to face Lost in the Fog are Vosburgh winner Taste of Paradise
and Pomeroy, who won the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.
Starlight Stables, Paul Saylor and Johns Martin have pre-entered
the 4-year-old filly Ashado to defend her title in the $2 million
Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff at 1 1/8 miles. Along with
Ashado, defending champions Better Talk Now, Ouija Board and Singletary
also have been pre-entered. If all four start, it will be the first
time since 1993 (Paseana, Lure, Thirty Slews and Fraise) that four
defending champions have run on a Breeders' Cup Day.
Ashado is trained by Todd Pletcher, last year's Eclipse Award
winning trainer and the leader among all trainers in purses this
year with more than $14 million in total earnings. Ashado gave Pletcher
his first Breeders' Cup victory when she captured the Distaff last
year at Lone Star Park. This year, Ashado has won three Grade I
stakes races - the Ogden Phipps, the Go for Wand, and most recently
the Beldame at Belmont Park. She has been ridden in all her starts
this year by John Velazquez, who leads all jockeys in purses won
in 2005 with more than $19 million. Should Ashado finish first or
second in the Distaff, she will pass Azeri and become North America's
all-time leading female money earner. Challenging Ashado in the
Distaff is Stewart Madison's Happy Ticket, the Southwest flash who
was a fast closing second in the Beldame, and Godolphin Racing's
Stellar Jayne, third in last year's Distaff, and winner of her last
two starts for new trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Singletary shocked last year's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile with
a half-length victory at odds of 16-1 for Little Red Feather Racing.
The 5-year-old, trained by Don Chatlos, returns to the $1.5 million
Mile following a win in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa
Anita earlier this month. But a repeat win will be a formidable
task against the likes of Stud TNT's Leroidesanimaux, which translates
to "King of the Animals." Trained by Bobby Frankel, the
5-year-old Leroidesanimaux has won all three of his starts this
year, most recently the Atto Mile at Woodbine by nearly eight lengths.
Timber Bay Farm and Mrs. Thomas Walsh's Artie Schiller, who finished
third as the favorite in last year's Mile, and winner of this year's
Bernard Baruch at Saratoga, also has been pre-entered.
The $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 ½ miles
appears to have one of its strongest pre-entered fields in years.
European standouts H H the Aga Khan's Azamour, winner of the King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and English Derby winner
Motivator for the Royal Ascot Racing Club lead the group. Defending
Turf champion Better Talk Now and Dell Ridge Farm and William Schettine's
Shakespeare lead the American contingent. Owned by Bushwood Stables
and trained by Graham Motion, Better Talk Now has won the U.N. Handicap
at Monmouth and the Man o' War Stakes at Belmont this year. The
4-year-old Shakespeare, trained by Bill Mott, is unbeaten in five
career starts, most recently winning the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
The $1 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare
Turf at 1 ¼ miles offers a showdown between Lord Derby's
defending champion 4-year-old filly Ouija Board and Michael Bello's
Megahertz. Trained by Ed Dunlop, Ouija Board won an Eclipse Award
in 2004 and also was acclaimed the European Horse of the Year. This
year, however, she was sidelined with injuries over the summer,
but came back to win the Princess Royal John Doyle Stakes at Newmarket
on Sept. 24. The tough 6-year-old mare Megahertz has won four of
five starts this year for trainer Bobby Frankel, including the Yellow
Ribbon Stakes earlier this month at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita
First Samurai leads the group of 2-year-olds pre-entered for the
$1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles.
Owned by Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III, and trained by
Frank Brothers, First Samurai has won all four of his starts, including
the Hopeful at Saratoga and the Champagne Stakes at Belmont on Oct.
8. First Samurai will be challenged by Merv Griffin's Stevie Wonderboy,
winner of the Del Mar Futurity. Also pre-entered is the Mike McCarty-owned
and Steve Asmussen-trained Private Vow, a nine-length winner of
the Futurity at Belmont.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has won the $1 million Alberto VO5 Breeders'
Cup Juvenile Fillies a record four times. He might have a fifth
winner in Bob and Beverly Lewis' Folklore, who captured the Matron
Stakes at Belmont by 14 lengths. But Lukas protégé
Todd Pletcher may have the favorite for the 1 1/16 mile race in
Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier's Adieu, who defeated Folklore in
the Spinaway at Saratoga and then won the Frizette at Belmont Park.
DOWN THE STRETCH - Friday night's Heineken
"Party at the Park" will feature country music by The
Steve Tenpenny Band. Meanwhile, 1970s and '80s classic rock from
Double Ace will be performed between races Saturday. The Heineken
"Party at the Park" series continues every Friday and
Saturday through Oct. 29 with live music and drink specials in the
Courtyard of Champions from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m...The purse for the
Oct. 29 Graham Paint Futurity final on Oct. 29 will be $209,197.
Fastest qualifier and Grade 1 winner Got Country Grip is the horse