Make A Secret Fast Again in Dash For Cash Futurity Trials at Lone Star Park

(Saturday, October 8, 2005) - Make A Secret, the fastest qualifier to this year's All American Futurity, was the fastest of 87 two-year-old Quarter Horses that vied for 10 spots in the Grade 1, $345,300 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Make A Secret, ridden by Gilbert Ortiz and trained by Heath Taylor, ran 400 yards Saturday night over a fast track in :19.759. His victory came in the fifth race, which was one of nine trial races. The 10 fastest times earned a berth in the Oct. 22 final, which features a $124.308 first prize.

The finalists are Make A Secret (:19.759), All American Winner (:19.848), One Special Shade (:19.862), Ida Snow Man (:19.868), Shaken Easy Dash (:19.902), Cotton Nash (:19.908), Racing Zone (:19.919), Fast Results (:19.952), This Candys Red Hot (:19.959) and Sixes Glass (:19.966).

In his previous start, Make A Secret, owned by Southwest Racing Partners LLC, finished fourth as the favorite over a "muddy" surface in the $1.9 million All American Futurity final at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day. In July, the Raise a Secret gelding prevailed by a neck in the Grade 2 Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs. His victory Saturday improved his record to three wins in seven starts and earnings of $220,210.

Make A Secret is one of four stakes winners in the final. All American Winner, trained by Alex Villarreal, prevailed in the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity last month. This Candys Red Hot, a "Sleepy" Gilbreath trainee, is now 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, also trained by Gilbreath, was victorious in the Grade 3 Ford New Mexico Juvenile Challenge at Ruidoso in August.

Gilbreath qualified his third horse of the night when Racing Zone prevailed in the final trial. Since the first Dash For Cash Futurity in 1997, Gilbreath has qualified eight horses to the final, but he has yet to win the big prize.

Ortiz, the regular rider of Make A Secret, was transported to Methodist Hospital in Dallas following a freak accident in ninth race, the sixth trial. When his mount, Cotton Nash (also a Taylor trainee), crossed the finish line in second, the 2-year-old propped and attempted to jump the beam of light on the ground from the track's photo finish system. Ortiz was bucked and thrown hard to the ground after the wire. The loose horse did not fall and was retrieved by an outrider. His time of :19.908 ranked sixth on the night.

Ortiz, 42, was loaded onto an ambulance in a stretcher. He was conscious, had movement in all extremities and complained of pain in his head and neck, according to the on-site medical staff.

In November of 1999 at Lone Star, the native of Pleasanton, Texas was involved in a spill that caused two fractures in his back, a frontal skull fracture and a minor cervical spine fracture in his neck. Through surgery and rigorous rehabilitation, he returned to riding seven months later and was honored with the Gary Bridwell Courage Award presented by the Dallas All Sports Association. He later won back-to-back riding titles at Lone Star in 2000 and '01.

DOWN THE STRETCH - Attendance Saturday night was 4,215. The on-track live handle was $222,054 and total wagering nationwide on the 13-race program was $816,080...Horses that recorded times from No. 11-20 qualified to the $34,530 Dash For Cash Juvenile Stakes, also at 400 yards on Oct. 22. Those horses are Crater Lake (:19.968), Jess Genuine (:20.043), Copacorona Special (:20.054), Ima Flashy Runner (:20.059), Dashin B Easy (:20.063), Tantalizing Eyes (:20.064), Stealin Dreams (:20.078), Ima Ramblin Girl (:20.082), Sis B Gol (:20.111) and Beyond Riches (:20.134)...Live racing at Lone Star Park resumes Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program. Until then, Lone Star's Post Time Pavilion will be open for simulcast wagering Sunday, Monday and Tuesday...Simulcast highlights on Sunday include a pair of important steppingstones to the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup - the Grade I, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (Emirates Airline Distaff Division) and Grade II, $400,000 WinStar Galaxy (Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf Division). Both races are at Keeneland, where action begins at 12:15 p.m. CT...At Belmont Park on Sunday, fillies and mares will sprint 6 ½ furlongs in the Grade II, $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap. First post in New York is 12 p.m....Also on Sunday, there's a hefty $139,606 Pick 6 carryover at Bay Meadows. The first race is 2:45 p.m...Because of Columbus Day, there will be special holiday racing programs on Monday at Belmont Park (12 p.m. CT), Laurel Park (12:10 p.m. CT), Hawthorne (1:10 p.m. CT), Oak Tree at Santa Anita (2:30 p.m. CT) and Bay Meadows (2:45 p.m. CT). The Post Time Pavilion will open at 10:25 a.m. CT...The feature live events next week will be the $17,500 Red River Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 870 yards) and trials for the Grade 1, $200,000-estimated Graham Paint Futurity (2-year-old Paint Horses at 350 yards) on Friday night. Saturday's feature is the $20,000 Burnett Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 350 yards)...Friday night's Heineken "Party at the Park" will feature blues by The Silvertones. Meanwhile, country music from King Cone & The Tailgate Philharmonic 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..

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