|Oak Tree Special Posts Big Win
in Dash For Cash Derby
(Friday, October 17, 2003)
- Oak Tree Special, the fastest qualifier to Saturday’s Grade
1, $191,300 Dash For Cash Derby, continued his winning ways in the
final with an authoritative three-quarter-length victory over 8-5
favorite Silvered Eyes in front of 5,240 fans at Lone Star Park
in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The 3-year-old son of Special Task, ridden by J.R. Ramirez, covered
440 yards on a fast track in :21.54, one-hundredth of a second quicker
than his qualifying time two weeks ago. Bobby Martinez trains the
winner for owner Raul Rubalcava of Wylie, Texas.
“I’m very happy about our horse,” said Rubalcava,
who ranks ninth nationally in victories this year. “He’s
the best horse I’ve got, and I’ve been buying horses
for 50 years.”
Oak Tree Special broke away from the nine horse field in sixth,
but ranged into contention midway down the straightaway and pulled
“That’s always been his trouble; he’s never gotten
away from the gates big,” Ramirez said. “Today, he just
kind of broke slow, not too fast but right there with them, and
he just loves the [440-yard] distance. He’s just a fantastic
horse. Midstretch you can just feel him; he hits another gear and
he goes on.”
Oak Tree Special, out of the Easy Dozen mare Easy Lady Oak, collected
his third Derby win of the year. He also was victorious in the Grade
1 Retama Park and Remington Park derbies.
He earned $76,520 for the triumph and increased his career bankroll
to $396,732. It was his 13th win in 19 starts, and eighth in 10
starts this year.
Oak Tree Special, who entered the week as the 10th-ranked horse
in the American Quarter Horse Association Racing Poll, paid $5.60
to win as the second wagering choice. Snow Me was another head back
of runner-up Silvered Eyes, last year’s Dash For Cash Futurity
winner who was vanned off after the race following signs of lameness
in his left front leg.
Dazzling Reflection, SLM Snowman, Snow Big Deal, Natural Task,
Royal Streakin and Dash On Line completed the order of finish. Outdashing
Earlier on the card, Go You Must, the longest shot in the field
at 42-1, set a stakes record en route to victory in the Grade 3,
$20,000 Rheudasil Handicap. The 4-year-old filly won the 350-yard
heat in :17.46, nosing out Storybook Lover in a very tight photo.
Juan Vasquez rode Go You Must for trainer John Buchanan and owner
Dr. Tommy Bullard of Bullard Farms.