|Silvered Eyes Triumphs in Dash For Cash Futurity
(Saturday, October 19, 2002) - Silvered Eyes, a flashy gray
2-year-old Texas-bred gelding, powered home in the stretch to win
Saturday’s Grade 1, $407,520 Dash For Cash Futurity before
a crowd of 5,777 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The convincing neck victory over 7-5 favorite Eye Opening Episode
gave legendary American Quarter Horse trainer Jack Brooks the first
single-year sweep of both the Dash For Cash Futurity and Derby.
On Friday night, his 3-year-old filly First Regards bagged the Grade
1, $149,700 Derby.
“That really tickles a man,” Brooks, 66, said. “I’m
telling you, that’s hard to do. To win a Grade 1 any time
is tough, but to win two like this, it’s really great.”
Silvered Eyes, the 5-1 third wagering choice in the field of 10
two-year-olds, ran the 400 yards over a “muddy” strip
in :19.54 – a stakes record for the six-year-old race and
the second-fastest 400 yards in Lone Star Park history (second only
to Eyesa Special’s :19.48 in the 2000 Texas Classic Futurity).
The time was good for a Speed Index of 102.
Eye Opening Episode broke quick from the gate and had a 1 ½-length
lead over his nearest rival at the first call. Silvered Eyes, toting
122 pounds with Jacky Martin in the irons, broke in seventh position,
but overcame the slow start to explode in the stretch for the win.
“I was ready confident 100 yards after leaving the gate,”
Martin said. “My horse slipped and I think he grabbed a quarter,
and looking at him after the race, it looks like he did. But he
was running. [Eye Opening Episode] must have been in front us by
two lengths, but my horse was really running. About 100 yards from
the wire, he shifted gears. I was pretty confident we’d run
[Eye Opening Episode] down. We went by him really easy. Silvered
Eyes can run anybody down and tonight he really showed it. He really
ran those last 200 yards.”
“Down the middle of the racetrack, I never thought he’d
get there,” Brooks said. “But I know Jacky Martin, and
if he’s on a horse that was live like this one, you never
know. Jacky took dead aim. He’s quite a rider and made this
horse come on. He sure pushed him and got him there.”
Silvered Eyes, fourth in the $1.8 million All American Futurity
on Labor Day, collected his first stakes win and third victory in
seven starts. It also was the first Grade 1 stakes win for 69-year-old
owner Don Hill of Moore, Okla., a 20-year veteran of American Quarter
“Jacky told us the first time he rode him to wait until we
stretched him out,” said Hill, who works in the plumbing,
heating and air conditioning business. “This was great!”
The $163,008 winner’s share of the purse boosted Silvered
Eyes’ earnings to $258,252. He paid $12.60 to win.
Runner-up Eye Opening Episode finished one length ahead of third-place
finisher Manets Sixmoon Zoom. Moon Shake, Apollos Ten Bears, Snow
Big Deal, Your Cash Treat, Storybook Lover, The Key to the Bank
and 2-1 second betting choice Lipstick Memories completed the order
For the sixth time in as many years, the fastest qualifier to the
lucrative race (Lipstick Memories) has failed to win the final.
Earlier on the card, favored Red Dog Leader won the $45,280 Dash
For Cash Futurity Consolation by a half-length over Eye N the Dream
in :19.68 (a Speed Index of 98). Juan Vazquez rode the winner for
owners Bobby Cox and John Buchanan. The latter also trains the Texas-bred
“’The Dog’ finally ran like we thought he could,”