|Eight Straight for Si Puede; Filly
Advances to Nov. 25 Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park
(Friday, November 11, 2005) - Si Puede defeated Dash For
Cash Derby winner Mighty Invictus by three-quarters of a length
Friday night at Lone Star Park for her eighth consecutive victory,
and qualified to the Grade 1, $332,869 Texas Classic Derby on Nov.
Four 440-yard trials races for the Derby were held Friday and 3-year-olds
with the 10 fastest times advanced to the final, which features
a $148,127 first prize. Jim Crouch's Heza Native Man posted the
fastest time with a clocking of :21.589, but Si Puede stole the
Under jockey Jose Vega in the final heat, the Sam Houston Derby
and Rheudasil Handicap winner broke alertly from post No. 3 and
kicked well clear of her eight rivals in the early stages of the
race. She drifted to the middle of the racetrack, well clear of
any rival, and held off the late run by Mighty Invictus. Her time
of :21.728 ranked third among the 33 three-year-olds.
"She's one in a million," said Dave Correll, who trains
the 3-year-old filly for owner-breeder Lukin Gilliand of San Antonio.
"You can a long time for one like her. You've got to take advantage
of one like her when you get 'em."
Si Puede, who paid $4 to win, has now won 11 of 16 starts and $173,440.
The complete list of qualifiers (with time): Heza Native Man (:21.589);
First Comment (:21.682); Si Puede (:21.728); Suprisingly Special
(:21.758); Astrikingresemblance (:21.800); Streakin South Tong (:21.840);
Winners Award (:21.879); Mighty Invictus (:21.891); Sizzlin Red
Corona (:21.934); and Net Sum Gain (:22.001).
Earlier on the program, Sarahs Fast Man rolled 400 yards in :19.97
and defeated Rustys Flyer by a neck in the Grade 3, $20,000 6666
Ranch Handicap. Sir Chickaroid was third.
Sarahs Fast Man, a 4-year-old Heza Fast Man gelding, paid $4.60
to win as the 6-5 favorite in the field of six 3-year-olds and up.
"I knew that if he got a clean break, he'd be real tough,"
said Roy Baldilliez, who rode the winner for trainer "Sleepy"
Gilbreath and owners Darrell and Kenneth Powell. "He did just
that. About halfway home, the other two had about a half-length
on us. He's just so big it takes him a few strides to really get
moving. But he really kicked on from there and ran a super race."
It was the second win of the Lone Star meet for Sarahs Fast Man
and fifth overall in 16 career starts. The $12,600 winner's share
of the purse boosted the Texas-bred's earnings to $76,365. Earlier
in the year, he also was victorious in the Grade 3 Higheasterjet
Handicap at New Mexico's Ruidoso Downs.
Thirteen trial races for the $1 million-estimated Texas Classic
Futurity highlight Saturday's live racing at Lone Star. The final
- annually the richest horse race in Texas - is scheduled for Saturday,
Nov. 26 on closing weekend.
Heading the trial entries is Grade 1, $310,700 Dash For Cash Futurity
champ All American Winner, who goes postward in Race 5. In the Dash
For Cash, All American Winner - a bargain $3,700 yearling buy for
owners Jason Eberle and Rosendo Guzman of Donna, Texas - dashed
400 yards in :19.78 for his sixth win from 11 starts and second
Grade 1 victory of the year.
Also entered in the trials are Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity
winner Eyesa Shaker (Race 2); restricted Grade 1 TQHA Sale Futurity
and Grade 2 Manor Downs Futurity winner Silver Gol (Race 11); Grade
2 Valley Junction Futurity hero JA Fast Lady (Race 7); restricted
Grade 2 Lazy E Futurity winner PYC Paint Your Wagon (Race 13); All
American Futurity third Brindis Por Cayenne (Race 4); All American
Futurity eighth Jess a Classy Lad (Race 3); All American Futurity
10th Vodka On Ice (Race 7); and undefeated Automatically, a perfect
2-for-2 from the Heath Taylor barn (Race 2).