Lone Star Features Dash For Cash Doubleheader

Lone Star hosts Dash For Cash doubleheader on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal
October 4, 2013

Richard Scott’s homebred Her O Don Won tries for a breakout stakes win in the $454,350 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1), while All American Derby (G1) finalist Louisana Corona leads the qualifiers to the $161,500 Dash For Cash Derby (G2) during a intriguing stakes doubleheader at Lone Star Park on Saturday night.

Her O Don Won (Valiant Hero-Miss Shivers by Feature Mr Jess) showed he could be a strong force for trainer Russell Harris when he broke his maiden with the fastest-qualifying time from 13 trials for the 400-yard Dash For Cash Futurity. The gelding was winless in three trials to the Grade 1 futurities at Ruidoso Downs this summer, however found his winning form at Lone Star Park. He scored by a half length over third-fastest qualifier J Bar (Jess Zoomin-The Jubilee Diamond by Runaway Winner) with a :19.570 time, while J Bar raced to a :19.633 mark.

From his three Ruidoso Downs trial starts, Her O Don Won was second in his Rainbow Futurity trial and third behind the day’s fastest-qualifier Hes Relentless and eventual $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash in his All American Futurity trial.

Jerry Windham’s homebred J Bar won his Rainbow Futurity trial and All American Futurity trial for trainer Mike Joiner before finishing second to Her O Don Won in the Dash For Cash trial.

Crowson Racing’s Thrill Me Baby (Mr Jess Perry-The Creole Queen by First Down Dash) also qualified for her first futurity after racing this summer at Ruidoso Downs. She overcame a bump at the start of her Dash For Cash trial to score by a length with the second-fastest time of :19.633. At Ruidoso, she won her maiden at first asking and then finished off the board with troubled trips in her Rainbow and All American Futurity trials.

In the Dash For Cash Derby, Jason Richards’ and Michael Leblanc’s Louisana Corona (Jess Louisiana Blue-Corona Cash by First Down Dash) returned after a trouble-laden trip in the All American Derby to score a game head win with the fastest time of :21.278 for 440 yards from five trials. Runner-up Secret Courage (Captain Courage-Secretively by Special Leader) checked in with the second-fastest time of :21.288.

Louisana Corona won her maiden for trainer Luis Villafranco back in March at Remington Park and has steadily developed since that win. She capped her Remington Park campaign with a third-place finish against Oklahoma-breds in the Jack Brooks Stakes (G3). She then won her All American Derby trial by a neck in her next start over eventual All American Derby winner Feature Hero.

Francisco Acevedo’s Secret Courage is looking for his second graded stakes win since winning the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at 22-1 odds by a neck over Hobbs America Futurity winner A Dream To Remember. Secret Courage was making his stakes debut in the Southwest Juvenile Championship after racing to a maiden win in four previous outs.

This year, Secret Courage won his West Texas Derby trial and qualified for the finals, finishing fifth.