Secrets Fly Leads Harrah's Futurity

Secrets Fly looks for a win in Harrah's Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
March 21, 2013

Cynthia Allen’s fastest-qualifier Secrets Fly looks to start the Louisiana open futurity season with a win as the fastest qualifier to the $191,500 Harrah’s Futurity (G3) on Saturday afternoon at Louisiana Downs.

Supporting the Harrah’s Futurity is Sparrow Contender, shooting for his fourth straight win in the $20,000 Streakin La Jolla Stakes for older horses over 400 yards.

Secrets Fly (No Secrets Here-Once Upon A Fly by Strawfly Special) was expected to win his trial with his 2-1 odds, and came through with a one-half-length win. The gelding was timed in :15.550 for the 300 yards to lead the five trials. The Vann Haywood-trained gelding earned his trial favoritism with a bullet work from five horses working 220 yards on February 8 at Louisiana Downs.

Victor Silva’s Bux For Bricks (Zoomin For Bux-Brick House Blonde by First Wrangler) also impressed in the trials with a one-half-length win, with the second-fastest qualifying time of :15.564. The filly stood out during works on February 1 at Retama Park when she posted the fastest drill from 55 horses to work 250 yards.

Oscar Canales Ramirez and Isidro Flores’ Separatist Firstdown (Separatist-Shesa Firstdown Jess by First Down Dash) also came through in his first start with a length win and the third-fastest time of :15.576. The Isidro Flores-trained colt went to the front and steadily increased his advantage through the trial.

In the Streakin La Jolla Stakes, Israel Soliz Jr.’s Sparrow Contender (Contend-Taint Special by Streakin Six) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite to score his fourth-straight win and third-consecutive stakes victory. He won an allowance race at Lone Star Park and then moved to Louisiana Downs to take the Harrah’s Dash by a neck and then the Swift Stakes by just a nose.

Jose Luis Salazar’s Bertha Venation (Corona Caliente-Dash To Glory by Texigo Star) will be dangerous after winning four of her latest five starts with her only setback a troubled run in the Zia Park Championship (G1). She came off a two-month breather following the Zia Park Championship to win a 330-yard allowance race at Louisiana Downs.

The winner of three straight minor stakes last summer, Bertha Venation has won nine of 23 starts with four seconds and a pair of thirds.