Lone Star Park Opens with Dash For Cash Derby Trials

Mega Hero, Apollitical Scout are among the 69 3-year-olds entered.


Mega Hero, pictured here winning his Firecracker Derby trial, is one of 69 sophomores entered in Friday's Dash For Cash Derby trials at Lone Star Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Double H Racing Investments LLC’s Mega Hero, a stakes-winning son of Jet Black Patriot, is one of 69 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 440-yard Dash For Cash Derby (G3) trials at Lone Star Park.

Mega Hero will be making his first start since June 30, when the gelding scored a half-length victory as the 4-5 favorite in the 400-yard, $173,000 Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs. Mega Hero has won all four of his outs and has banked $123,648 this season.

Mega Hero drew post 9 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Saul Ramirez Jr. in the first of seven trials.

Apollitical Scout, a graded stakes winning daughter of Apollitical Jess owned by Preston and Karen Cloud of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, drew post 9 in the second heat. The filly is coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which she won the April 22, $305,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds and ran second, 1 3/4 lengths between winner Hold Air Hostage, in the June 3, $297,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2).

Cody Jensen will ride Apollitical Scout for trainer Clint Crawford.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $175,000-est. Dash For Cash Derby final on September 30.

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