06/08/2008 11:00PM

Asmussen takes both divisions of TTA Futurity


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Steve Asmussen swept both divisions of the $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on Saturday, when Lyin' Heart overcame trouble to win the colts and geldings division by 3 1/2 lengths and Bridesmaid edged stablemate Lightlightlight in the fillies division. The races were co-featured before a crowd of 14,914 at Lone Star Park.

Lyin' Heart ($10.80) broke last of all in his five-furlong division, quickly moved up around the turn, engulfed most of the field into the stretch, then overtook his coupled stablemates Belton, who finished second, and Justwill, who finished third.

"He lost his footing there for a second, and once he straightened up he immediately jumped right into the race just like a seasoned horse," said Quincy Hamilton, who rode Lyin' Heart. "The way that he ran through those horses and through the dirt, it seemed like he's been around there 20 times."

Lyin' Heart, who covered the distance in 58.41 seconds, is now undefeated in two starts. In his debut, he won a trial race for the TTA at Lone Star on May 23. Lyin' Heart is a son of Lion Heart and races for J. Kirk Robison.

Call West finished fourth to give Asmussen a sweep of the first four places in the TTA.

Earlier on the card, Bridesmaid gave Asmussen his eighth win in the fillies division of the TTA with her neck win. It was another six lengths back in third to Truly Lucky.

Bridesmaid ($14) raced several lengths off the pace early in the five-furlong race, as Judys Cure battled with three others through an opening quarter in 22.02 seconds. Bridesmaid emerged from behind horses entering the stretch, and joined up with leader Lightlightlight in the final furlong.

"It was a good horse race from then home," said Justin Shepherd, who rode Bridesmaid.

Bridesmaid, who covered the five furlongs in 58.63, won her maiden in the TTA after finishing second to Judys Cure in the trial for the race in her career debut May 22. Bridesmaid is a daughter of Valid Expectations and races for W.S. Farish.