11/30/2006 1:00AM

Bleeding incident sends Ivory James to Zia Park


Trainer John Buchanan saddled four of the five fastest qualifiers for the Grade 1, $1,053,912 Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park, to be run on Saturday night, but his fastest qualifier, Ivory James, will instead race in the Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park on Sunday.

The Buchanan qualifiers set to run in the Texas Classic are Dont Let Down, Riddick, and City Class.

Ivory James was declined entry in the Texas Classic after bleeding through Lasix in his trial - which categorizes him as a second-time bleeder in Texas - and can't race in Texas for 30 days, according to Lone Star racing secretary Mike Shamburg. In the test barn after his trial victory, Texas state veterinarian Dr. Ron Browning discovered blood in Ivory James's nostrils.

Attorneys for owners Bobby Cox and Sylvia Pittman argued before the 201st District Court in Austin on Tuesday that he shouldn't be considered a second-time bleeder, but they were denied a request for a temporary restraining order to allow their horse to run in the Texas Classic.

Ivory James won his Texas Classic trial by 1 1/4 lengths in 19.796 seconds, the fastest time from six trials.

"He didn't run like a horse that bled," said Buchanan. "He did great in his trial, was great the next morning, and is doing great now. We had been invited to run in the Southwest Juvenile before we qualified for the Texas Classic and it's a privilege to run there."

State racing officials in New Mexico are aware of the situation. Ivory James is eligible to race in New Mexico, according to Zia Park racing secretary Tom Davis.

Buchanan still has a dangerous threesome in the Texas Classic.

Dont Let Down has won 6 of 10 starts and finished third in both the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity and the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity. The colt is riding a three-race winning streak, highlighted by a half-length win in the Dash for Cash Futurity at Lone Star as the 3-5 favorite.

Riddick scored a 22-1 upset win in his Texas Classic Futurity trial, winning by a neck over Valiant Hero. Riddick has the second-fastest time of 19.811 seconds and Valiant Hero is the third-fastest qualifier.

City Class won his maiden two starts ago and then won his Texas Classic trial in 19.896 seconds, the fourth-fastest time.

"All of the horses are doing well," said Buchanan. "I hope they run their races. Something may jump up and beat them, but I like our chances."

'Wagon' back in top form

Two-time Grade 1 winner PYC Paint Your Wagon has regained his top form just in time for the Grade 1, $318,593 Dash for Cash Derby at Lone Star Park on Saturday night, setting the fastest-qualifying time in the trials.

The defending Lone Star Park horse of the meet, PYC Paint Your Wagon raced 440 yards in 21.502 seconds to lead five qualifiers from the second of three trials.

PYC Paint Your Wagon won the 2005 Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity and the 2006 Grade 1 Heritage Place Derby before going winless in his three starts prior to his Texas Classic Derby trial victory. He has finished on the board in 11 of 14 starts, with 6 wins, while earning $679,307.

Also in the derby are 2005 All American Futurity third-place finisher Brindis Por Cayenne, 2005 Gold and Silver Cup Futurity winner This Candys Red Hot, and Opelousas Stakes winner Sin Tacha Perry.

Five Grade 1 winners at Zia

Two-time Grade 1 futurity winner Okey Dokey Fantasy leads five Grade 1 winners competing in the inaugural running of the $300,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship at 440 yards on Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

The other Grade 1 winners are Sam Houston Futurity winner Snowy Alibi, Rainbow Futurity winner Big Time Hero, West Texas Futurity winner Jess Destined, and Retama Futurity winner Zoomin for Bux.

Okey Dokey Fantasy has been nearly flawless during his long 2-year-old campaign, which began on March 4. He has won 9 of 10 starts with his sole defeat a lackluster last-place finish in the All American Futurity on a sloppy track.

Okey Dokey Fantasy won his first eight starts, including the Grade 1 Manor Downs Futurity, a dead-heat victory in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity, and the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity. He was given a 10-week breather after the All American Futurity on Labor Day and returned to win his trial to the Texas Classic Futurity despite stumbling badly at the start. His time was not fast enough to qualify for the futurity.

Snowy Alibi has won 5 of 7, highlighted by Grade 1 wins in the Sam Houston Futurity and the TQHA Sale Futurity. He impressed with a length win in the Sam Houston Futurity and then pushed his current winning streak to four races with a troubled win in his Dash for Cash Futurity trial.

Zoomin for Bux set a track record with his win in the Grade 1 Retama Park Futurity. He raced the 350 yards in 17.24 seconds for a three-quarter length victory.

Also entered are Grade 2 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship winner Remember Me Rose, two-time Grade 1 futurity runner-up Angelina Ballerina, Heritage Place Futurity runner-up Ivory James, Dash for Cash Futurity third-place finisher Jetin Chabis, and Grade 1 West Texas Futurity third-place finisher Eyesa Runner.