02/15/2007 12:00AM

Can Dashing Pana get the distance?


It's difficult to comprehend a horse stretching out to race at 350 yards, but that's the situation the quick Dashing Pana faces when she starts in the $60,000 Party Girl Stakes for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares on Saturday at Louisiana Downs.

Dashing Pana comes off a win in the 330-yard Harrah's Distaff and was second by a nose in the 220-yard Evangeline Downs Dash three starts ago.

In the Harrah's Distaff, Dashing Pana reared in the gate before settling down and breaking with the leaders in the short sprint. She pulled away to win by three-quarters of a length with a 16.79-second time.

In the Evangeline Downs Dash, Dashing Pana was running faster than her rivals in the final strides, but came up a nose short at the wire.

While much of her success as been at the shortest Quarter Horse distances, she has done well at longer distances. In her latest three starts at 400 yards, each against restricted company, Dashing Pana has a win and two seconds.

Toast Butter has faced Dashing Pana twice in her last six starts and finished second to Dashing Pana in each race, once at 220 yards and again at 400 yards.

Toast Butter should be ready for the rematch after an impressive win over 350 yards at Louisiana Downs. She easily handled her statebred rivals while winning by 1o1/4 lengths.

Soft Summer Jess returns from a two-month freshening after finishing an uncharacteristic ninth in the Grade 2 Louisiana Champions Day Derby on Dec. 9. The 4-year-old Soft Summer Jess has finished on the board in 11 of her 13 races but has yet to win a stakes.

Pacific Coast board candidates

Eight horsemen have announced their candidacy for five open spots on the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association board of directors.

They are John Bobenreith, Kerry Bryan, Carol Cooper, Vince Genco, George Loeb, Dan Lucas, Rod Macpherson, and Charles Treece.

PCQHRA members must return their ballots by March 19.

Windham honored

Jerry Windham, a former president of the American Quarter Horse Association, was named the Texas Quarter Horse Association's breeder and stallion owner of the year.

Windham raced and stands the leading sire Runaway Winner and had four mares among the top Texas-accredited mares by money earned by their offspring in 2006. Those mares are Easy Dashin Flo, Winning Flo, Indigo Special, and Cashin Memories.

Quarter Horses earning TQHA honors were Bridled Lightning (2-year-old filly), Snowy Alibi (2-year-old gelding), Zoomin for Bux (2-year-old colt), Sheza Dashing Disco (3-year-old filly), Fly Corona Cat (3-year-old gelding), PYC Paint Your Wagon (3-year-old colt), This Snow Is Cold (aged mare), Strider Man (aged gelding), and La Jollaroid (aged stallion).

Ruidoso stall applications

Stall applications are available for the summer season at Ruidoso Downs, which begins on May 25 and runs through Labor Day, according to Tom Davis, the track's director of racing.

There will be separate stall applications for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, and the applications are due at Ruidoso Downs by March 25.

For addition information, contact Davis at (505) 378-7319 or tdavis@ruidosodownsracing.com.