10/15/2002 11:00PM

Dashin Prince Henry may get his derby

Email

Trainer Jack Brooks will be busy, saddling four of the 10 finalists, including fastest qualifier Dashin Prince Henry, in the Grade 1, $152,700 Dash for Cash Derby on Friday night at Lone Star Park.

The other Brooks-trained qualifiers to the 440-yard derby are Friday 123, First Regards, and Fit to Fly.

Jockey Jacky Martin, who rode each of the four Brooks qualifiers in the Oct. 4 trials, will ride Dashin Prince Henry in the finals.

Dashin Prince Henry won his 440-yard trial by a neck in 21.630 seconds.

"He really ran a big race," Brooks said of the win. "He's qualified for three derbies [Lazy E, Ruidoso, and Rainbow], but hasn't won one. Maybe this will be it."

Dashin Prince Henry's best derby effort was a third in the Grade 2 Ruidoso Derby.

Shining Sky, the 2001 champion 2-year-old gelding, finished in a dead heat for the win with Friday 123 in their trial. Shining Sky won two Grade 1 futurities last year, but is looking for his first 2002 stakes win.

Eye Opening Episode returns

Eye Opening Episode, the third-ranked juvenile in the American Quarter Horse Association poll, will make his first stakes appearance since narrowly losing the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity when he starts in the Grade 1, $410,895 Dash for Cash Futurity on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Eye Opening Episode made a late charge in the All American Futurity, but came up a head short and settled for second in the country's richest Quarter Horse race. That head margin cost Eye Opening Episode's connections the $731,850 difference between the $1,025,000 winner's share and $293,150 second-place check.

West Texas Futurity winner Eye Opening Episode qualified for the Dash for Cash Futurity with a three-length trial win in 19.923 seconds for 400 yards.

Silvered Eyes, fourth in the All American Futurity, won his Dash for Cash Futurity trial with the third-fastest time of 19.901 seconds for the 400 yards.

Fastest qualifier honors from the 13 trials on Oct. 5 went to Lipstick Memories, who won her maiden with a half-length win in 19.875 seconds.

It was Lipstick Memories's first win from four starts. She was third in the Grade 1, $345,000 Remington Park Futurity.

Check Him Out after a triple

Check Him Out, coming off a stakes-record win in the Grade 2, $117,000 PCQHRA Breeders Derby, takes a step to a possible third straight derby win in the trials for the Grade 1, $250,000 Los Alamitos Derby on Friday night.

Check Him Out also won the Grade 1, $207,800 Golden State Derby Aug. 17.

Also in the three 400-yard trials are Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner Panther Mountain and Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby winner Harley Man.

Meteoric makes Los Al debut

Meteoric, third-place finisher in the All American Futurity, makes his Los Alamitos debut in the trials for the Grade 1, $700,000-estimated Golden State Futurity on Saturday night.

Owned by Dutch Masters III, Meteoric won his first six starts before finishing third in the All American Futurity.