06/30/2008 11:00PM

Fast Prize Zoom back in Rainbow trials


World-record holder Fast Prize Zoom makes her first appearance since her record-setting run in the Grade 1, $300,000 West Texas Futurity when she starts in the ninth of 14 trials to the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity on Thursday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The juveniles with the 10 fastest times from the 400-yard trials qualify for the finals on July 20.

Fast Prize Zoom has defined precocity in her two starts, by setting 300-yard world records in each of those Sunland Park races. The Wes Giles-trained filly made her career debut in the West Texas Futurity trials, topping the qualifiers with a world-record time of 14.870 seconds while the flag was limp in the infield. There was a tailwind for the finals when she was timed in 14.678 seconds for her second world record in as many starts.

While Fast Prize Zoom will undoubtedly be favored in the trial, she does have creditable competition.

Inseperable is one of the top 2-year-old prospects in the barn of six-time defending national champion Paul Jones. Inseperable was scratched after being fractious in the gate during the Ruidoso Futurity trials, but rebounded in a 350-yard maiden race. He broke well and went on to win by three-quarters of a length in 17.483 seconds.

Jones also will be represented by Ruidoso Juvenile winner PB and Crackers in the fifth trial. The gelding scored his first win in his second start when he rallied to win the 350-yard Juvenile by a neck.

The sixth trial pits Grade 1, $1 million Heritage Place Futurity winner Stolis Winner against Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity runner-up Miss Lena Perry.

Stolis Winner, a 25-1 outsider, won the Heritage Place Futurity to lead a 1-2-3 sweep by horses from the Heath Taylor barn. He won by a half-length for his third win from four starts.

Miss Lena Perry finished second in the Ruidoso Futurity as a 16-1 longshot. She was three-quarters of a length behind Jess Significant, who is passing the Rainbow Futurity to point at the All American Futurity.

All American top two in derby trials

The champion Heartswideopen and SF Royal Bank, the top two finishers in last year's Grade 1, $2 million All American Futurity, highlight the four trials to the Grade 1, $446,000 Rainbow Derby on Friday at Ruidoso Downs.

The derby, with the 10 fastest horses from the trials, will be held July 19.

Heartswideopen, in the first trial, has been sensational with 8 wins from 9 career starts and earnings of $1,479,506. She returned from knee surgery in the 400-yard Ruidoso Derby trials on May 24 to win by an expanding half-length in 19.628 seconds, the fastest qualifying time. Last year, she won the All American Futurity by a neck over SF Royal Bank and set a stakes record in the Ruidoso Futurity to be named champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old filly.

SF Royal Bank, in the third trial, impressed by holding the lead in the All American Futurity until being caught by Heartswideopen. He was rested after that Labor Day race and made his 2008 debut in a Ruidoso Downs allowance race on May 31, easily winning by a half-length.

Meeting SF Royal Bank in the trial is Strong Hope. He finished eighth in the All American Futurity and was second at 13-1 odds behind Heartswideopen in the Ruidoso Derby.

Lassie O Toole tops futurity

Lassie O Toole is positioned for her first stakes win as the fastest qualifier to the Grade 1, $236,000 Firecracker Futurity on Saturday night at Delta Downs.

The filly raced to her second win from three starts when she won the first of four trials by one length in 17.617 seconds for 350 yards.

SR Superstar raced to his third straight win when he won his trial by three-quarters of a length in 17.618, narrowly missing fastest-qualifier honors. He was third in the Grade 2 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity before starting his current winning streak.

The Grade 2, $93,700 Firecracker Derby shares the Saturday night card and features Goodnews Gran and Zazoom, two Heath Taylor trainees who share the fastest qualifying time of 19.949 seconds for 400 yards.

Goodnews Gran was a close third in his career debut and has won three straight well-spaced races. He closed his juvenile campaign with a win in his All American Futurity trial over White or Wrong, who went on to win the All American Juvenile. He then returned after a winter's rest to win his Firecracker Derby trial by a neck.

Zazoom is on a three-race winning streak, capped by his half-length derby trial win.