10/14/2003 11:00PM

Helzer has potential for Lone Star sweep


Owner Jim Helzer, with three dangerous qualifiers, could sweep the two Grade 1 stakes at Lone Star Park this weekend - the $393,120 Dash for Cash Futurity and the $191,300 Dash for Cash Derby.

In Friday's talent-laden Dash for Cash Derby, Helzer has the second- and third-fastest qualifiers, Sno Me and Dazzling Reflection, who is owned in partnership with his wife, Marilyn. They will race as an entry. In Saturday's Dash for Cash Futurity, the Helzers are represented by the fastest qualifier, Hadtobenuts.

The Helzer-owned horses in the 440-yard derby are both trained by Dwayne Gilbreath.

Snow Me, a qualifier to the Grade 1 All American Derby, rolled to a 1 1/4-length trial win in 21.619 seconds for the 440 yards, the second-fastest qualifying mark.

Dashing Reflection had the third-quickest qualifying time (21.631 seconds) when he finished second in his trial behind the fastest qualifier, Oak Tree Special.

Oak Tree Special is one of four Grade 1 winners in the Dash for Cash Derby field. The others are Silvered Eyes, Snow Big Deal, and Outdashing.

Oak Tree Special, from the Bobby Martinez stable, could be the derby favorite on the strength of two career Grade 1 wins - the TQHA Sale Futurity and the Retama Park Derby - and setting the fastest qualifying time for the Dash for Cash Derby (440 yards in 21.550 seconds).

Silvered Eyes won last year's Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity and this year's Grade 1 Rainbow Derby. He won his Dash for Cash Derby trial in 21.649 seconds, the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

Snow Big Deal, owned by IV in Texas Racing, set a Ruidoso Downs 440-yard track record (20.946 seconds) winning the Grade 1, $699,017 All American Derby on Aug. 31.

Outdashing won the Grade 1 Remington Park Futurity last year.

While Helzer has only one horse in the Dash for Cash Futurity, Hadtobenuts, it may be his best chance for a Grade 1 win this weekend. Hadtobenuts, trained by Heath Taylor, has won two of four starts and the Dash for Cash Futurity is his first futurity final.

Hadtobenuts won a maiden race in his second career start with a 300-yard win in a sharp 15.48 seconds at Sam Houston Race Park on July 12. Helzer had enough faith in Hadtobenuts after that 3 1/2-length maiden score to pay the $50,000 supplemental fee to gain entry in the All American Futurity trials. The colt disappointed his connections and did not qualify for the All American after finishing fourth in his trial.

Hadtobenuts rebounded by winning his Dash for Cash Futurity trial by 1 3/4 lengths with the fastest time (19.843 seconds for 400 yards) from 12 trials contested on Oct. 4.