10/06/2011 3:51PM

Lone Star: Filly seeks seventh in a row in Dash for Cash Futurity


There are faster qualifiers than Texasindependencegal in Saturday night’s Grade 1, $414,045 Dash for Cash Quarter Horse Futurity at Lone Star Park, but no runner has flashier form. She will be seeking her seventh consecutive win when she starts in the 400-yard race that will share a card with the Grade 2, $153,300 Dash for Cash Derby.

Texasindependencegal set the third fastest qualifying time for the Dash for Cash when she won her Sept. 24 trial in 19.54 seconds, her time trailing Sixes Streak (19.30) and Fleet Elis (19.48). But the win was notable because it improved Texasindependencegal’s record in her initial season of racing to 7 for 8.

“Where she beats so many horses is about the third jump,” said Toby Keeton, who trains Texasindependancegal. “She just drops and rebreaks. She’s awesome away from there.”

Keeton said Texasindependencegal, whose streak began in an allowance at Sam Houston in May, also has a mental and physical maturity that has worked to her advantage.

“She’s a big, stout filly,” he said. “And she’s very quiet. She looks after herself all the time.”

Texasindependencegal can move forward off her last start. The trial, in which she drifted late, was her first race since a July win in the $50,000 TQHA Futurity.

“She got a little tired the other night,” Keeton said. “That’s the longest layoff she’s ever had.”

Augustin Silva has the mount for Leonard Lyne.

In the Dash for Cash Derby, the horse to beat is Zoomandkicken. He romped by two lengths in his Sept. 23 trial, when he ran 440 yards in a fastest-qualifying time of 21.17 seconds.

“He ran a big race,” said Trey Wood, who trains Zoomandkicken. “We were kind of skeptical [going in] because he’d never ran under the lights and it can have an effect on some horses. But he left there on top and he ran a perfect race. I don’t think you could ask for much more.”

Wood, 23, is winning with 40 percent of his starters at Lone Star, where he has captured the last two training titles. He has given the mount on Zoomandkicken to Ricky Ramirez.

◗ Martha Claussen, a Q-Racing Ace with the fan education arm of the American Quarter Horse Association, will lead a handicapping seminar Saturday that starts at 5:30 p.m. After the half-hour session, she will be part of a panel that will answer racing questions and distribute $2 betting vouchers.