10/04/2005 11:00PM

Mighty Invictus goes for elusive stakes win at Lone Star

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Mighty Invictus is the top 3-year-old colt in the country who does not have a stakes win. He will try taking a step toward rectifying that when he starts in the trials to the Grade 1, $150,000-estimated Dash for Cash Derby on Friday night at Lone Star Park.

On Saturday night, Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity winner All American Winner heads a deep group of juveniles in the trials to the Grade 1, $450,000 Dash for Cash Futurity.

Mighty Invictus has been a Grade 1 stalwart for hall of fame trainer Jack Brooks, qualifying to the finals of six Grade 1 races, including earning fastest-qualifier status to the 2004 $2 million All American Futurity. In each of those Grade 1 finals, he was sent off at odds of less than 6-1.

In 2004, Mighty Invictus ran fifth in the Rainbow Futurity and sixth in the All American Futurity. This summer he was third in the Ruidoso Derby and fourth in the Rainbow and All American derbies. In each derby he lost to DM Shicago, only the third horse to sweep the three derbies.

Also in the Dash for Cash Derby trials are Grade 3 East Juvenile winner First Comment and Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity runner-up Bigtime Favorite.

Dash for Cash Futurity hopeful All American Winner won a Grade 1 futurity in early September - the Sam Houston Futurity, not the All American Futurity his name predicted. In the Sam Houston Futurity, his most recent start, he broke on top and won by three-quarters of a length in a sharp 19.79 seconds for 400 yards.

Retama Park Futurity winner Jess Genuine, second in the Sam Houston Futurity, returns in the Dash for Cash trials. He won four straight races coming into the Sam Houston Futurity, including his half-length win in the Grade 1 Retama Park Futurity.

Also in the Dash for Cash Futurity trials are Grade 2 Remington Park Futurity winner Crater Lake and the All American Futurity fastest-qualifier Make a Secret, who finished fourth in the $1.9 million finals.

The 440-yard Dash for Cash Derby is on Oct. 22, and the 400-yard Dash for Cash Futurity is on Oct. 23.

Kansas Futurity at Woodlands

Remington Park Futurity third-place finisher Crazy About Corona goes for her third win in four starts in the Grade 2, $97,464 Kansas Futurity at The Woodlands on Saturday night.

Crazy About Corona led all qualifiers from four trials on Sept. 24, winning by three-quarters of a length in 17.933 seconds for 350 yards on a muddy track.

Also on Saturday, Fly With It comes into the Grade 3, $50,344 Kansas Derby after winning two straight races, including his 400-yard trial in 20.180 seconds - the fastest qualifying time.

He will face Grade 2 Mile High Futurity winner You Betcha Can and 2004 Kansas Futurity runner-up Ice Dreams.

Shake the Dice in Hyland

The consistent Shake the Dice, coming off a second in the Grade 3 Bull Rastus Handicap, is after his first 2005 win in the Grade 3, $35,000 Pat Hyland Handicap over 870 yards at Los Alamitos on Saturday night.

Shake the Dice held the lead in the Bull Rastus before giving way to the Thoroughbred Lords Table in the stretch. Shake the Dice, who has made three starts this year, was also second in an allowance race. Last year, he finished on the board in 9 of 10 starts, including seconds in the Grade 3 Gold Rush Derby and the Grade 3 Catalina Derby.

Facing Shake the Dice are Santa Rosa Marathon winner JM Larrys Legacy and Oak Canyon, winner of two 870-yard stakes in 2004.