10/18/2005 11:00PM

Mighty Invictus has shot at first stakes win


Mighty Invictus, who has qualified for six Grade 1 events, is well positioned for his first stakes win in the Grade 1, $147,000 Dash for Cash Derby on Friday night at Lone Star Park.

Mighty Invictus became a prominent member of his division early in his juvenile season last year when he finished fourth in the Grade 1 Remington Park Futurity. He followed with a sixth in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and a fourth in the Grade 1 All American Futurity. Before that race, he set the All American Futurity's fastest qualifying time of 21.41 seconds for 440 yards while defeating eventual All American winner DM Shicago.

This summer, Mighty Invictus returned to Ruidoso Downs and finished third in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby and fourth in the Grade 1 Rainbow and All American derbies.

In his first start at Lone Star Park, he won his 440-yard Dash for Cash Derby trial in 21.724 seconds, the third-fastest qualifying time.

Fastest qualifier First Comment won his trial in 21.546 seconds. He came into the trials off a second in the Grade 2 Sam Houston Derby.

Second-fastest qualifier Winners Award, second to First Comment in their trial, was the fastest qualifier and 7-5 favorite in the Ruidoso Derby, finishing sixth in the finals after stumbling at the start.

Make a Secret fastest again

Make a Secret comes into the Grade 1, $345,000 Dash for Cash Futurity on Saturday night at Lone Star Park as the fastest qualifier, the same qualifying position he held in the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity.

Make a Secret has won 3 of his last 4 starts, with a fourth in the All American Futurity. His first win during this streak was a neck victory as a maiden in the Grade 2 Firecracker Futurity. He won his Dash for Cash trial in 19.579 seconds for 400 yards.

The second-fastest qualifier, All American Winner, has won 4 of his last 5 starts, including the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity two starts ago.

Racing Zone will be making his first stakes appearance after winning each of his five starts, including a 19.919-second trial victory.

All American winner returns

All American Futurity winner Teller Cartel makes his first start since that race in the trials to the Grade 1, $1,145,000 Golden State Million on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

Teller Cartel won his maiden when he raced through a driving rainstorm on Labor Day to win the $1 million All American by a neck as a 17-1 longshot. He came into the All American with three seconds and a third in his All American trial.

Meeting Teller Cartel in the first of 12 trials is Ed Burke Million winner Higher Fire, trying to take a step toward winning the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza. It is paid to the connections of any horse who can win the track's three $1 million races - the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million, and Los Alamitos Million. Higher Fire won the Ed Burke Million by three-quarters of a length.

Ocean Runaway tops trials

Ocean Runaway, the champion 2-year-old of 2004, goes for his eighth straight win at Los Alamitos in the trials to the Grade 1, $638,000-estimated Los Alamitos Super Derby on Saturday night.

Ocean Runaway became the only Quarter Horse to win two $1 million races when he won the Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Million to secure his championship title. This summer, he was second in the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs, then returned to Los Alamitos to win the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby as the 3-10 favorite.

Also in the derby trials are Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner One More Habit, Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby winner Dutch Schultz, and Apollitical Time, winner of 7 of 8 starts this year.