07/05/2006 12:00AM

Okey Dokey Fantasy tries to stay undefeated


The undefeated Okey Dokey Fantasy and Saint Shackleton, the dead-heat winners of the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity, return to head the 16 trials to the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the trials qualify to run in the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity on July 23.

Okey Dokey Fantasy is undefeated from six starts, with wins in the Grade 1 Manor Downs Futurity and the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity to go with his dead-heat win in the Ruidoso Futurity. He was supplemented to the Rainbow Futurity trials for $25,000.

Saint Shackleton, who caught Okey Dokey Fantasy in the final stride of the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity, showed that the added 50 yards of the Rainbow Futurity trials could be to his liking. He has won each of his two Ruidoso Downs starts.

On Saturday afternoon, Grade 1 Heritage Place Derby winner PYC Paint Your Wagon and Grade 3 Bayer Legend New Mexico Derby winner Strawkins head the four trials to the Grade 1, $268,000 Rainbow Derby.

Adriannas Dasher vs. Startlet Hawk

Town Policy Handicap winner Adriannas Dasher and Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner Starlet Hawk head the 3-year-olds in the Grade 3, $30,000 Vandy's Flash Handicap on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Adriannas Dasher raced to his third straight stakes win when he won the Town Policy Handicap and Startlet Hawk finished third. Prior to the half-length Town Policy win, Adriannas Dasher won two minor stakes by narrow margins.

Startlet Hawk scored his first stakes win when he took the Los Alamitos Winter Derby on Feb. 24 at 8-1 odds. He was off for 90 days and returned to finish third in the Town Policy, beaten by three-quarters of a length.

Challenge Night at Sam Houston

Two "now" horses and defending world champion DM Shicago head the Grade 1, $115,650 MBNA America Texas Challenge on a night of Challenge stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday.

The sharp horses in the 440-yard race are Grade 1 MBNA America Oklahoma Challenge winner This Snow Is Cold and Grade 2 MBNA America East Challenge winner First Comment.

This Snow Is Cold pulled away from Grade 1 winner SLM Snowman and DM Shicago to win the Oklahoma Challenge Championship on May 14. After a fourth in the Remington Park Invitational, she won her 440-yard Texas Challenge trial in 21.645 seconds for the fastest qualifying time from two trials.

In the other trial, First Comment raced to his third straight win when he beat DM Shicago by a half-length. His three-quarter-length win in the East Challenge highlights his win streak.

DM Shicago is after his first win since sweeping the Ruidoso, Rainbow, and All American derbies last summer at Ruidoso Downs. In three 2006 starts, his best efforts are a second in his Texas Challenge trial and a third in the Oklahoma Challenge behind This Snow Is Cold.

In the Grade 3, $69,030 Bayer Legend Texas Derby Challenge, fastest qualifier Sheza Dashing Disco heads the field with four wins in her latest five starts. She finished a close second in the Grade 3 Bayer Legend East Derby Challenge.

In the Grade 3, $24,705 Red Cell Texas Distance Challenge at 870 yards, the full brothers My Prince of Strides and Strider Man won the two trials with the top two qualifying times.