10/28/2004 11:00PM

Pollard's Vision captures derby


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Pollard's Vision became a millionaire on Friday when he held off a late surge from Cryptograph to win the Grade 3, $250,000 by a half-length. It was another half-length back to pacesetter Flamethrowintexan in third.

Pollard's Vision ($8.40), who is blind in his right eye, raced in midpack early along the rail, while Flamethrowintexan led the field through fractions of 22.97 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.40 for the half-mile, 1:10.50 for six furlongs, and 1:35.66 for the mile. Pollard's Vision moved to the leaders on the final turn, managed to angle outside of horses in the stretch, and ran down Flamethrowintexan.

"He was never where I thought he needed to be to get there, but he kept coming," said Todd Pletcher, a native of Texas who trains Pollard's Vision. "He's an absolute warrior, this horse."

Pollard's Vision covered the 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:42.10.

John Velazquez rode Pollard's Vision, who was making his eighth appearance in a derby. Earlier this year, he won the Grade 2 Illinois Derby, was an also-ran in the Kentucky Derby, and won the Grade 3 Leonard Richards.

"He's very tough," said Velazquez. "He's been there against every good horse in every good race in the country."

Pollard's Vision earned $150,000 for the victory, his fifth from 17 starts. His earnings now stand at $1,075,311. A son of Carson City, Pollard's Vision races for Edgewood Farm.

Brass Hat, the 2-1 favorite, finished ninth after getting shuffled in the first turn. Skipaslew won a photo for fourth, finishing a head in front of fifth-place finisher Britt's Jules.

The Lone Star Derby was delayed for several minutes after Tricky Taboo flipped in the gate. He was scratched and appeared to escape serious injury.

After Britt's Jules, the order of finish was With Distinction in sixth, then Pies Prospect, My Creed, Brass Hat, Willionaire, Charming Socialite, and Cut and Shoot.

True Tails wins Lone Star Juvenile Fillies

True Tails drew out to a 7 1/4-length win in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Juvenile Fillies on Thursday. The six-furlong race was added to the stakes schedule as part of Lone Star's build-up to the Breeders' Cup on Saturday.

True Tails ($5.20) went to the front at the start of the Lone Star Juvenile Fillies, running the opening quarter in 21.71 seconds. She went on to cover a half-mile in 44.23, then crossed the wire in 1:09.74. Jamie Theriot rode True Tails for trainer Cole Norman.

Ketchmewhereyoucan finished second, a half-length in front of Dressed for Succes.

True Tails earned $30,000 for the victory, her second in three starts. She has now earned $43,930 for her owner, Marie Troncone. True Tails is a Florida-bred by Yes It's True.