12/03/2001 12:00AM

Pretty Boy Perry upsets Shining Sky in Futurity


Pretty Boy Perry overtook Shining Sky, the nation's top-ranked 2-year-old Quarter Horse, in deep stretch to win the Grade 1, $925,000 Texas Classic Quarter Horse Futurity by a neck Saturday night at Lone Star Park near Dallas. It was another half-length back in third to Sweet First Down.

The 400-yard Texas Classic is the state's richest race, and annually closes out the fall Quarter Horse meet at Lone Star.

Pretty Boy Perry ($21.20) won his trial for the Texas Classic by a neck over Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity winner Baby Doll Form, but was dismissed at 9-1 in the wagering Saturday. After a good break, he surged late to get past leader Shining Sky, who going into the Texas Classic had won 6 of 7 starts, including the Grade 1 Retama Park and Grade 1 Sam Houston futurities.

"At about the 350- to 375-yard mark he started gaining rather quickly on [Shining Sky]," said James Brooks, who rode Pretty Boy Perry for trainer Guy Hopkins. "From there on he just flew by him and brought it home."

Pretty Boy Perry covered the distance in 19.63 seconds to earn $370,000 for his owner, North Texas auto dealer Buzz Post, who races under Hitchin Post Farms. Pretty Boy Perry has won 4 of 8 starts and earned $436,257.

Streakin Sin Tacha stays perfect

Streakin Sin Tacha remained undefeated in six starts this year when he overcame a poor start to win the $255,257 Texas Classic Quarter Horse Derby on Friday night at Lone Star. Quarterloom finished a half-length back in second, and it was another half-length to third-place finisher Lady Tenaya.

Dashin Bye, the nation's top-ranked 3-year-old, finished sixth.

Streakin Sin Tacha ($6.60), who like Dashin Bye was undefeated in five starts this year going into the derby, covered 440 yards in 21.43 seconds under jockey Alvin Brossette.

Streakin Sin Tacha, who earned $102,102 for the win, was bred in partnership by late trainer Steve VanBebber, and is now owned and trained by his widow, Janet VanBebber.

* Janet VanBebber finished second in the trainer standings this meet at Lone Star, three wins behind title winner Toby Keeton. The meet's leading rider was Gilbert Ortiz, and Geral Dewitt won his fifth owner's title. Dewitt, an auto dealer, has won every Quarter Horse owner title at Lone Star since the track opened in 1997.