07/04/2001 12:00AM

'Red Clay' attempts Rainbow


Red Clay of Texas, winner of the Ruidoso Futurity, takes the next step toward winning the three Grade 1 summer futurities at Ruidoso Downs when he runs in the Rainbow Futurity trials on Friday afternoon.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday's 17 trials at 400 yards return for the $600,000 Rainbow Futurity on July 22. The third summer futurity is the All American Futurity.

A gelded son of Splash Bac owned by Jack Evans Jr., Red Clay of Texas is 2 for 2 at Ruidoso Downs. He won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by a neck, and then cruised to a length win in the Grade 1 finals.

Illusioneiress, winner of the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity, will be trying to make the Rainbow Futurity field after winning her Ruidoso Futurity trial and failing to make the finals. Her time was quick enough to qualify for the consolation, but her connections passed on the race.

Trainers Jack Brooks, Russell Harris, and Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath will each be represented by 16 2-year-olds in the trials.

Marcom duo set for Master Salls 'Cap

Trainer Roy Marcom Jr. has the two highweights - Heavenly Shuttle and Mr Moon Policy - expected for the $15,000 Master Salls Handicap over 870 yards on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

Heavenly Shuttle, the 124-pound highweight, was a force at Sunland Park last winter, with wins in the 1,000-yard Budweiser Handicap and the 870-yard New Mexico Distance Challenge. In the Distance Challenge she ended the 11-race winning streak of 2000 champion distance horse Sign of Lanty.

Mr Moon Policy, 123 pounds, comes into the Master Salls Handicap off a three-quarter-length allowance victory June 4 at Albuquerque. He has three wins from five 2001 starts against allowance and high-priced claiming company.

Awesome Form after third straight win

Awesome Form is expected to shoot for her third straight win in the $17,500 Mr Jet Moore Handicap on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

From the Jack Brooks stable, Awesome Form won a nose verdict in the Higheasterjet Handicap at Ruidoso Downs on June 9, then came back to post 1 1/4-length win in an allowance race on June 24.

Expected to challenge Awesome Form is The Pen Pal, winner of the Dash for Speed Handicap at Arapahoe Park in his sole 2001 start.

A Delightful Dasher euthanized

Champion A Delightful Dasher has been euthanized following a battle with laminitis.

Owned by Gwendolyn Eaves and trained by John Bassett, A Delightful Dasher dominated the 2-year-old ranks in 1999. That year he won the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and the Grade 1 All American Futurity, then went to Los Alamitos to win the Grade 1 Golden State Futurity.

A Delightful Dasher who earned $1,660,525 in his career, was named the 1999 champion 2-year-old and helped his dam, Fortune of Delight, be named the 1999 champion broodmare.