07/09/2002 11:00PM

Rematch in TQHA starts a weekend of stakes


A rematch between No Tools Required and Run and Pray, who finished 1-2 in their trial, begins a strong stakes weekend at Sam Houston Race Park in the Grade 3, $43,080 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby on Friday night.

No Tools Required defeated Run and Pray by a neck in their Sires' Cup Derby trial. No Tools Required had the fastest time of 20.067 seconds for the 400 yards, while Run and Pray was the second-fastest qualifier at 20.094 seconds.

No Tools Required won last year's TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity.

The weekend is highlighted by a Grade 1 stakes doubleheader on Saturday night. It will feature Grade 1 Remington Park Championship winner Bugs by Yawl in the $87,750 MBNA America Texas Challenge and fastest qualifier Shiney Sky in the $276,100 TQHA Sales Futurity.

Bugs by Yawl has been on a roll this spring with wins in the Remington Park Championship (over world champion Tailor Fit), but will face a challenge from Streakin Sin Tacha. Streakin Sin Tacha is making his 2002 debut for trainer Janet VanBebber after winning the Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby and the Grade 2 Sam Houston Derby last year.

In 2001 he won 6 of 7 starts. His sole 2001 defeat was a second-place finish to 2000 world champion A Ransom in the Grade 1, $300,000 Championship at Sunland Park.

Fastest-qualifier Shiney Sign will try to prove his 14-1 upset victory in the TQHA Sales Futurity trial was not a fluke when he starts in the 350-yard Sales Futurity for TQHA Yearling Sale graduates.

Shiney Sign's trial victory was his maiden win, coming in his second career start, with a time of 17.782 seconds for the 350 yards.

McArthur loaded for Ed Burke trials

Trainer Donna McArthur could saddle as many as eight horses, including Grade 1 Kindergarten 1-2 finishers Morning Snow and Lonely Moon Sign, in the trials to the Grade 1 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

If Kindergarten winner Morning Snow can win the Ed Burke Futurity (July 27) and the Los Alamitos Million (Dec. 13) she will earn the $1 million Los Alamitos Bonanza.

McArthur said she will also send out Kindergarten finalist Style N Grace in the Ed Burke trials.

Zia Festival set at Ruidoso Downs

Fastest-qualifier Dooley for Cash in the Grade 2, $164,000 Zia Futurity highlights the Zia Festival for New Mexico-breds on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The other quarter horse stakes on the Zia program are the Grade 3 $73,602 Zia Derby, the Grade 3 $40,000 Zia Handicap and the $40,000 Zia 870 Championship.

Dooley for Cash has won his last two starts, including winning his Zia Futurity trial by 1 1/2 lengths.

The Zia Derby will have Grade 3 Senor Futurity winner Chicks Goes Steppin and Grade 3 Manual Lujan Handicap winner Time For Aces.

The Zia Star, winner of seven stakes over his five-year career, is expected to defend his title in the Zia Handicap. He won The Lineage Championship on May 19 at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Kama Shootin will probably put his eight-race winning streak on the line in the Zia 870 Championship. He has won five consecutive stakes, all at 870 or 1000 yards.