11/27/2008 1:00AM

Stolis Winner out of Futurity


The loss of Stolis Winner from Saturday's Grade 1, $1.15 million Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park makes the race a more wide-open affair.

Fastest qualifier Stolis Winner, a winner of three Grade 1 futurities, including the All American, would have been the odds-on favorite, but he underwent sesamoid surgery Monday. He will be scratched to receive 10th-place money and could return to racing in 2009.

"He'll enter back in the final because he qualified, but he won't race in the final," said Heath Taylor, who trains Stolis Winner for owner-breeder Jerry Windham. "The injury is something we expect the horse to come back from and have a good career from here on out. We're very optimistic about that."

Taylor is still well represented in the Texas Classic, the only million-dollar race in Texas. He sends out the elegantly bred Mighty Corona, who qualified for the Grade 1,

$1.9 million All American Futurity and impressively won his Texas Classic Futurity trial by one length with the fifth-fastest time of 19.786 seconds for 400 yards. He is by all-time leading sire First Down Dash and out of champion and broodmare of the year Corona Chick.

Second-fastest qualifier Mr Queens Mystery will be taking a huge class jump in search of his third straight win. He won his maiden two starts ago and then won his trial by a nose over Double Chiseled.

Double Chiseled has stakes experience, but is still a maiden. He was fourth in the Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity before his narrow trial defeat as the even-money favorite.

Taylor is loaded for Saturday's Grade 1, $383,750 Texas Classic Derby with four entrants, headed by second-fastest qualifier Coronas Leaving You.

Taylor also has Separatist Baby, Rebas in the House, and Coronas Easy Dash in the 440-yard derby.

Coronas Leaving You and fastest qualifier Easy Dashin Sixes have combined to win 14 of their 18 career starts and will vie for favoritism.

Coronas Leaving You has won 9 of 11 starts and comes off two straight wins. He won the 6666 Handicap and then took his Texas Classic Derby trial by a neck.

Easy Dashin Sixes, winner of 5 of 7 starts, may be in the best form of his career. Two starts ago, he was second by a neck in the Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap while facing older horses. He then rolled to a one-length derby trial win in 21.308 seconds for 440 yards, the fastest time from four


Jet Black Patriot returns for SW Juvie

All American Futurity runner-up Jet Black Patriot returns to New Mexico for another Grade 1 stakes Sunday when he starts in the $305,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park.

The Southwest Juvenile Championship brings together horses who have won or placed in Gradeo1 futurities throughout the Southwest to compete at 440 yards. It's a rare opportunity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses to compete in a Grade 1 race without trials.

The Louisiana-bred Jet Black Patriot has won 7 of 8 career starts, with his only setback his second-place run behind Stolis Winner in the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day. Each of his wins has been by at least a half-length, and his combined win margin is nearly 10 lengths, a huge margin in Quarter Horse racing.

The Eric Curtis-trained colt has won three futurities in Louisiana against statebreds, including a 1 1/4-length win in the Grade 1 LQHBA Futurity in his most recent start. He got off to a very tardy start, but gamely rallied through a tight hole and drew out to win the 400-yard race at Evangeline Downs.

Jet Black Patriot has earned $856,621, and a win in the Southwest Juvenile Championship would make him a millionaire.

Brenda Beautiful has won each of her two starts at Zia Park and comes off a half-length win in the Grade 2 Hobbs America Futurity as the 17-10 favorite.

Jess Significant has qualified for four futurities, including three Grade 1's, in New Mexico. She won the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity and finished fifth in the All American Futurity as the high-placing filly.

On Saturday at Zia Park, Ms Regard should be in peak form for the $140,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Fillies and Mares Championship after setting a track record in an allowance race.

The 3-year-old filly set her 300-yard track record of 14.916 seconds with negligible wind. It was her third allowance win from three starts during the Zia Park meet.

Jones pair heads Las Damas

Blazin Fire and Strength in Numbers, who finished one-two in the voting for 2007 champion aged mare, give trainer Paul Jones enviable representation in the $40,000 Las Damas Handicap for distaffers Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Blazin Fire - who won the champion aged mare title in a run-off with Strength in Numbers - had three stakes wins at Los Alamitos last fall, including her second win in the Las Damas Handicap. She has won the Las Damas by more than a length in each of the past two years.

This fall, Blazin Fire has made three starts at Los Alamitos, and her best finish was a win in the Grade 3 Merial California Distaff Challenge.

Strength in Numbers returns from a 13-month layoff for the Las Damas. She earned serious championship consideration by winning the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Championship over males in her final start before the layoff.

On Friday night, Jones saddles seven of the 28 3-year-olds in the three trials to the Grade 1, $189,000 Southern California Derby. Heading Jones's hopefuls is $134,000 Maiden Stakes winner Tailgunner Tom.