07/24/2002 11:00PM

Straw Flying Dash tries a stakes


Straw Flying Dash, coming off a 17.38-second trial win at 350 yards, meets Kindergarten winner Morning Snow in the Grade 1 $436,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity at Los Alamitos on Saturday night.

Straw Flying Dash, the first horse owned by Micah Leslie and Link Newcomb, is making his stakes debut after going 3 for 3 against lesser competition.

Trained by Dan Francisco, Straw Flying Dash showed he is ready for the class jump with his dominating trial win, the fastest 350-yard time for the meet.

But will Straw Flying Dash have something left for the finals?

According to Francisco, jockey Joe Badilla said "the horse took off after he tapped him just once. This horse has handled everything thrown his way so far," Francisco said. "He'll do all right in the final."

Morning Snow is still alive to earn the $1 million Los Alamitos Bonanza for her connections. That bonus goes to the winner of the Kindergarten, Ed Burke Futurity, and the Los Alamitos Million (Dec. 13).

Trained by Donna McArthur for owners Charlie and Dixie Patterson, Morning Snow won the $361,000 Kindergarten by a neck. She improved her record to four wins from five starts with a half-length trial win over Deefirst, who also made the finals. Morning Snow was timed in the fourth-fastest time of 17.65 seconds.

Four stakes in Texas Suumer Showdown

Mr Bar Code may have found the right spot for his first 2002 win at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night in the $40,000 Classic Chevrolet Stakes, one of four Grade 3 stakes on the Texas Summer Showdown program.

Mr Bar Code, winner of the 2000 Sam Houston Futurity, has been winless in three starts this year, but each of those races was a Grade 1 or Grade 2 event. His best finish was a third in the MBNA America East Challenge behind Jess Louisiana Blue and world champion Tailor Fit.

In the $40,000 Barnmaster Sprint Stakes at 250 yards, defending champion Turfinator will be challenged by Quarterloom, runner-up in the Texas Classic Derby and the Sam Houston Derby last year.

The $40,000 Sundowner Trailer Stakes will have King Rick Rack, winner of two stakes at 870 yards this year, making his first 2002 start at 550 yards.

The $20,160 MCI Texas Challenge over 870 yards has two-time defending champion Drip Dry Dash meeting fastest qualifier Tiny Chris La Jolla.

Killer Looks meet Hammes quintet

Fastest-qualifier Killer Looks will take on five horses trained by John Hammes in the Grade 3, $115,035 Rocky Mountain Futurity at Arapahoe Park on Saturday.

Killer Looks, owned by Circle L Farm and trained by Harold Grubb, posted her second win from three starts with a 17.544-second trial win for 350 yards.

Hammes will saddle trial winners Splash of Flash, Yeah Im Flying, and Hez Cool Man. The other Hammes-trained qualifiers are Simoneau and Take Me Some Cash.

On Sunday, Grade 2 Mile High Futurity winner Same Genes heads the Grade 3, $42,210 Bayer Legend West/Southwest Challenge for 3-year-olds at 400 yards.

Same Genes was the fastest qualifier with a 19.806-second time for 400 yards.