06/10/2009 11:00PM

Streakin Laquinta triggers memories


Way back in 1993, A Classic Dash won the Ed Burke Futurity at Los Alamitos as a prologue to victory in the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

The trainer and jockey behind A Classic Dash - Connie Hall and Eddie Garcia - have a chance to win the same races this summer.

On June 20, they have Streakin Laquinta in the $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity. If the colt runs well in that 350-yard race, he might go to New Mexico and run in the All American Futurity trials in August.

"I hate to get ahead of myself," Hall said. "This race is enough."

Streakin Laquinta has the third-fastest qualifying time for the Ed Burke. There were 10 trials last Saturday, with LD Fire setting the fastest qualifying time of 17.33 seconds.

Trained by Jaime Gomez, LD Fire won the first division, while Streakin Laquinta won the third race in 17.475 seconds.

"[Eddie] just kept him moving," Hall said of the trial race. "He ran straight. He reminds you a lot of A Classic Dash and he wants to run.

"A Classic Dash would pull Eddie out of the saddle. This horse has done the same thing and reaches down and wants to go on."

After Streakin Laquinta's win, Hall and owner-breeders John and Kathie Bobenreith had to wait another three hours before learning they had secured a berth to the lucrative final.

"You sit there all night long and hope there isn't a big, fast wind," Hall said.

Streakin Laquinta has won 2 of 3 starts. After finishing third because of a bad start in a 300-yard maiden race on April 16, he won a maiden race over the same distance by 1 1/2 lengths on May 10.

"After he had a bad start, he did come on and try to run," Hall said of the colt's debut. "Eddie was quite impressed with the run the horse gave him."

The win in the second start confirmed expectations around the barn.

"If they want to go, it makes our job so much easier," Hall said.

Hall, who has trained at Los Alamitos since 1972, is among the track's all-time top 10 Quarter Horse trainers by wins, but has not had a major stakes winner in recent years. After A Classic Dash, her stable stars included Avison, the winner of the Vessels Maturity in 1994-95, and A Ransom, the 2000 World Champion.

Streakin Laquinta is certain to attract support for the Ed Burke final, though LD Fire is expected to be favored. The other qualifiers are Three Times the Toll, Tools of Fire, Fire Specialist, Rocco Rojo, Mollys Bartel, Shining First Dash, My Sexy Lady, and Dashingfordestiny.

None has won a stakes. Twin Spires, the winner of the Kindergarten Futurity in May, finished second to Three Times the Toll in the eighth division of the Ed Burke trials, and was the 11th fastest qualifier, missing a berth in the final by 0.01 of a second.

Sam Houston: Sires' Cup

Perryphery brings the best stakes credentials into the $129,420 Texas Quarter Horse Association Sires' Cup Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday. The restricted Grade 2 race will be run over 350 yards, and drew a field of 10.

Perryphery was third by a half-length in the Grade 1 Retama Park Futurity at Sam Houston on May 15. One start later, she was up for a neck win during her May 29 trial race for the Sires' Cup. John Buchanan trains Perryphery, who is coupled with Mischka, a filly who is undefeated in three starts.

Delta Downs: Taylor runner sharp

McM Dozen Dasher should be sharp for the move to 400 yards in Saturday night's $50,000 Mr. Jess Perry at Delta Downs. Coming off a 220-yard race, he will start as one of the top contenders in the Louisiana-bred stakes, which is a restricted Grade 3. Heath Taylor trains McM Dozen Dasher, who is making his second start of the year following a 2008 campaign in which he went 5 for 6.

- additional reporting by Mary Rampellini