08/09/2005 11:00PM

Two fillies in hunt for first Grade 1


The fillies Lindas Dasher and Dasha Freda, each yet to gain a Grade 1 win, lead the trials to the Grade 1, 400-yard Golden State Derby at Los Alamitos on Saturday night.

The 10 fastest qualifiers are eligible for the finals on Aug. 27.

Lindas Dasher, an earner of $205,785, has Grade 1 seconds in the Governor's Cup Futurity, PCQHRA Breeders Futurity, and Governor's Cup Derby, her most recent start on July 30. In that derby she went off at 5-2 odds and finished three-quarters of a length behind the sharp Apollitical Time.

While Lindas Dasher has been among the leaders of her division for 14 months, Dasha Freda has found her peak form in 2005, with 3 wins from 4 starts. Her sole setback was a close second in the Grade 2 La Primera Del Ano Derby, and she comes into the Golden State trials off a narrow win as the favorite in the Grade 3 Bayer Legend California Derby Challenge.

Win streaks on line at Houston

Fastest-qualifier Train Ridin Cash, winner of three straight races, and Winners Eyes, winner of five straight races, try to extend those streaks in the Grade 3, $48,240 TQHA Sires Cup Derby on Friday night at Sam Houston Race Park.

Train Ridin Cash raced to her third consecutive victory when she won a strong trial in 19.993 seconds for 400 yards over a muddy track. Also qualifying from that heat were Grade 1 Retama Derby runner-up Real Easy Okey, Retama Derby third-place finisher Tooting Otoole, and Grade 3 Longhorn Derby winner Kathys Star Quest.

Winners Eyes returned from a nine-month layoff to win his derby trial by a half-length in 20.131 seconds. In 2004, he was a troubled third in his career debut and then reeled off four straight wins before being sidelined.

On Saturday night, Primetime Dream brings 6 wins from 9 starts into the finals of the Grade 2, $111,520 TQHA Futurity. She has wins in the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity and the Grade 3 Rio Rico Futurity, and a close third in the Grade 3 Manor Downs Futurity. She won her TQHA trial by three-quarters of a length with the fourth-fastest time of 17.796 seconds for 350 yards.

Jo Edna led the qualifiers with a 1 3/4-length trial win in 17.694 seconds after winning her maiden in her prior start.

Front-runners in Central Distance

First to Ramble and Shawns Quick Dash, two 870-yard specialists who thrive with an early lead, head the Grade 3, $20,880 MD Barns Central Distance Challenge at Prairie Meadows on Saturday.

First to Ramble, a 4-year-old, raced with the 3-year-old Parklane Tree on the lead in their trial before drawing out to a three-quarter-length win in 45.700 seconds for the 870 yards, the top qualifying time. First to Ramble has won 3 of 6 2005 starts, including the Grade 3 MD Barns Oklahoma Challenge Championship as the odds-on favorite.

Shawns Quick Dash was a well-beaten fifth in the MD Barns Oklahoma Distance Challenge at 5-2 odds, but has posted two straight wins since that Remington Park stakes. He won an allowance race, then drew out to win his Central Distance trial after volleying for the early lead.