Jess Lips Leads Dash For Cash Derby

Jess Lips looks for stakes win in Dash For Cash Derby.

September 27, 2012

Samuel Valerino’s Jess Lips has been close in major Grade 1 stakes and now may by positioned for his first stakes win as the fastest qualifier to the $174,000 Dash For Cash Derby (G2) on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

The attractive card also features the $473,000 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) and the Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge.

Jess Lips (Mr Jess Perry-Loose Lips by First Down Dash) nearly won the Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos last fall and impressed with a close third-place finish in the Rainbow Derby (G1) this past summer at Ruidoso Downs. Champion Ochoa surged to get the win and Jess Lips was just a neck back for third in the tight finish.

After finishing second in his All American Derby trial, Jess Lips overwhelmed the second of six Dash For Cash Derby trials to win by 1 1/2 lengths as the 1-2 favorite and he raced to the fastest-qualifying time of :21.215 for the 440 yards.

Dan Adams, P.K. Thomas and Gene White’s Lethal Volt (Volcom-Miss Lethal by Chicks Beduino) raced to a fifth-place finish in last year’s All American Futurity (G1) and then was defeated by only a nose in the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) in his final 2011 start. The Trey Wood-trained gelding scored his first 2012 win when he won his Dash For Cash Derby trial by 1 1/2 lengths with the second-fastest time of :21.367.

Joe Kirk Fulton’s homebred Sweet Oblivion (Mr Jess Perry-Daring Difference by Victory Dash) has put together a consistent record for trainer Mike Robbins this year. The filly was second in the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge as the 4-5 favorite after she won her trial by more than 3 lengths with the fastest-qualifying time. After a close second in her All American Derby trial, she won her Dash For Cash Derby trial with the third-fastest time of :21.369.