09/17/2003 12:00AM

Awaiting chance at $1 million, Hawkish takes shot in futurity


Hawkish will take a side trip on his journey to a possible $1 million bonus when he starts in the second of seven trials to the Grade 1, $330,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

Hawkish won the Grade 1 Kindergarten and the Grade 1 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity, and if he can add a win on Dec. 12 in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Million, then he will earn a $1 million bonus.

"We feel that if he runs in the Breeders, he still has plenty of time to rest, relax, and go for the Million," said owner Enrique Gonzalez, who paid $90,000 at the 2002 Pacific Coast yearling sale for Hawkish, a brother to 2001 champion aged stallion Hawkinson. "He is acting like he wants to run again, so we are looking to give him that opportunity."

Hawkish is the front-runner in the California juvenile division with his track-record victory in the $400,000 Kindergarten (300 yards in 15.180 seconds) and his 1 3/4-length victory in the $400,000 Ed Burke Futurity.

Trained by Concepcion Balderrama and ridden by Alex Bautista, Hawkish has earned $341,060 from three wins and two runner-up finishes in five starts.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the trials are eligible for the 400-yard Breeders Futurity finals on Oct. 4.

McArthur has trial winners in Challenge

Donna McArthur trains the winners of both trials to the Grade 3, $39,240 Bayer Legend California Challenge, but her horses will be up against a former world-record holder and five horses from leading trainer Paul Jones in Saturday night's 400-yard race.

McArthur's top pair are A Special Sno Flo and Fortune First, the two fastest qualifiers from the Sept. 6 trials. She also qualified Rock N Race, who was third in her trial behind Fortune First.

A Special Sno Flo, owned by Joyce Erickson, is in strong form, with a third in the Grade 1, $200,000 Golden State Derby and a win in her Bayer trial in her two most recent starts. Her winning time of 19.805 seconds for 400 yards in her trial was the fastest time.

Fortune First, owned by L/J Farms, Oscar Rhone and Marcus Smith, has wins in the Grade 2 American Airlines New Mexico Challenge and a division of the Quarter Horse Breeders Classics Futurity. He won his trial by a head over former world-record holder Classic Sassy Chic.

Classic Sassy Chic, owned by Rod and Jackie MacPherson and trained by Felix Gonzalez, set her world record for 350 yards last fall when she won the Grade 1 American Airlines Challenge Championship in 17.135 seconds. That mark was surpassed by AB What a Runner this summer.

This year, Classic Sassy Chic has wins in the Jens List Memorial Stakes and the La Conchita Handicap.

Jones qualified Loves That Gold, Cee a Dash, Dealadash, Corona Captain, and I Ought to Be First. Loves That Gold and Cee a Dash ran second and third behind A Special Sno Flo in their trial.

New Mexico-breds highlight fair

New Mexico-breds will be featured at the New Mexico State Fair this weekend in the $97,318 Senor Futurity and the $95,163 Senorita Futurity on Saturday, and the $53,802 Breeders Derby on Sunday afternoon.

The Senor Futurity for 2-year-old colts and geldings will have stakes winner Street Talkin Man, winner of 4 of 6 starts, meeting fastest qualifier Cut the Glare, who won his maiden by capturing his 400-yard trial in 19.474 seconds.

The Senorita Futurity for juvenile fillies features fastest qualifier Miranda Fame, who has two wins in her latest three starts. She also finished off the board in the $307,000 Zia Futurity. Miranda Fame won her 400-yard Senorita trial in an excellent 19.525 seconds.

The Breeders Derby brings out Perfect Call, winner of 4 of 6 starts this year. Perfect Call, a gelding, won his derby trial in 19.704 seconds for 400 yards, the quickest time from two trials on Sept. 6.