09/20/2005 11:00PM

Be a Bono seeks to strengthen credentials


Owner Spencer Childers and trainer Dan Francisco will be represented by world champion Be a Bono in the Grade 1, $100,000 Go Man Go Invitational Handicap and Grade 1 winner Diller a Dollar in the Grade 3, $30,000 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap this weekend at Los Alamitos.

The 400-yard Go Man Go is on Saturday night, and the 350-yard Sgt Pepper Feature for 3-year-olds is on Friday night.

Be a Bono has won two Grade 1 races this year and is a prime contender for the 2005 world championship along with three-time derby winner DM Shicago. Be a Bono won the Vessels Maturity by a nose and then won the Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship - the race named after his 93-year-old owner - by a neck.

Last year, he earned his championship with Grade 1 wins in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby, Childers Championship, and Los Alamitos Super Derby, each by a margin of a neck or less.

Also in the Go Man Go are 2002 co-world champion Whosleavingwho and SLM Snowman.

Whosleavingwho is making his first start since taking the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship on Feb. 26.

SLM Snowman is coming off a track-record victory on Aug. 13 in the Grade 2 MBNA America Central Challenge at Prairie Meadows, run in 21.36 seconds for 440 yards.

In the Sgt Pepper Feature, Diller a Dollar comes off a 47-1 upset win in the Grade 1 Golden State Derby at 400 yards. It was his first win in five starts since taking a $10,000 claiming race on Nov. 13.

Modem thrives at 350 yards and defeated older horses at that distance in the Grade 3 California Breeders Sprint Championship on July 30, his latest start.

'Planet' meets world-record holder

Rainbow Futurity winner Planet Holland, who has raced in seven Grade 1 races, faces world-record holder A Long Goodbye in the $50,000 James Issac Stakes on Saturday during opening weekend of Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M.

The 4-year-old Planet Holland won the 2003 Rainbow Futurity, was second in the 2004 Ruidoso Derby, and comes off two wins in his last three starts, all at Los Alamitos.

On June 3, Planet Holland won his trial to the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity and then finished fifth in the finals behind Be a Bono. In his most recent start, Planet Holland won a 300-yard allowance race by a nose.

A Long Goodbye set the 440-yard world record of 20.686 seconds when he won the Grade 1 MBNA America New Mexico Challenge Championship at Sunland Park on April 3. In his most recent start, on July 24, he won the La Plata Stakes for his ninth win in his last 12 starts.

Also in the Issac are Grade 3 winners Dashin Kirk and Desirio, and Grade 3 New Mexico Distaff runner-up Arriba Reba.

Shining Tee Pie leads futurity

Shining Tee Pie steps up in class looking for his third win from three starts in the Grade 2, $158,950 Valley Junction Futurity on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

Shining Tee Pie won her maiden in her career debut, then set the fastest qualifying time of 17.620 seconds for 350 yards while winning her Valley Junction Futurity trial by 1 1/4 lengths.

Friday night, Grade 3 Polk County Derby winner WRS Special Shoe has a rematch with Harrah's Entertainment Futurity winner Bugs Mega Jet in the Grade 3, $62,900 Altoona Derby.

WRS Special Shoe defeated Bugs Mega Jet in their trial by one length with the fastest qualifying time of 20.039 seconds. Bugs Mega Jet was the 3-5 favorite, with three stakes wins in her five prior starts.

Statebred futurities at Albuquerque

Albuquerque Spring Futurity winner Chicks Are Streakin meets New Mexico Spring Fling Futurity winner Bullys Runaway in the Grade 3, $93,000 Senor Futurity for New Mexico-bred colts and geldings Saturday at the New Mexico State Fair.

Chicks Are Streakin won his 400-yard trial in 19.915 seconds for the fastest qualifying time. Bullys Runaway won his trial in 19.938 seconds for the second-fastest time.

Also on Saturday, fastest qualifier JJS Fast Gal goes for her third straight win and first stakes victory in the Grade 3, $89,000 Senorita Futurity for fillies.