11/30/2005 12:00AM

Big horses away, notch-below horses can play


It's an opportune time for the 3-year-olds in the trials to the Grade 1, $165,000 (estimated) Southern California Derby on Friday night at Los Alamitos. That's because Grade 1 derby winners Ocean Runaway and Apollitical Time, who are eligible for the trials, are pointing instead to next week's Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions.

The 3-year-olds without a Grade 1 derby win competing in the Southern California Derby trials are: Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby runner-up Gulfstream Five, Grade 1 Golden State Derby runner-up Jumpn, Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby winner Dutch Schultz, and Grade 1 Governor's Cup Derby runner-up Lindas Dasher.

Gulfstream Five came close to a Grade 1 derby score with his second in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby and his fifth-place finish, beaten by only a neck, in the Grade 1 Golden State Derby. Two starts ago he was second to Ocean Runaway in the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby, and in his latest start he was fifth to Ocean Runaway in their Los Alamitos Super Derby trial after a troubled start.

Gulfstream Five is in the third of three trials.

Jumpn has raced in the trials to four derbies, including three Grade 1 stakes, and has qualified for each derby final. After his close second in the Golden State Derby, Jumpn was third in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby and fourth behind Apollitical Time and Ocean Runaway in the Los Alamitos Super Derby.

Dutch Schultz won the El Primero Derby in April, was defeated by three-time derby winner DM Shicago in three starts at Ruidoso Downs this summer, and then came back to Los Alamitos and ran seventh in the Los Alamitos Super Derby after being bumped at the start.

Jumpn and Dutch Shultz meet in the first trial.

Lindas Dasher has run in six Grade 1 stakes, including three derbies. She was second to Apollitical Time in the Governor's Cup Derby and a close fourth in the Golden State Derby.

Lindas Dasher is in the second trial.

Ongoing to Fame and By By JJ meet

Highweight Ongoing to Fame meets 2003 All American Futurity winner By By JJ, who is on the comeback trail, in a full field of New Mexico-bred geldings racing 400 yards in the $125,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap on Saturday at Sunland Park.

Ongoing to Fame, 4, carrying highweight of 126 pounds, including regular rider G.R. Carter Jr., has seven wins, three seconds and a third in 12 starts this year and last. His only start in open company during that span was a troubled eighth at 5-2 in the Grade 1 The Championship at Sunland Park on Dec. 26.

Ongoing to Fame is the defending winner of the Jess Burner and comes off a win in the $100,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Quarter Horse Championship at Zia Park on Nov. 6.

By By JJ is making his third start after returning from a 13-month layoff. In his return, he was eighth in a Zia Park allowance race, but he moved forward in his last start with a win in a Zia Park optional-claiming race in a sharp 17.53 seconds for 350 yards.