12/27/2002 1:00AM

Bonus quest starts with Allison


SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Sunday's $100,000 Riley Allison Futurity at 6 1/2 furlongs is the first leg of a three-race series that offers a $250,000 bonus to any horse that can sweep it.

The series continues on March 31 with the $500,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland and ends with the $500,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park May 10.

Trainer Steve Asmussen, who through Thursday had 394 wins this year, leaving him one behind Scott Lake for the national title, has entered Irish Boots in the Allison.

The likely favorite Sunday, Irish Boots won his maiden Dec. 6 at Fair Grounds for a $50,000 tag in his third start, and a week later won his division of the Allison trials. Irish Boots, owned by Asmussen, has tactical speed. Donny Meche will be in for the mount.

Double Intrigue won the other division of the trials impressively. He looks to be coming into his own for trainer Willie Padilla.

Double Intrigue was stakes placed at Ruidoso and Albuquerque this summer, including a second to Roll Hennessy Roll in the Ruidoso Thoroughbred Futurity. Double Intrigue has won both his starts at this meet, using a stalking style that could come in handy as the distances get longer.

Sum Trick, who makes his second start Sunday, could turn out to be the best horse in the field. A Favorite Trick colt who finished second in Double Intrigue's trial, Sum Trick had bad racing luck that day. His trainer, O. D. Jamison, has apparently been pointing him for this race all along.

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