04/29/2003 11:00PM

Brishane sharp for Gold Rush Derby


The Thoroughbred Brishane, winner of the Catalina Derby, meets the Quarter Horse Heros Call, the fastest qualifier, in the Grade 3, $72,400 Gold Rush Derby at 870 yards at Los Alamitos Friday night.

Owned and trained by Blane Schvaneveldt, Brishane has raced exclusively in Quarter Horse competition, with four starts, three wins and a second-place finish - all in 870-yard races. His only setback was a nose loss to Ahme Gone in an allowance race.

Since that Feb. 20 defeat, Brishane has won two straight races over Ahme Gone - the Grade 3, $75,000 Catalina Derby and the Gold Rush Derby trial. Brishane raced to the second-fastest qualifying time of 46.160 seconds for 870 yards in the Gold Rush trials.

"He broke better than ever and he looked pretty good," Schvaneveldt said of the trial win. "He did everything easy."

Heros Call, owned by the Laura Pinelli Trust and trained by Pinelli, was the 3-5 favorite when he won the second of two trials by 2 1/2 lengths over the Thoroughbred Talk That Talk in 45.720 seconds.

A gelded son of the Thoroughbred Grand Slam, Heros Call finished fourth behind Brishane in the Catalina Derby. Pinelli said Heros Call lacked experience in the Catalina Derby and hopes "he'll be a little better in the Gold Rush final."

Ahme Gone seeks his first win since defeating Brishane in the Catalina Derby trial. Last September, he won his maiden for a $10,000 claiming tag at 350 yards and then moved up in class when he started racing at 870 yards. He won an 870-yard allowance race and finished second in the Catalina Derby.

Graded stakes return to Blue Ribbon

Two of Oklahoma's richest races return to Blue Ribbon Downs after a 13-year run at Remington Park when the Grade 1, $286,324 Heritage Place Futurity and the Grade 1, $126,245 Heritage Place Derby are contested Sunday afternoon.

As with most early-season futurities, the 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity could be a wide-open race. The fastest qualifier, Proudest Lucky, won his trial as a 35-1 longshot.

Proudest Lucky, owned by Gary Robison and trained by Wes Giles, made his first start in his trial and won by 1 1/2 lengths with a 17.937-second time for the 350 yards.

Second-fastest qualifier Shake Em Together also won her career debut. She won the first of 11 trials in 17.971 seconds.

The most seasoned Heritage Place Futurity finalist is Holland Fool Speed, who finished fourth in the Grade 2 Lazy E Futurity.

Blue Ribbon Derby winner Frostys Money Man is the choice in the Heritage Place Derby with his 3-for-3 record this year. He won his trials to the Blue Ribbon and Heritage Place derbies and was a three-quarter-length winner of the Grade 3 Blue Ribbon Derby March 16.

Owned by Jeffery Strange, Frostys Money Man is one of three finalists trainer Rodney Reed has in the Blue Ribbon Derby. He will also be represented by 2002 Blue Ribbon Futurity runner-up Shake Em Rita Ballou and Twenty Twenty Type.