03/24/2004 12:00AM

Brossette hits top spot among riders


Alvin "Bubba" Brossette, 51, became the official most victorious jockey in Quarter Horse racing history when he guided Jackspots to victory in the fifth race at Sunland Park on Tuesday. It was his 3,338th career victory, which broke the record held by hall of famer Danny Cardoza.

The victory was in a trial for the New Mexican Spring Futurity, and Jackspots qualified for the April 8 finals.

There were no official records kept by the American Quarter Horse Association before 1970, so races before then are not included in jockeys' records. With the growth in the number of Quarter Horse races since 1970, however, it is doubtful that any pre-1970 jockey would have enough victories to surpass Brossette, who received his first jockey's license in 1969 in Columbus, Texas.

Brossette has ridden in 20,091 Quarter Horse races, and his mounts have earned $18,937,515. Jacky Martin is the all-time leader in Quarter Horse earnings with $36,496,105.

In 2003, Brossette rode in 677 races and had 111 victories. His 17 stakes wins ranked him in third place in that category and included the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship aboard Panther Mountain.

Derby trial weekend at Los Alamitos

With champions Hawkish and the undefeated Be a Bono resting, the trials to the El Primero Del Ano Derby on Friday night at Los Alamitos are wide open.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will return for the $130,000-estimated finals on April 16.

Heading the second of two El Primero trials is Mocha Blast, a close second in the Grade 1, $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby behind Be a Bono on Feb. 27.

On Saturday night, 3-year-old fillies run in two trials to the $145,000-estimated La Primera Derby, with the 10 fastest qualifiers earning a spot in the April 17 finals.

Feet of Flames comes off a third-place finish in the Madeira Beach Handicap. She was second to Grade 1 winner Willie Works in the Cypress Handicap, a race in which Mocha Blast was third.

Wildest Woman may be in right spot

Wildest Woman may have found the right spot for her first stakes win in the Grade 2, $115,705 West Texas Derby at Sunland Park on Saturday afternoon.

Wildest Woman not only set the fastest qualifying time in the three trials on March 12, but she also easily handled two of her prime derby rivals while winning her trial. She won her 400-yard trial by one length in 19.900 seconds over proven stakes horses Can Straw Fly and Gage Man.

The lightly raced Wildest Woman started only three times at 2 with one win. She has returned this year to win two of her four starts and qualify for the Casino Cash Derby.

Can Straw Fly finished second in the Sunland Fall Futurity, but is winless from three starts this year. Gage Man won the Casino Cash Derby, and his only setback from three starts this year was the third-place finish in his West Texas Derby trial.

Every winter trainer Ed Hardy brings a competitive string of stakes horses to Sunland Park from his summer base at Canterbury Downs, and he will have Sashay N Six in the West Texas Derby. The filly won the Grade 3, $56,175 Northlands Futurity at Canterbury, one of her seven wins from nine career starts. She won her West Texas Derby trial by a half-length in 20.329 seconds.