04/16/2008 11:00PM

Buchanan has 3 threats in 2 Grade 1's


Owner Bobby Cox and trainer John Buchanan could have a big night during the first Grade 1 doubleheader of the Remington Park season on Saturday with fastest-qualifier Andorite in the $519,729 Remington Park Futurity and two horses in the $194,000 Remington Park Derby.

Andorite won the eighth of 10 trials, upsetting Grade 2 Blue Ribbon Futurity winner Spit Curl Diva, and leading five qualifiers from that trial into the finals. She won by three-quarters of a length over 4-5 favorite Spit Curl Diva in 17.996 seconds. Also qualifying from that trial were Oak College Special, Dashin Cant Wait, and Streakin Six Cartel.

Spit Curl Diva, the third-fastest qualifier, scored her only win from three starts when she upset the Blue Ribbon Futurity at 10-1 odds by 1 3/4 lengths.

Second-fastest qualifier Primed to Rock was the only horse in the trials to threaten Andorite's fastest-qualifying time. Making her second start, she was timed in 18.096 seconds time while winning by three-quarters of a length over ninth-fastest qualifier Sixes Cartel.

In the derby, Cox and Buchanan are represented by Coronas Fast Dash and Brighton Beach, the fifth- and sixth-fastest qualifiers.

Coronas Fast Dash is seeking his first stakes win after qualifying for the Grade 1 All American Futurity and Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity last year. He came off a five-month layoff to finish third in his derby trial.

Brighton Beach showed promise at 2 by finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and winning 4 of 7 starts. Brighton Beach was second in his trial behind $305,000 Southwest Juvenile Challenge winner Furrtreeous.

Furrtreeous should be dangerous in the derby. He made his first start in four months in the derby trials and defeated Brighton Beach by a half-length in 20.044 seconds for 400 yards. In the Southwest Juvenile, he defeated nine horses who had won or placed in a Grade 1 futurity. He has won 6 of 9 starts and $386,739.

Fastest-qualifier Eyesa Candy Maker raced to his fourth win from nine starts when he took his trial by a half-length in 19.974 seconds. He has yet to capture a stakes, but was third by a neck in the Grade 3 Black Gold Championship to close out last season.

Los Alamitos: A Stoli Mate appears solid

A Stoli Mate returns after winning the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship seven weeks ago in the $25,000 Kaweah Bar Handicap on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

The 4-year-old A Stoli Mate rolled to a three-quarter-length win in the Winter Championship over No Secrets Here, winner of the 2006 Grade 1, $2 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. He has won 3 of his last 4 starts with his sole setback a close second-place finish in the Grade 1 Southern California Derby as the even-money favorite.

Lassen County comes off an eventful run in the Katella Handicap. He crossed the finish line in second place, but was disqualified and placed seventh after veering in and bumping a rival. A year ago, he was second by a nose in the Grade 1 El Primero Del Ano Derby.

Sunland: Record setter in West Texas

Fast Prize Zoom, who set the 300-yard world record in her first start, makes her second start in the Grade 1, $300,492 West Texas Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park.

She made an extraordinary career debut in the West Texas Futurity trials when she raced the 300 yards in 14.87 seconds to eclipse the previous world and track record by .01 of a second. While many records at Sunland Park are wind aided, the infield flag was limp during Fast Prize Zoom's win by 2 1/2 lengths.

Wes Giles trains Fast Prize Zoom and will also saddle third-fastest qualifier Reacorona, who won her trial by 1 3/4 lengths in 15.048 seconds.

Trainer Carl Draper had an excellent afternoon during the April 4 trials, winning three of the 11 trials and qualifying four horses for the finals. Trial winners Jess Significant and LS Separatist both are now 2 for 2 lifetime, and trial winner Little Rebas Corona was second by a neck in her career debut.

Misty Blue Mercedes finished a close second in her trial for Draper while making her career debut. While she has the 10th-fastest qualifying time, she made a strong late bid and should step forward in the futurity at attractive odds.