03/12/2003 12:00AM

Carter reaches magical number 2,000, ninth to do so

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Jockey G. R. Carter Jr. became the ninth Quarter Horse jockey to reach 2,000 career wins when Speeding Apollo won the fourth race at Sunland Park Tuesday afternoon.

Carter's career highlights include winning the 1998 All American Futurity with Falling in Love Again, last year's Los Alamitos Million with First Place Queen, and the Heritage Place Futurity a record five times.

Carter's mounts have earned $21.7 million, fourth on the all-time list.

Almost Flyin in Carmel

All American Futurity finalist Almost Flyin and Truly Tia, each coming off quick allowance wins, meet in the $15,000 Carmel Handicap at 350 yards Friday night at Los Alamitos.

Almost Flyin comes off a three-quarter-length allowance win in 17.66 seconds for 350 yards.

Bob Grime's Truly Tia, from the stable of leading trainer Paul Jones, finished second in two minor stakes races before her recent 350-yard allowance win in an excellent 17.55 seconds.

Your First Moon, 2001 champ, in Ashment

Champion Your First Moon, who has made just two starts since winning the 2001 Los Alamitos Million, looks for her first stakes win since the Million in the $25,000 Ivan Ashment Handicap for fillies and mares at Los Alamitos Saturday night.

Your First Moon was named the 2001 champion 2-year-old after Grade 1 wins in the Million and the Governor's Cup Futurity. Since then injuries and surgery have interrupted her career. In her comeback Feb. 1 she won an allowance race by a half-length.

Futurity season starts

The 2003 futurity season starts with the Grade 2, $174,510 Longhorn Futurity Saturday at Manor Downs near Austin, Texas, and the Grade 1, $131,337 Blue Ribbon Futurity Sunday at Blue Ribbon Downs, in Sallisaw, Okla.

Trainer Jose Garza has the two fastest qualifiers for the 300-yard Longhorn Futurity, Doin Some Zoomin and Lavishly Royal. Doin Some Zoomin won her trial by one length in 15.69 seconds for 300 yards, the fastest time from 12 trials on March 1. Lavishly Royal won her trial by a head.

The Blue Ribbon Futurity features fastest qualifier She Whispers, who topped the eight trials on March 1 when she won in 17.398 seconds for 330 yards.

She Whispers is one of four finalists trained by Rex Brooks. His other qualifiers are Federal Cash, Sixing, and Mocashment.

Grade 1 winners in Longhorn Derby

The Grade 3, $79,800 Longhorn Derby at Manor Downs Sunday will feature Grade 1 winners Oak Tree Special and Shake Em White, who finished one-two in their trial.

Oak Tree Special won the Grade 1, $276,000 TQHA Sale Futurity and Shake Em White won the Grade 1, $260,550 Retama Park Futurity.

Shake Em Wizar topped the qualifiers when he won the fourth of four trials in 17.78 seconds for 350 yards over a muddy track.

Sterling Sport, Classy Shot Glass meet

Sterling Sport and Classy Shot Glass, the winners of the two trials held on Feb. 28, meet in the Grade 3, $57,420 John Deere New Mexico Challenge at 870 yards on Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park.

Sterling Sport led the qualifiers with a 44.734-second time for the 870 yards.

Classy Shot Glass was a trial winner in 44.948 seconds, the third-fastest qualifying time.

Last year, Sterling Sport and Classy Shot Glass each won three stakes races.