12/14/2006 1:00AM

Cee's the Point sharp for KLAQP


Cee's the Point has won 3 of his last 4 starts, and the sharp form coupled with his versatile running style could give him a slight edge Saturday in a competitive renewal of the $50,000 KLAQ Handicap at Sunland Park.

The 5 1/2-furlong race is for 3-year-olds and up, and it is one of three stakes on the opening weekend card. In other action, Rocky Gulch heads the $125,000 Johnie Jamison for New Mexico-breds, while Gotta Get will be aiming for his sixth straight win when he starts in the $125,000 Jess Burner Memorial, a restricted Grade 1 for Quarter Horses.

Cee's the Point has been on a roll since September, when he won a first-level allowance at Remington Park. He proceeded to finish second in an optional claimer in October, then came back and won an optional claimer in November and an overnight stakes at Zia Park in his last start Dec. 3.

"That horse is in good form right now," said Chris Hartman, who trains Cee's the Point.

Cee's the Point has raced on or just off the pace in his wins, and will shorten up from 6 1/2 furlongs for the KLAQ. He will break from post 6 under Ken Tohill.

"I think we're going to be laying right off the pace," said Hartman. "I think this horse can be laying third or fourth, right off of it, in a clocking position. We're going to get a nice warm pace up front, it looks like, and if those horses don't go, then we're going to be there."

Cee's the Point should be able to secure a tracking trip behind such quick rivals as Dangerous Devon and Lismore, who both exit a 1,000-yard stakes at Zia, and Diligent Prospect, who is making his first start since March.

A hot pace would benefit Halo's Tiger. He closed for third, beaten a neck, in an allowance at Remington that has already produced at least one return winner in Jonesboro, the runner-up, who went on to win the $100,000 Sam's Town at Delta Downs.

Another leading contender in the KLAQ is Orphan Brigade, who shipped to New Mexico earlier this year and won the $160,000 Premier Breeders' Cup at Zia.

Rocky Gulch is highweight in Jamison

Rocky Gulch is the 123-pound highweight in the Jamison, a 6 1/2-furlong race that drew 11, including Gulchrunssweet, a winner of five of his last six starts, and Ciento, an earner of $797,999 making his first start since April.

Rocky Gulch will be cutting back in distance for the Jamison following a win at a mile last out in the $212,000 New Mexico Cup Classic at Zia. To prepare for the cutback in distance he has run a series of bullet works. Travis Cunningham will ride for trainer Terry Walker.

The chief threat could be El Minuto, who finished a neck behind Rocky Gulch in second in the Classic. He is weighted at 117 pounds, and trainer Henry Dominguez has given the mount to Ken Tohill.

* Each of Gotta Get's last five wins have come in stakes, making him the one to beat in the Jess Burner.