06/18/2003 11:00PM

Champions card draws top Cal-breds


Co-world champion Whosleavingwho will have a rematch with Catchmeinyourdreams, upset winner of the MBNA America California Challenge over Whosleavingwho on May 31, in the Grade 1, $159,100 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship during California Breeders Champions Night at Los Alamitos on Saturday.

The California Breeders Champions Night brings out the premier California-bred stakes horses, who compete for $918,250 in purses during the 14-race program. First post time is 6:30 p.m. Pacific.

In the California Challenge, 25-1 longshot Catchmeinyourdreams handed Whosleavingwho his second defeat in his last six starts. His other defeat was a very close second in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Champion-ship. Whosleavingwho's Grade 1 wins during the six-race stretch were the Champion of Champions, Go Man Go Invitational, and the Los Alamitos Winter Championship.

The Paul Jones-trained Whosleavingwho, owned by Jim Geiler and Kim Kessinger, shared the 2002 world championship with Streakin Sin Tacha.

Catchmeinyourdreams, trained by Christopher O'Dell for owner Kirk Goodfellow, scored the biggest win of his career when he won the California Challenge by a half-length over Whosleavingwho, the 3-10 favorite.

The richest race on the program is the Grade 1, $342,500 Governors Cup Futurity. The fastest qualifier was Righteous Brother, a full brother to the 2000 world champion, A Ransom.

The Connie Hall-trained Righteous Brother, owned by John and Kathie Bobenreith's Pazazz Quarter Horses Ltd., won his Governor's Cup trial by 1 3/4 lengths. He raced the 350 yards in 17.695 seconds for the fastest time from the seven trials on June 6.

The Paul Jones-trained Metallic Lion brings stakes seasoning into the Governor's Cup Futurity. He was second in the Grade 1, $400,000 Kindergarten, his sole defeat from four starts.

In the Grade 1, $135,000 Governor's Cup Derby, Magic and Rhythm appears to be ready to take a step up in class after winning two minor stakes this year at Los Alamitos. She won the second of three Governor's Cup Derby trials by 1 1/4 lengths over Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby winner Sum Special Strawfly.

Magic and Rhythm, owned by EG High Desert Farms and trained by Concepcion Balderrama, had a qualifying time of 19.665 seconds for the 400 yards, the quickest qualifying time from the three trials.

Coupers First Dash will defend her title in the Grade 3, $53,750 Matron Stakes for females at 400 yards. She will be challenged by Grade 2 La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Mini Rock, who is making her 2003 debut.

Classic Sassy Chic, who set the 350-yard world record of 17.13 seconds winning the Grade 1 Juvenile Championship Classic last fall, looks for her first 2003 stakes win in the inaugural running of the $27,850 Jens List Memorial for 3-year-olds at 400 yards. She will face the West Texas Derby runner-up, Fortune First, who comes off a Los Alamitos allowance win.

Futurity and Derby at Retama

Copa Show Girl, owned and trained by Dub Seeley, will try to prove her 13-1 trial victory wasn't a fluke in the Grade 1, $137,700 Retama Park Derby on Saturday.

Copa Show Girl, a finalist in the Grade 1 Heritage Place Derby, raced to her second win from seven starts this year with a three-quarters of a length trial win. Her time of 20.06 seconds for 400 yards was the top qualifying mark.

Brimmerton would make a statement in the juvenile division with a win in the Grade 1, $266,760 Retama Park Futurity on Sunday, closing night of the season.

Brimmerton, trained by John Buchanan for owner Bobby Cox, has done everything asked of him with two wins from as many starts, including being the fastest qualifier to the Retama Park Futurity. The First Down Dash son won the ninth of 11 trials on June 8 with a 17.88-second time for the 350 yards. This was a noteworthy .17 seconds quicker than second-fastest qualifier Little Boy Shake Em, a finalist in the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity.