01/22/2003 12:00AM

Championship voting will be scrutinized


The American Quarter Horse Association will evaluate the championship voting procedures at their upcoming convention, March 7-11, in Anaheim, Calif.

Possible changes are in store after the 2002 championship voting, in which Streakin Sin Tacha and Whosleavingwho, a pair of aged geldings, shared the world championship, but only Streakin Sin Tacha was named champion aged gelding and champion aged horse.

"One possibility is that we could go to conducting as many as six elections," Dan Fick, the AQHA executive director of racing, said. This potential six-tiered election process, including runoffs, would have people voting in each category (i.e. aged gelding), then each division (i.e. aged horse) and then world champion. If a runoff at each tier is warranted, there would be six elections.

Charger Bar fogged out, rescheduled

Heavy fog forced the postponement of the Grade 1, $127,800 Charger Bar Handicap from last Saturday's card at Los Alamitos to this Saturday's program.

The final three races on Saturday's 10-race program were called off after fog covered the track.

The Charger Bar, for females at 400 yards, was not redrawn. It will run with the original horses and post positions.

Sharing high wight of 126 pounds for the Charger Bar are Corona Kool, a two-time champion, and Dinastia Toll, a Brazilian import.

Corona Kool trained by Donna McArthur, won the inaugural running of the Charger Bar Handicap in 2001, the year she was named champion aged mare. She was also the 1999 champion 2-year-old filly.

Last year, Corona Kool won the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship and was second to Dinastia Toll in the Grade 2 Las Damas Handicap.

Dinastia Toll, trained by Danny Cardoza, has won 5 of 8 starts since arriving at Los Alamitos from Brazil last spring. She won the Las Damas Handicap and her Z. Wayne Griffin Directors' Trial.

Also in the Charger Bar are 2002 champion 3-year-old filly First Regards and 2002 Mildred Vessels Handicap winner Running Bac.

Beauty North makes Los Al debut

Beauty North, winner of eight straight races in Mexico for owner Armando Leon, makes her Los Alamitos debut in the $15,000 Marina Del Rey Handicap on Friday night.

In her only other North American start, she was fifth in the Grade 1 MBNA America Challenge Derby Championship at Lone Star Park on Nov. 2. In Mexico, she won the Mexico Derby and the Bayer Legend Mexico Challenge.

Saturdays Promise to try 550 yards

Saturdays Promise - winless at up to 350 yards, but 2 for 2 at 870 yards - will try 550 yards in the $25,000 Super Bowl Handicap for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Saturdays Promise was winless in his first eight starts, all maiden claiming races on the Los Alamitos straightaway. Then his trainer, Dan Francisco, sent him around the turn going 870 yards and he has won his last two starts.