11/06/2008 12:00AM

Chances Are I Wil tops 5-stakes card


Remington Park Championship winner Chances Are I Wil tops the Grade 1, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship, which heads the five Grade 1 races during Challenge Championship night Saturday at Evangeline Downs.

The other Grade 1 stakes are the $200,000 Bayer Legend Derby Challenge Championship, $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship, and the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship. The other Challenge-sponsored stakes on the program is the Grade 2, $150,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship. Also on the card is the Grade 1, $545,689 LQHBA Futurity for Louisiana-breds.

Chances Are I Wil, winner of 6 of 9 lifetime starts, has steadily moved up the class ladder and is riding a two-race winning streak in graded stakes, each at the Challenge Championship distance of 440 yards. Two starts ago, the 4-year-old gelding dominated the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship by 2 1/4 lengths and then won the Grade 2 Bank of America Central Challenge Championship by 1 1/2 lengths at Prairie Meadows.

In the 400-yard Bayer Legend Derby Challenge, Decati comes off a third-place effort in the Grade 1, $1,066,000 All American Derby behind Noconi and champion Heartswideopen. Noconi went on to win the Grade 2 Hobbs America Derby, and Heartswideopen won the Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies at Ruidoso Downs before the All American Derby.

Meeting Decati is Jess My Moon, winner of the Grade 3 Bayer Legend New Mexico Derby Challenge and a close fourth after a troubled start in the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby on Oct. 3.

The 870-yard Red Cell Distance Challenge showcases Tricky Dust, who may earn his first championship this year as an 8-year-old. The brother to champion Prankster CF won the Grade 2 Red Cell New Mexico Distance Challenge at Sunland Park and was named Ruidoso Downs distance horse of the meet for the fourth straight year. He won two 870-yard stakes at Ruidoso Downs, capped by the Brigand Handicap for the fourth consecutive running.

A wide-open 400-yard Merial Distaff Challenge has Eye Caughtcha Peekin competing for the third straight year. She won the 2006 running and was a lackluster fifth last year. She is back in top form, with two wins and a second in minor stakes in her latest three starts.

In the 350-yard Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship, Unbridled Jet is after his fourth win in his last five starts. During this stretch, he won the Ford West/Southwest Juvenile Challenge and was second in the Intermountain Futurity.

The LQHBA Futurity is more than a supporting feature, with Jet Black Patriot leading the qualifiers. The strapping colt made his first start in the trials after finishing second in the Grade 1, $1,900,000 All American Futurity and dominated the fourth of 15 trials with a 2 1/4-length trial win over second-fastest qualifier Martini Mountain. Jet Black Patriot's fastest qualifying time was 19.802 seconds for 400 yards.

One Famous Eagle heads Super Derby

One Famous Eagle, 4 for 4 this year, continues his bid for a possible world championship as the favorite in the Grade 1, $933,750 Los Alamitos Super Derby on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

The John Bassett-trained colt won the Grade 1 Golden State Derby two starts ago by 1 1/2 lengths in a stakes-record 19.30 seconds for 400 yards, the distance of the Super Derby. He then won his Super Derby trial by a half-length, with the fastest qualifying time of 19.465 seconds. Riding a six-race winning streak, One Famous Eagle concluded his juvenile season with a narrow win in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million.

Challenging One Famous Eagle is Grade 1, $250,000 Mildred Vessels Handicap winner Stylish Jess BR and four horses from the Felipe Quintero stable, including Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby runner-up Magic Show Czech and Winter Derby third-place finisher My Lady First.

Hubbard sends five in N.M. Cup Futurity

Five horses owned or co-owned by R.D. Hubbard highlight the Grade 1, $305,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity, the richest race on the stakes-filled New Mexico Classic Cup card for New Mexico-breds Sunday at Zia Park.

Hubbard owns or co-owns an interest in Wildside, The Sixy Side, Zamron, Man N Charge, and Cartel Power.

Hubbard's homebred The Sixy Side, a half-sister to champion Ketel Won, has won her latest two starts and was third in the Ruidoso Juvenile behind PB and Crackers, who went on to finish second in the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity.

Another Hubbard homebred, Man N Charge, has won 3 of 6 starts and is a half-brother to Zia Park 440-yard track-record holder Planet Holland.

In the Grade 1, $147,500 New Mexico Cup Derby, Tunes is after her fourth straight win. She won the Grade 3 New Mexico Breeders Derby two starts ago as the even-money choice.

Hottest Game in Town topped the qualifiers, with a time of 21.065 seconds for 440 yards.