01/29/2004 1:00AM

Chicks Charger Easy makes 2004 debut


Chicks Charger Easy, who concluded his 2003 season with a win in the Sam Houston Stakes at Los Alamitos on Nov. 1, should be favored in his 2004 debut, when he runs in the Grade 3, $26,650 Moonshiner Handicap on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Chicks Charger Easy will carry high weight of 124 pounds in the Moonshiner, which is run over 870 yards.

John Cooper, who trained three-time distance champion Sign of Lanty, prepared Chicks Charger Easy for his return to racing with a crisp 33.80-second work over 660 yards Jan. 17.

A 6-year-old gelding, Chicks Charger Easy has been a leading member of the Los Alamitos distance ranks for several years. Last year, in addition to his Sam Houston Stakes win, he finished second behind stablemate Harbor Beach in the California Distance Challenge Championship.

Danzhound, a Thoroughbred from northern California making his Los Alamitos debut in the Moonshiner, will be racing against Quarter Horses for the first time. In his last three starts, he showed early speed in allowance races this winter at Golden Gate Field. The Moonshiner will mark Danzhound's first try at handling the tight turn on the five-furlong Los Alamitos oval, where he will break from post 3 in the six-horse field.

My Son Jeremy was fourth behind Chicks Charger Easy at 17-1 in the Sam Houston. My Son Jeremy then dropped into the claiming ranks and posted a front-running victory at the $16,000 level before being beaten as the favorite in his most recent start.

Bullisa returns in KHEY

Stakes winner Bullisa is part of a deep field of fillies and mares in the Grade 3, $50,000 KHEY Handicap at Sunland Park on Saturday. The KHEY will be her first start since she won the Kool Kue Baby Handicap at Lone Star Park on Nov. 21.

Bullisa has finished first or second in six of her last eight starts, all against allowance or stakes

company. She has raced against stronger competition than she faces Saturday, including a second-place effort behind champion A Real Man in the Sooner State Stakes at Remington Park last summer.

Wagons Maiden is taking on open company after beating New Mexico-bred fillies and mares as the 7-5 favorite in the Lou Wooten Handicap on Dec. 20. She is one of the premier statebred mares of recent years, with nine wins and earnings of $393,823 from 21 starts, primarily against New Mexico-breds.

Bullisa and Wagons Maiden share top weight of 124 pounds in the 10-horse field.

Copafly comes off two allowance wins at Sunland Park, including a quick 17.32-second win at the KHEY distance of 350 yards. She is taking a step up in class off a record of four wins, a second, and a third in her last eight starts.