11/20/2002 12:00AM

Class may tell tale for Chiarascuro


MBNA America California Challenge winner Chiarascuro heads the 13 horses trying to earn the final berths in the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions by competing in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

There are two Directors Trials, both to be run at 400 yards with $20,000 purses. The three fastest qualifiers will be assured berths in the Champion of Champions on Dec. 14 at Los Alamitos.

The qualifiers from the Directors trials will meet the seven horses who have qualified for the Champion of Champions by winning selected Grade 1 stakes. They are A Ransom, Vessels Maturity and Los Alamitos Championship winner; Corona Kool, Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner; Whosleavingwho, Go Man Go Handicap winner; Genuine Strawfly, All American Derby winner; Streakin Sin Tacha, MBNA America Challenge Championship winner; Bugs By Yawl, Remington Park Championship winner; and Miami Cartel, Los Alamitos Derby winner.

Chiarascuro, trained by Paul Jones, has been in contention versus the top older horses at Los Alamitos. He finished second to probable Champion of Champions favorite A Ransom, third behind A Ransom and Whosleavingwho, and third to Corona Kool.

Meeting Chiarascuro in the first trial will be Dinastia Toll and Running Bac, the winners of two major filly-mare stakes this fall at Los Alamitos.

Dinastia Toll, a Brazilian import trained by Danny Cardoza, defeated Corona Kool and Running Bac in the Grade 2, $54,000 Las Damas Handicap on Oct. 5.

Running Bac won her first four starts this year, including the Grade 1, $110,000 Mildred Vessels Handicap on Sept. 7, before finishing third in the Las Damas.

Jess Louisiana Blue, who heads the second trial, traveled to Los Alamitos after running second to Streakin Sin Tacha in the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship at Lone Star Park on Nov. 2.

Challenging Jess Louisiana Blue are Royal Dip, winner of the Ford California Challenge, and A Secret Account, winner of three of his last four starts.

Baltimore Lou packs top weight

Baltimore Lou, winner of the West/Southwest Distaff Challenge, will carry highweight of 126 pounds in the $20,000 Kool Kue Baby Handicap for fillies and mares over 400 yards on Friday night at Lone Star Park.

Baltimore Lou is in top form, coming of a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Ford Distaff Challenge Championship. She is enjoying her best season as a 5-year-old with two stakes wins and two seconds in stakes from eight starts.

Six Little Injuns heads Distance Championship

The 5-year-old Six Little Injuns, who had not won a stakes before this year, goes for his sixth stakes win of 2002 in the Grade 3, $20,000 Lone Star Distance Championship on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Six Little Injuns is making his first appearance since finishing a close second in the Grade 1, $75,000 MCI Distance Challenge on Nov. 2. He finished a head behind Classy Shot Glass.

His five stakes wins include the Red River Handicap at Lone Star and the Grade 3 East Distance Challenge at Delta Downs.