09/12/2007 11:00PM

Country Chicks Man continues comeback

EmailCountry Chicks Man makes his second Los Alamitos start in the Grade 1, $100,000 Go Man Go on Saturday night.

Country Chicks Man made his other start locally in the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions last Dec. 9 and ran a close third behind 2006 world champion Wave Carver and 2004 world champion Be a Bono, each of whom has made the overwhelming majority of their starts at Los Alamitos.

Earlier this year, the Sparky Mullins-owned and -trained Country Chicks Man returned to racing from the breeding shed to win the Sooner Stakes for the third straight year. He then won the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship before shipping to Los Alamitos earlier this week.

"It was a two-day trip" from Oklahoma, Mullins said. "I think he's going to do well."

FDD Dynasty and Leading Spirit will challenge the 6-year-old Country Chicks Man.

FDD Dynasty earned the 2006 champion 2-year-old colt title after winning the Grade 1, $1.2 million Ed Burke Million, finishing second by a head in the Grade 1, $2 million Los Alamitos Two Million, and finishing third in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Golden State Million.

This year, he has won his two starts, including the Grade 1 Governor's Cup Derby as the 1-5 favorite in his most recent start. He took command early in the 400-yard derby and cruised to the neck win in 19.46 seconds.

FDD Dynasty is being syndicated and will stand the 2008 season at Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, Calif. - the home of his sire, First Down Dash, the all-time leading sire.

Leading Spirit could be returning to his juvenile form of 2005 when he won his first seven starts, including the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

After two losses from two Ruidoso Downs starts last year, he joined the Paul Jones barn at Los Alamitos this season. He turned in the fastest 350-yard work ever at Los Alamitos - 17.5 seconds - and then finished third to champion Strawkins in the Grade 2 Bank of America California Challenge.

"He ran a good third against a real tough field, and I don't think he ran his best race," Jones said.

Angelas Toast makes his Los Alamitos debut after winning 16 of 23 career starts in Louisiana, primarily against Louisiana-bred competition. An earner of more than $500,000, Angelas Toast has six stakes wins and a second from seven starts this year. He comes off a daylight win in the Louisiana Downs Championship Classic on July 21.

Unbeaten filly in Valley Junction

The undefeated JA Desert Evening brings her 4-for-4 record into the Grade 2 Valley Junction Futurity at Prairie Meadows on Saturday night.

Her record includes a three-quarter-length victory in the restricted Iowa Black Gold Futurity, a race for offspring of subscribed stallions.

Also in the Valley Junction is fastest qualifier Britts Special Eyes, winner of her trial at 42-1 odds over two-time futurity winner Twist Off, the second-fastest qualifier.