10/31/2001 1:00AM

Cox to defend contest title at Lone Star


Eddie Cox Jr. is set to defend his title Friday night in the second annual American Quarter Horse Association Jockey Championship at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.

The winner is determined by the highest number of points from four starter allowance races at distances from 350 to 550 yards.

Cox's mounts have earned more than $1.2 million this year, and he is the regular rider of Shining Sky, the top 2-year-old in Texas.

Three riders who have been named the AQHA champion jockey - Joe Badilla Jr., G.R. Carter Jr., and Jacky Martin - will also compete. This title is awarded to the sport's leading rider for a calendar year. Badilla is a three-time winner, Carter is a two-time winner, and Martin won the title last year.

Also competing are Alvin "Bubba" Brossette, Dennis Means, Gilbert Ortiz, Dusty Stimpson, Sam Thompson, and Juan Vazquez.

The 10 participants in the AQHA Jockey Championship have combined to win more than 12,800 races, and their mounts have earned over $111 million.

Lone Star Park and participating outlets will again offer the All-Star Wager during this year's Jockey Championship. The $2 proposition bet enables patrons to make win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta wagers on the jockeys competing in the four championship races. Last year, a $2 win ticket on Cox returned $23.80.

One percent of the handle on the four championship races will be donated to the National Jockeys' Guild's Disabled Riders Fund.

Tres Seis heads Golden State Futurity

All American Futurity runner-up Tres Seis ranks as the choice in the Grade 1, $694,566 Golden State Futurity on Saturday night at Los Alamitos after setting the fastest qualifying time in the trials.

The John Bassett-trained Tres Seis made an impressive Los Alamitos debut when he sped to a 1 1/2-length win in his Golden State Futurity trial on Oct. 19. His time of 19.900 seconds was the quickest from the eight trials.

"He veered in but recovered nicely," jockey Joe Badilla Jr. said after the trial win. "He was too much for this field. He'll have his hands full in the final, so we'll have to be just as good then."

Tres Seis, owned by Gwendolyn Eaves and her family, picked up a $333,000 paycheck when he ran second, beaten a neck, to stablemate Ausual Suspect in the All American Futurity on Labor Day.

The second-place finish in the All American Futurity is the only setback for Tres Seis in his last four starts. He won his All American Futurity trial and was the second-fastest qualifier.

The Golden State Futurity's second-fastest qualifier, Winner Wants Cash, has shown talent, but has yet to pick up the big win for his owners, Dutch Masters III (James Streelman, Denny Boer, and Doug Benson).

Winner Wants Cash was supplemented at a cost of $50,000 to the All American Futurity and ran a game race in the trials, winning by a head over Ruidoso Futurity winner Red Clay of Texas. His time, however, missed making the finals by less than four-hundredths of a second. He ran in the 15th trial, and all of the finalists came out of the first nine trials.

Winner Wants Cash ran third in the $186,647 All American Futurity consolation.

Trainer Jaimie Gomez brought Winner Wants Cash back to Los Alamitos and he won his Golden State Futurity trial by 1 1/2 lengths with the second-fastest time of 19.910 seconds for the 400 yards.

Dutch Masters III will also be represented in the Golden State Futurity by Oxygen, who has finished in the top three in seven of eight starts with a third in the Oceanside Handicap.

- additional reporting by Mary Rampellini