03/16/2005 12:00AM

Dash on a Mission in deep field


Straw Fly Dreams heads the 3-year-old fillies in Friday's $30,000 La Pacifica Stakes, and Grade 1 winner Dash on a Mission meets a deep field of 3-year-olds in Saturday's $30,000 Dillingham Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Straw Fly Dreams showed promise in her most recent start, when she was a 1 1/4-length winner of the Belmont Shore Handicap on Feb. 19. She raced the La Pacifica distance of 350 yards in a fast 17.41 seconds for her first stakes win.

Dash on a Mission moved to the upper echelon of his division last fall when he won the Grade 1, $175,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship at Sam Houston Race Park. In his most recent start, on Feb. 25, he finished fourth in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby after being bumped.

Facing Dash on a Mission are the top two finishers in the $123,500 Maiden Stakes on March 5. LDS Dash for Dylan prevailed by a nose over The Shockwave in the Maiden Stakes, a race for 3-year-olds who were maidens as of Dec. 1.

Futurity trials bring out hopefuls

Untested 2-year-olds will make their futurity trial debuts in the trials to the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity on Friday afternoon at Sunland Park. The horses with the 10 fastest times from the eight 300-yard trials are eligible to race in the April 3 finals.

Juveniles showing potential include maiden winners Leading Spirit and Nube Viajera, each winners of their 300-yard maiden races by daylight, and Dashin DW, a nose winner of his debut.

'Deuces' needs top effort

Fastest qualifier Deuces Nonnegotiable will need his best effort to defeat proven stakes horses in the Grade 2, $126,231 West Texas Derby on Saturday at Sunland Park.

Deuces Nonnegotiable set the fastest qualifying time of 19.50 seconds for 400 yards while winning his trial on March 4. In his prior start, he won his maiden at Sunland.

He will be tested by Tell Em Im Gone, second in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity and third in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Million, and Cowboys N Injuns, winner of three straight races including the Grade 2 Sunland Fall Futurity.

Also on Saturday, Push the Pace and Special Task Force, who have met three times this year, head the trials to the Grade 1, $100,000 MBNA America New Mexico Challenge Championship.

Push the Pace defeated Special Task Force in the Grade 2 West Texas Maturity on Feb. 26, the most recent race for both. Earlier this year, Special Task Force won the KHEY Handicap and a West Texas Maturity trial over Push the Pace, who was runner-up.

Izyk after sixth straight

Izyk will complete his rise to the top of the 870-yard division if he can score his sixth straight win by taking the Grade 3, $63,450 MD Barns New Mexico Challenge Championship on Sunday at Sunland Park.

Izyk qualified for the finals with a late-running victory in his trial, where he was timed in 45.39 seconds for the 870 yards. He won his maiden in his first start at 870 yards on Sept. 19, then won three allowance races before his trial victory.

Vals Crystal Chick heads futurity

Vals Crystal Chick has an excellent chance to take Sunday's Grade 2, $161,771 Blue Ribbon Futurity at Blue Ribbon Downs if she can repeat her trial performance.

Making her career debut in her trial, she won by 1 1/4 lengths with the fastest qualifying time of 17.02 seconds for 330 yards. The next fastest qualifier, Eyesa First, was timed in 17.17.

Also on Sunday, fastest qualifier Field Advantage looks for his first stakes win in the Grade 3, $52,372 Blue Ribbon Derby after qualifying for the finals of two 2004 futurities.