06/15/2001 12:00AM

Dashin Bye seeks fourth win in five outs


Dashin Bye, third to champion Eyesa Special in the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity, seeks his fourth win in his last five outs in the Grade 3, $50,580 Bayer Legend New Mexico Challenge at Ruidoso Downs Sunday.

The race for 3-year-olds will be run over 400 yards with the winner receiving a berth in the Grade 1, $175,000 Bayer Legend Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos on Oct. 20.

Trained by Janet VanBebber and owned by Teddy Abrams Jr.', Dashin Bye gained attention at Lone Star Park last fall when he set a 350-yard track record with a 17.42-second clocking while winning an allowance race. After that win he came back to easily win his Texas Classic Futurity trial.

A son of First Down Dash, Dashin Bye then finished third in the Texas Classic Futurity on Nov. 25 and was given a winter's rest.

He made his 2001 debut on June 1 in the New Mexico Challenge trials and responded with a win by a neck over fellow qualifier Sir Braveheart.

Dashin Bye was timed in 20.183 seconds for the 400 yards, and has the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

Leaders Dash, owned by the strong SMS Racing stable and trained by Tony Sedillo, should be a factor on Sunday.

He ran third in the Grade 3 Albuquerque Spring Derby and then came back very strong to win his New Mexico Challenge trial over Royal Quick Diamond, a two-time stakes winner last summer at Los Alamitos.

Top qualifier honors went to Sammy and Johnny Martinez's Royals My Boy, who won his trial by a neck with a 20.052-second time for the 400 yards.

He is after his first stakes win after running third in a minor stakes at Blue Ribbon Downs last year.

Two finals set for Blue Ribbon

The versatile four-time stakes winner Dr Fortune will try to rebound after being upset in his trial when he starts in the Grade 3 $57,250 Bayer Legend Oklahoma Challenge for 3-year-olds on Sunday afternoon at Blue Ribbon Downs.

Also on the Sunday program is the Grade 3, $62,910 American Airlines Oklahoma Challenge for juveniles.

The winners of each stakes will qualify for Grade 1 Challenge races on Oct. 20 at Los Alamitos.

The Rex Brooks owned and trained Dr Fortune finished fourth in his trial after going off at 4-5 odds. Last year, he won four stakes at Blue Ribbons Downs at distances ranging from 220 to 400 yards.

This spring, Brooks ran Dr Fortune against older horses in the Grade 1 Oklahoma Challenge Championship at Remington Park and he was soundly defeated by 1999 world champion Tailor Fit.

Fastest qualifier Red Hot Desert and second-fastest qualifier Moms Birthday Boy will race as an entry for owner Michael Taylor and trainer D.B. Taylor. Red Hot Desert broke her maiden in her trial and Moms Birthday Boy defeated Dr Fortune.

In the American Airlines Oklahoma Challenge, Casey Humphery's Juno Corona is after her third straight win. A daughter of hot first-year sire Corona Cartel, Juno Corona won her trial with the fastest qualifying time, 17.796 seconds for the 350 yards.

Daniel Cox's Clara McRae, a Blue Ribbon Futurity finalist, won her trial with the second-fastest qualifying time, 18.008 seconds.