03/14/2002 1:00AM

Experience missing in Longhorn


Fastest qualifier Special Red Warrior leads the greenest-of-the-green 2-year-olds in the Grade 2, $119,200 Longhorn Futurity on Saturday at Manor Downs near Austin, Texas.

All of the 10 finalists made their career debuts in the nine trials at 300 yards on March 2. Those trials were run in wind gusts up to 25 mph that varied from tailwind to crosswind.

Special Red Warrior, owned by Severino Gonzalez and trained by Joe Garza, emerged from his trial with a dominating 2 1/4-length win in 15.473 seconds for the 300 yards, the fastest qualifying time by .12 seconds over Zip First.

Zip First rallied to win his trial by an expanding 1 1/2 lengths.

Remington opens for trials

Remington Park will open for a single day on Saturday to conduct trials to the $118,000-estimated Lazy E Derby and the $170,000-estimated Lazy E Futurity.

The remaining 33 dates of the Quarter Horse season will begin April 5. There will be no racing from Saturday until the April 5 opening.

The Derby trials feature Corona Music, second in the Grade 1, $1,256,000 Los Alamitos Million, and Bermuda Blue, a finalist in the Grade 1, $925,000 Texas Classic Futurity.

All of the Futurity trial participants will be making their career debuts.

The Lazy E races are restricted to offspring of stallions standing at Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Okla., including leading sires Corona Cartel and Holland Ease.

Sign of Lanty tries to rebound

Two-time reigning champion distance horse Sign of Lanty will try to rebound from a trial defeat in the Grade 3, $25,000 New Mexico Challenge Championship over 870 yards at Sunland Park on Sunday.

Sign of Lanty, the 3-5 favorite owned by Rod and Jackie MacPherson, finished three-quarters of a length behind fastest qualifier JJs Shot of Class in the second of two trials.

Trained by John Cooper, Sign of Lanty, winner of 16 stakes races at 870 yards, finished in a dead heat for first in his start before the New Mexico Challenge trials, toting 130 pounds in The Moonshiner Handicap at Los Alamitos.

JJs Shot of Class, owned by Sandy Erwin and trained by James Lackey, scored his third straight win at 870 yards by winning his trial. He started his current winning streak at the $20,000 claiming level and then took an allowance race before defeating Sign of Lanty in their trial.

JJs Shot of Class shares fastest-qualifier status with Rock N Strawfly. They each raced the 870 yards in 44.765 seconds to win their trials.

The winner qualifies for the Grade 1 MCI Challenge Championship - a race Sign of Lanty has won the past two years - at Lone Star Park on Nov. 2.