11/01/2002 1:00AM

Fastest vs. fastest in Evergreen


PORTLAND, Ore. - The 10 fastest qualifiers from two trial heats at Portland Meadows on Oct. 20 will compete for a purse of $31,852 in Sunday's Evergreen Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at 400 yards.

The trials were won by Phils Dash Ta Fame and Jrs Four by Four in the nearly identical times of 20.49 and 20.55, respectively, but the manner in which they registered those clockings differed markedly.

Phils Dash Ta Fame, a Baxter Andruss-trained son of Dash Ta Fame who races for Chris Philbrook, broke from the favorable 8 post and was always in front, drawing off to win by a half-length over Frankly Floyd with Tadd Skaggs in the irons. The win was the fifth from eight starts for Phils Dash Ta Fame, who was favored at 7-10.

Jrs Four By Four also broke from post 8, but he stumbled badly at the start and came from well back under David Brown to score by a half-length over Runnin With the Cash despite bearing out late. That was the fourth win from 11 starts for Jrs Four by Four, a Judge Cash gelding who is owned by Veral Hodges and trained by John Harris. Jrs Four by Four was the second choice at 2-1 in the trial, but seems likely to be favored on Sunday considering the trouble he overcame in his last outing. He drew post 6; Phils Dash Ta Fame will start from the extreme outside in the Evergreen Futurity, which will go as the fourth race on a 10-race card that gets under way at 1 p.m. Pacific.

The Thoroughbred feature, a mile test for older $5,000 claimers, is slated as race eight. Spit 'N Nickles heads the field of six, which will vie for a purse of $4,000.

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