06/11/2002 11:00PM

Futurity winner eyes derby


Eye My Alexis, winner of last year's Oklahoma Horseman's Association Futurity, will try to take the 3-year-old counterpart - the Grade 3, $58,000 Oklahoma Horseman's Association Derby - at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday.

The Don Mourning-trained Eye My Alexis picked up her first win from four starts this year, winning the fourth of four derby trials by one length in 17.811 seconds for the 350 yards. It is the fastest qualifying mark.

In addition to winning last year's Oklahoma Horseman's Association Futurity, Eye My Alexis was second in the Grade 2 Kansas Jackpot Futurity and qualified for the finals of the Grade 2 Manor Downs Futurity.

Second-fastest qualifier Chelsie Lu also gained her first 2002 victory, with a trial win in 17.820 seconds. Last year she was second in a division of the Bob Moore Handicap at Remington Park.

Eye My Alexis drew post 9 and Chelsie Lu has the outside post in the 10-horse field.

Improving gelding in futurity

Apollos Ten Bears, who takes a step forward with each start, shoots for his third straight win in the Grade 3, $72,000 Oklahoma Horseman's Association Futurity at Fair Meadows on Saturday.

Trained by Ed Hardy, Apollos Ten Bears was fourth in his career debut but came back to win his maiden by a nose at Remington Park. He then ran the fastest qualifying time (350 yards in 17.936 seconds), winning the fourth of six futurity trials on June 3. He won by a neck over second-fastest qualifier Chase This, winner of her two previous career starts.

Royal Baby Sister blows into finals

Royal Baby Sister, winner of the 2001 Grade 3 Cajun Kindergarten Futurity, topped four wind-driven trials on May 31 to head the 3-year-olds in the Grade 3, $57,780 Bayer Legend New Mexico Challenge on Saturday at Ruidoso Downs.

Royal Baby Sister ran a quick 19.717-second time over 400 yards in her fastest-qualifier trial win. A 15-20 mph tailwind was present for each trial.

Royal Baby Sister, trained by K.C. Carden, defeated Grade 2 Kansas Futurity third-place finisher Shannons Dash and Grade 3 Casino Cash Derby winner Dunit Runnin in their trial.

Two-time graded stakes winner Its Called Splash qualified for the finals while defeating two other qualifiers in his trial, including West Texas Derby winner Fortune Flyer.

Laddie, Lassie at Yavapai Downs

Fastest-qualifier Takhomeasakofcash heads the $20,000 Laddie Futurity, and trainer Raul Hernandez has five horses in the finals of the $20,000 Lassie Futurity at Yavapai Downs near Prescott, Ariz., on Sunday.

Takhomeasakofcash, runner-up in the AQRA President's Futurity, won his Laddie trial in 18.02 seconds for the 350 yards while defeating Chicks Shake Em by 1 1/4 lengths.

In the Lassie Futurity trials a timer malfunction led to officials determining the finalists by their trial finishing positions.

Hernandez had Watchin the Rain, Sky Hitter, NN Rock N Effort, Totally a Looker, and Alecs Royal Rocker all make the finals.