10/19/2004 11:00PM

Heza Secret Diamond on a roll

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Ed Burke Memorial Futurity winner Heza Secret Diamond shoots for his third straight win when he runs in the fifth of 10 trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Golden State Futurity on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the trials qualify for the finals on Nov. 7.

Heza Secret Diamond finished first in three straight races this summer, including a three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Futurity on July 31, his most recent start. On June 1, he finished first in his Governor's Cup Futurity trial, but was disqualified for interference. He then came back to win his Ed Burke trial and the finals.

Heza Secret Diamond will be tested by Ruidoso Futurity winner All About Ease, who makes her first Los Alamitos appearance after having won 6 of 7 starts. All About Ease's only setback was a third-place finish in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity.

The trial is also the Los Alamitos debut for All About Ease's trainer, Mike Joiner, whose 11 stakes wins in 2004 rank second in the nation.

Governor's Cup Futurity winner Ocean Runaway is rested and should be fresh for the fourth trial. He won the 350-yard Governor's Cup Futurity in a stakes-record 17.39 seconds and then finished second behind Rainbow Futurity winner Thewayouwantmetoo in their All American Futurity trial, his most recent start, Aug. 19.

In the night's final trial, PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Chicks Like Us will meet Devons Signature, who was third in the All American Futurity, and Have a Coronary, who was seventh. Chicks Like Us closed strongly in the 350-yard Breeders Futurity and should thrive at the 400-yard distance of the Golden State trials.

Be a Bono well rested for return

The undefeated Be a Bono, winner of seven starts, including three Grade 1 stakes, will compete in the trials to the Grade 1, $650,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby.

The horses with the 10 fastest times in the two trials qualify for the Nov. 5 derby, and the derby winner will receive an invitation to the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions.

Trainer Dan Francisco has found the winning pattern with Be a Bono. Between major races this year, Be a Bono has been freshened at owner Spencer Childers's ranch, prepped at a training facility, and then returned to Francisco's barn at Los Alamitos. That routine has resulted in wins in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby on Feb. 27 and the Grade 1 Spencer Childers California Championships over older horses June 19, his latest race.

Hawkish, the 2003 champion 2-year-old colt, comes off his first victory in a year. On Oct. 1 he scored a half-length win in the PCQHRA Breeders in 19.64 seconds for 400 yards. He dominated the Los Alamitos juvenile ranks in the summer of 2003, with Grade 1 wins in the Kindergarten, Ed Burke Futurity, and the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity.

Los Alamitos Million winner A Regal Choice, who has earned $605,200, makes his first start at Los Alamitos since February. Since then he has made four starts at Ruidoso Downs, with two wins and an eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 All American Derby. A Regal Choice banked the majority of his earnings in the Los Alamitos Million, in which he finished a nose behind Corona for Me but was awarded first-place after Corona for Me was disqualified.