01/03/2007 12:00AM

Highweights seek first stakes win


Ladies Boots and First to Adore try for their first stakes wins when they share high weight of 125 pounds in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies racing 350 yards in the $38,050 Denim N Diamonds Handicap at Los Alamitos on Friday night.

Ladies Boots was favored to win her first stakes in her most recent out when she was the 5-2 choice in the Mini Rock Handicap, but came up three-quarters of a length short and settled for second. She was favored after winning three races and running eighth in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity in her previous four starts.

First to Adore has 3 wins and 2 thirds from 6 starts. Her wins came in the trials to Grade 1 futurities, and she finished third in the Grade 1 Governor's Cup Futurity.

Apollitical Time in Charger Bar

Apollitical Time, a favorite for the 2006 champion aged mare title, starts her 5-year-old campaign by meeting Grade 2 Las Damas Handicap winner Blazin Fire at 400 yards in the Grade 1, $125,000 Charger Bar Handicap at Los Alamitos on Saturday night.

The 2005 champion 3-year-old filly, Apollitical Time stepped up to the aged division last year to win 5 of 7 starts, with Grade 1 victories in the Los Alamitos Championship and the Mildred Vessels Invitational Handicap. She also won the Grade 2 MBNA America California Challenge in 21.18 seconds for 440 yards, just 0.01 off Dash for Cash's track record set in 1976.

Apollitical Time was sent off as the 19-10 favorite in the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions, her most recent start. She finished fourth, beaten by a half-length, after being bumped at the start.

Blazin Fire has been one of the premier distaffers at Los Alamitos. She just hasn't been able to beat Apollitical Time, finishing seventh at 28-1 in the Champion of Champions and second in the Mildred Vessels. She did win the Las Damas and the John Deere California Distaff Challenge, races without Apollitical Time.

Remember Me Rose tops futurity

Remember Me Rose figures to be the strongest of favorites in the Grade 2, $188,617 Sunland Park Winter Futurity on Saturday afternoon after winning her latest three starts, including two stakes, and cruising to the fastest qualifying time in her trial.

Remember Me Rose is a short-list contender for the 2006 champion 2-year-old filly title with six wins and a pair of seconds from nine starts. She was the fifth-place finisher in the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity.

She came to Ruidoso Downs after winning the Ford Mexico Juvenile Challenge and won her trial to the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity in her American debut. She was the odds-on favorite in the Rainbow Futurity and finished second behind longshot Big Time Hero.

Trainer Ben Torres wisely gave Remember Me Rose a nine-week breather after the All American Futurity on Labor Day, and she responded with a win in the Grade 2, $150,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship at Lone Star Park. She then won the $300,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park over nine 2-year-olds who had won or placed in Grade 1 futurities. The second- and third-place finishers were each two-time Grade 1 futurity winners.

Remember Me Rose has maintained her peak form, winning her 400-yard Winter Futurity trial in 19.222 seconds while defeating second-fastest qualifier Happy Streaker by 1 3/4 lengths.

Happy Streaker came into their trial off a win over fillies in the Joe Turner Stakes at Lone Star Park.

Angelina Ballerina, fifth behind Remember Me Rose in the Southwest Juvenile Championship, raced to her best stakes efforts early last year when she was second in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity and the Grade 1 Retama Futurity. She won her Winter Futurity trial with the eighth-fastest time.