04/29/2008 11:00PM

Hubbard heads to Hall of Fame


Horse and track owner R.D. Hubbard and jockey Jerry Nicodemus lead the 2009 class into the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.

Inductions will be held during the 2009 AQHA Convention next March 4-11 in San Antonio.

Hubbard bought his first Quarter Horse in 1960 and he has raced more than 70 stakes winners who have earned 14 championship titles. His champions include two-time champion Denim N Diamonds and the 2007 champion aged horse Ketel Won, who will race this year.

He was named the 2000 NTRA Man of the Year and won the 2003 Gordon Crone Award from AQHA.

Hubbard is the majority owner of Ruidoso Downs and was the primary owner of Hollywood Park. He owns Crystal Springs Farm in Tularosa, N.M., which is in its first season of operation.

Nicodemus rode many major stakes winners for Hubbard, including Denim N Diamonds, and other owners. He won the Grade 1 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs three times and was a steward in New Mexico until last fall. He is overseeing the construction of a breeding farm in Roswell, N.M. He will manage the completed farm.

Clydette Mia seeks fourth straight

Clydette Mia shoots for her fourth straight win and first stakes win in the $35,000 Miss Princess Handicap on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

Clydette Mia started her streak at the $50,000 claiming level in January and then won two conditioned allowance races. In her most recent start, she won a second-level allowance race by three-quarters of a length.

Gottobes Cat won the Belmont Shores Handicap and comes off two allowance wins.

Dimples First Dash qualified for the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby and comes off a third in the Carmel Handicap as the 5-2 favorite.

Youngsters in Kindergarten

The California futurity season begins Saturday night at Los Alamitos with promising maiden winners in the trials to the Grade 1, $335,000 Kindergarten.

The horses with the 10 fastest times become eligible for the finals on May 17.

Trainer Adam Farias will be represented by maiden winners Show Me a Beduino, Silver Sign, and The Shazoom Alliance. Show Me a Beduino dominated a Los Alamitos maiden race on April 13 when he drew out to a 2 1/4-length win in 15.48 seconds for the 300 yards. Silver Sign won his maiden in 15.54 seconds, and The Shazoom Alliance won his career debut in 15.69 seconds.

The six-time national champion Paul Jones stable sends out Hes Regal, a three-quarter-length winner of his only start in 15.53 seconds.

The Jones stable juvenile star Foose is passing the Kindergarten trials and will probably make his second start in the Ed Burke Million trials on June 7. He won his maiden in 15.19 seconds, the all-time fastest 300-yard time by a first-time starting juvenile at Los Alamitos.

Country Chicks Man defends title

Country Chicks Man makes his seasonal debut and tries for his record-setting fourth straight victory in the $100,000 Sooner State Stakes at Remington Park on Saturday night.

Country Chicks Man shares the record of three consecutive Sooner State wins with Shawnee Savage.

The 7-year-old Country Chicks Man won last year's Sooner State as a prep for winning the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship. Two years ago, he concluded a three-race winning streak with his Sooner State win.

He is making his first start since running fifth behind world champion Blues Girl Too in the Grade 1, $1 million Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Dec. 15.

Remember Me Rose has been a Grade 1 competitor in each of her two previous years of competition. At 2, in 2006, she won the $305,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship and was second as the favorite in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity. Last year, she won the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby and was second in the Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby.

Bullions N Garters, on the board in 37 of 38 career starts, looks for her first win since taking the Two Rivers Stakes at Prairie Meadows on Sept. 15.