03/05/2003 12:00AM

Jess Perfect back for more


Jess Perfect will make his first start since winning the Grade 2 Sunland Fall Futurity in December in the second of three trials to the Grade 2 West Texas Derby on Friday at Sunland Park.

The 10 fastest qualifiers return for the finals on March 23.

Jess Perfect, owned by Tommy Winters and Edwin Hyslop, won the Sunland Fall Futurity by a neck in 19.61 seconds for the 400 yards, the same distance as Friday's derby trials.

The first trial will bring out Fortune First, winner of the Grade 2 New Mexico Juvenile Challenge. The third trial has You Go Ms Kimberly, a two-time stakes winner, meeting Granite Lake, an impressive allowance winner at Sunland Park.

Ahme Gone to Catalina

Ahme Gone, who has the same owner and trainer as three-time distance champion Sign of Lanty, will try to get his career going in the same direction as his stablemate when he starts in the Grade 3, $74,900 Catalina Derby at 870 yards on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Ahme Gone, who is owned by Rod and Jackie MacPherson and trained by John Cooper, has won his last two starts at 870 yards, and set the fastest qualifying time to the Catalina Derby. Ahme Gone held off the late rush of the Thoroughbred Brishane to win the second of two Catalina Derby trials by a nose in 45.72 seconds.

Brishane, owned and trained by Blane Schvaneveldt, won his career debut at 870 yards on Dec. 27 at Los Alamitos in 45.307 seconds. Finishing second in that race, 3 3/4 lengths behind Brishane, was Boo Master, who also qualified for the Catalina Derby.

Winning the first Catalina Derby trial was Saturdays Promise, owned by Roger McDowell and Michael Rosenthal. A $10,000 claim by trainer Dan Francisco on Sept. 27, Saturdays Promise won his third straight race at 870 yards by taking his Catalina trial in 46.02 seconds.

Authorized Cash after another stakes

Authorized Cash, winner of the Jess Burner Stakes, will be after his second stakes victory of the Sunland Park meet in the inaugural $75,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap for New Mexico-breds over 330 yards on Saturday.

The James Lackey-trained Authorized Cash, owned by Sandy Erwin and Shirley Read, won the Grade 2 Jess Burner for the second straight year on Dec. 1. Since then he has finished seventh in the Grade 1 The Championship at Sunland Park after a bumpy start and easily won an allowance race.

Majorlee Exclusive will take on males in the Speed Handicap after winning the Grade 3 Lou Wooten Handicap for females on Dec. 28 and running fifth in the Khey Handicap.

Whosleavingwho looking good for repeat

Whosleavingwho, the defending Champion of Champions winner, will have the opportunity to defend his title after dominating the Grade 1, $206,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship last Saturday night. The Winter Championship winner received the year's first invitation to the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions, which will be run on Dec. 13.

Los Alamitos Race Course officials announced a qualifying-race change for this year's Champion of Champions. The berth that had been given to the Remington Park Championship winner will now be given to the winner of the Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap on Nov. 22 at Lone Star Park. It will be the first time a race in Texas has been a Champion of Champions qualifying race.