02/18/2004 12:00AM

Jones barn has half of Madeira Beach field


Feet of Flames leads a four-horse contingent trained by Paul Jones in Friday night's Madeira Beach Handicap at Los Alamitos. The Madeira Beach, for 3-year-old fillies, drew a field of eight.

The depth of the Jones stable was evident when nine of the 13 nominees were trained by Jones.

Feet of Flames finished second in the Cypress Sophomore to a highly regarded Grade 1 stakes winner, Willie Works, the second-fastest qualifier to next week's Grade 1, $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby.

Feet of Flames showed that she likes the 300-yard distance of the Madeira Beach by winning an allowance race over the same course in 15.34 seconds on Dec. 11.

The other Jones entrants in the Madeira Beach are Farm City Rip, winner of the Oregon Juvenile, and recent allowance winners Brava Brava and Willie Gotta Pie.

On Saturday night, a Thoroughbred, Brishane heads the Sign of Lanty Handicap at 870 yards.

Brishane, owned and trained by the all-time leading trainer at Los Alamitos, Blane Schvaneveldt, won the 870-yard Catalina Derby last year and was fourth in the Grade 1, $175,000 Marathon National on Dec. 14, his most recent start.

The A List will need A game

The A List will be very dangerous in the Grade 2, $122,663 Casino Cash Derby at Sunland Park on Sunday afternoon if he can return to the form he showed last summer at Ruidoso Downs.

At Ruidoso Downs on June 8, The A List won the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity to earn $250,000 of his lifetime earnings of $313,721. He gained his sole stakes win with a 17.409-second time at the Casino Cash distance of 350 yards.

After his Ruidoso Futurity win, The A List remained a leading juvenile by qualifying for the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and finishing third in a very quickly-run Grade 3, $153,750 All American Juvenile. In the Juvenile on Sept. 1, he was timed in 21.273 seconds for the 440 yards, while defeated by A Delightful Legacy and A Regal Choice, who went on to win the Grade 1, $1,339,000 Los Alamitos Million.

The A List was rested during the fall and came back on Dec. 12 to win his Sunland Fall Futurity trial, his most recent win. He finished last in the Sunland Fall Futurity and second in his Casino Cash trial.

Fastest-qualifier honors in the Casino Cash Derby go to Gage Man, a horse that The A List has beaten in three of their four meetings. Gage Man won his Casino Cash trial by a half-length in 17.462 seconds for 350 yards.

Competitive bunch in Budweiser

A contentious mix of Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds will meet over 870 yards in the Grade 3, $50,000 Budweiser Handicap on Saturday at Sunland Park.

The Quarter Horse contingent is led by the Ruidoso 550 Championship winner, Heza Wicked Man, third in the Juarez Handicap in his most recent start. Other Quarter Horse contenders include Brigand Handicap winner Behold Time Rey, and recent 870-yard allowance winner Meter Me Ready.

The top Thoroughbreds are Bang, winner of 4 of his last 5 starts, and 870-yard winner Thyer's.

Hawkish to return

Hawkish, the 2003 champion 2-year-old colt, will race this year after recovering from ankle surgery, according to his owner, Enrique Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said he estimates Hawkish could be ready to race by mid-May.

Last year, Hawkish earned his championship with Grade 1 futurity wins in the Kindergarten, Ed Burke, and PCQHRA Breeders.