09/17/2002 11:00PM

Jones holds pair of aces


Paul Jones's weekend is full of promise as he trains the fastest qualifiers for the $33,660 Professional's Choice California Challenge and the Grade 3, $42,210 Bayer Legend California Challenge at Los Alamitos.

Friday night, the Jones-trained JA Runaway Dash is going for his fourth straight win in the Professional's Choice California Challenge, a 350-yard race for 3-year-olds who ran for a claiming price in the past 12 months.

JA Runaway Dash's three wins in his last three starts include his trial win with the fastest qualifying time of 17.79 seconds for the 350 yards.

The Professional's Choice California Challenge winner earns an invitation to the $50,000 Professional's Choice Challenge Championship at Lone Star Park on Nov. 2.

Saturday night, the Jones-trained Inthetwinkleofaneye will attempt to end the $1 million quest of Ronnie Jace.

Ronnie Jace, winner of last year's Grade 1 American Airlines Challenge Championship, can earn a $1 million bonus if he can also win the Bayer Legend Challenge Championship and the MBNA America Challenge Championship in consecutive years.

The winner of Saturday's Bayer Legend California Challenge for 3-year-olds earns a berth in the Grade 1, $175,000 Bayer Legend Challenge Championship on Nov. 2 at Lone Star Park.

The Blane Schvaneveldt-trained Ronnie Jace won the first of two trials over 2-1 favorite Agouti, winner of the Cypress Sophomore Stakes. Ronnie Jace has the trial win and a pair of seconds in two allowance races from four 2002 starts.

Inthetwinkleofaneye has minor stakes wins this year in the Premiere Handicap and the Aliso Viejo Stakes. She won her Bayer Legend California Challenge trial by three quarters of a length in 19.655 seconds for 400 yards.

Inthetwinkleofaneye was second in the Vandy's Flash Handicap over third-place finisher Babe Watcher, fastest qualifier to the Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders Derby last Saturday night.

Dean Can Tango in Senor Futurity

New Mexican Spring Futurity winner Dean Can Tango will try to rebound from a trial defeat in the Grade 3, $90,454 Senor Futurity during the New Mexico State Fair at Albuquerque on Saturday.

The Senor Futurity is for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Dean Can Tango, owned by White Glove Ranch, finished a neck behind 12-1 outsider Paradigm Shift in their trial.

On April 6 at Sunland Park, Dean Can Tango won the Grade 1 New Mexican Spring Futurity and earned $94,997.

Topping the Senor Futurity qualifiers is Aces Lucky Duck, who won his maiden with his trial win in 19.839 seconds for the 400 yards.

A Medley of Chicks after black type

Fastest qualifier A Medley of Chicks comes off an impressive 1 1/2-length trial win in search of her first stakes win in the $83,202 Senorita Futurity for New Mexico-bred juvenile fillies at Albuquerque.

A Medley of Chicks, owned by Frontera Racing and trained by John Stinebaugh, raced to her second win from four starts when she won the last of four 400-yard trials in 19.844 seconds on Sept. 6.

Thatsa Blazin Chick, winner of 3 of 5 starts, is racing in her third futurity for New Mexico-breds.