12/19/2007 12:00AM

Jones pair look good at Los Al

EmailLOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Trainer Paul Jones looks to add to his nation-leading 38 stakes wins this year when he sends out the pair of Sir Runaway Dash and Leading Spirit in the Grade 3, $30,000 First Down Dash Handicap on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

The Jones barn has earned more than $6.2 million this year. Trainer Heath Taylor is second with 17 stakes wins and stable earnings of more than $3.1 million.

Sir Runaway Dash, a 3-year-old brother of world champions Ocean Runaway, 5, and Wave Carver, 4, has had a break-out year in 2007 with seven on-the-board finishes, including three wins, after failing to win his maiden in three starts in 2006. His best race this year was a second to champion Blues Girl Too in the Gradeo1 Golden State Derby. He hooked up with Blues Girl Too in the 400-yard derby, and lost by a nose at the wire. Blues Girl Too went on to win the Grade 1 Champion of Champions last weekend while breaking Dash for Cash's 440-yard track record.

Sir Runaway Dash's most recent start was a second by a head to Frankie Shoots in the Directors' Trial.

Meanwhile, Leading Spirit, a champion at 2 in 2005, is looking to regain top form.

He showed flashes of his championship form when he was second by a nose to champion FDD Dynasty in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap in September. He also finished third in the California Challenge and his Directors' Trial.

Czech N Out Ashley will conclude his best year in the First Down Dash.

The 3-year-old gelding won four minor stakes before stepping up to win the Grade 1 Bayer Legend Derby Challenge in his most recent start. He lugged out in the final half of that 400-yard race, yet won by three-quarters of a length.

Rematch in Challenger Six

Mr Frenchman and Jackspots, the top two finishers in the New Mexico Cup 870 Championship, are set for a rematch in the $125,000 Challenger Six Handicap at Sunland Park on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Frenchman, the 4-5 favorite in the New Mexico Cup, took the lead at the start and never let Jackspots get within striking distance, winning by a half-length in 45.62 seconds. It was Mr Frenchman's fifth win from nine 2007 starts.

Jackspots got his most important win of 2007 in the Zia 870 Championship at Ruidoso Downs.

Flashy Dollarhide also looks dangerous in the Challenger Six, making his 870-yard debut and breaking from the inside post. He was second in the Grade 1 New Mexico Cup Derby at Zia Park going 440 yards last out.