01/09/2008 12:00AM

The lady will soon be a champ


Blues Girl Too will likely be named the 2007 world champion Quarter Horse when the annual champions are announced on Wednesday at the Heritage Place Sale auditorium in Oklahoma City.

The 25 voters, including this writer, who had to submit their ballots by Thursday are members of the AQHA racing committee, AQHA membership, racing media, and racing officials.

Blues Girl Too is favored to take the top prize after her record-setting win in the Grade 1, $1million Champion of Champions. She ran the 440 yards in 21.13 seconds to break Dash for Cash's legendary track and stakes record of 21.17 seconds set in 1976. She also defeated older mares in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Handicap and won the Gradeo1 Golden State Derby. She should also be named champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old filly.

Owned by Lucky Seven Ranch and trained by Joe Bassett, Blues Girl Too was the 2006 champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old filly.

Blues Girl Too earned $817,662 in 2007 to become the all-time richest Quarter Horse mare with career earnings rising to $2,032,328, second only to Refrigerator's all-time record earnings of $2,126,309.

The favorite for champion 3-year-old colt is FDD Dynasty, who was the 2006 champion 2-year-old colt. He defeated older horses in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Invitational and won the Grade 2 Governor's Cup Derby.

The 3-year-old gelding division could be a tight race between Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby winner Little Bit of Baja, Grade 1 All American Derby winner Dont Let Down, and Grade 1 Rainbow Derby winner Separate Bet.

Heartswideopen is the likely choice as champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old filly. She won the Grade 1, $2 million All American Futurity and set a stakes record in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity. She ran the fastest 440-yard time ever by a filly or mare when she won her All American Futurity trial in 20.92 seconds.

Carters Cartel's early-season success could be enough to earn the champion 2-year-old colt title. He won the Grade 1 Kindergarten, then set the Los Alamitos 350-yard track record while winning the Grade 1 Ed Burke Futurity.

The sole Texas- or Oklahoma-based horse to win a championship title could be Illegal Memories, a top contender for champion 2-year-old gelding honors after winning the Grade 1, $1 million Texas Classic Futurity.

Ketel Won's two Grade 1 wins in December should lead to the champion aged stallion title and, possibly, the champion aged horse award. He won the $186,000 Zia Park Championship and then won the $400,000 The Championship at Sunland Park.

The champion aged mare title is expected to be a tight contest between Grade 1 John Deere Distaff Challenge winner Blazin Fire, Gradeo1 Vessels Maturity winner Five Bar Molly, and Grade 1 Los Alamitos Championship winner Strength In Numbers.

The champion aged gelding title could also be a toss-up among Gradeo1 winners Let It Snowman, Ride With the King, SM Country Cowboy, and Strawkins.

Snowbound Superstar is a lock for the champion distance horse title for 870-yard specialists and could get consideration for champion aged gelding. He won each of his four 2007 starts with a combined victory margin of nearly 18 lengths. He won three stakes, highlighted by the Grade 1 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship.

Trainer Paul Jones could be a unanimous winner of his sixth straight champion trainer title after winning 41 stakes in 2007. His horses earned a record $6,528,188.

Jockey G.R. Carter Jr., winner of four consecutive champion jockey titles, could be in a tight battle with Freddie Martinez, who had a breakout year in 2007. Carter won the earnings title by $28,290 over Martinez.