12/14/2005 1:00AM

Last chance at a derby for Gulfstream Five


Two-time derby runner-up Gulfstream Five gets his final opportunity to score a derby victory when he starts in Friday's Grade 1, $170,000 Southern California Derby, the year's final derby at Los Alamitos.

Gulfstream Five was second to One More Habit in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby and second to Ocean Runaway in the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby. Ocean Runaway, the 2004 champion 2-year-old, concluded his career with a win in the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions last Saturday night.

Gulfstream Five also finished fifth, beaten a neck, in the Grade 1 Golden State Derby.

Gulfstream Five won his Southern California Derby trial under a confident hold while racing the 400 yards in 19.740 seconds, the eighth-fastest qualifying time.

Senior Solo topped the qualifiers in 19.500 seconds, or nearly two lengths faster than Gulfstream Five. It was the first win for Senior Solo since he scored in a nonwinners-of-two allowance race June 30 at Los Alamitos. Between those wins, he was fourth in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby and sixth in the Los Alamitos Super Derby as a 20-1 longshot.

Also in the Southern California Derby are Perfect First, who won the Pomona Championship; Jumpn, who was second in the Golden State Derby; and Modem, who won the California Breeders Sprint.

Table set for Lords Table

Lords Table comes off a stunning trial performance to head the Grade 1, $150,000 Marathon National over 870 yards Saturday at Los Alamitos.

In his trial, Lords Table, a Thoroughbred, was racing near the lead on the rail going down the backstretch when he was pinched back by another horse and jockey Sam Thompson pulled him back to last place in the five-horse field. Thompson then took Lords Table to the outside, and they rallied four wide around the rest of the field to finish second as the even-money favorite, 1 1/4 lengths behind fastest qualifier Roto Rooster.

Roto Rooster won his Marathon National trial in 45.120.

Takin Cash Bac won the second of two trials in 45.225, the second-fastest qualifying time. His wins in 2005 include the Gold Rush 870 Derby and the Pat Hyland Handicap.

Torres has solid tandem in Shue Fly

All American Futurity runner-up Arealstraitheart and stablemate Runawaywiththegold provide a strong one-two punch for owner Stan Munro and trainer Ben Torres in the $130,000 Shue Fly Stakes for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds on Sunday at Sunland Park.

Arealstraitheart won his first three starts, capped by a victory in the Zia Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. He then faced the best open-company juveniles in the $1.9 million All American Futurity and finished second by a neck behind Teller Cartel. After a three-month rest, Arealstraitheart returned to win his Shue Fly trial by a half-length, recording the third-fastest time of 19.370 seconds for 400 yards.

Runawaywiththegold finished in 19.265 seconds, the fastest qualifying time, when he won the third of six trials. It was his fourth win, all in allowance races or trials, from seven starts.