04/09/2002 11:00PM

Lukas to saddle five in El Primero trials


D. Wayne and Laura Lukas will send out five 3-year-olds, including Grade 1 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity winner Check Him Out and California Breeders Freshman Stakes winner Bobcat Bob, in the three trial races to the Grade 2, $155,400 El Primero Del Ano Derby at Los Alamitos on Friday night.

The Lukas horses are trained by Laura. Check Him Out is owned by Wayne and Zory Kuzyk. Bobcat Bob is owned by the Lukases.

The other Lukas representatives are champion Corona Kool's brother Hot as Hell (co-owned with Ed Gaylord), Governor's Cup Futurity qualifier Rare News, and Bucky Bounce.

Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby runner-up Mini Rock starts in the trials to the Grade 2, $150,000-estimated La Primera Del Ano Derby on Saturday night.

The El Primero is for colts and geldings, and the La Primera is for fillies. The El Primero finals are April 26 and the La Primera finals are April 27.

Rematch at Manor Downs

Zip First and Special Red Warrior, the top two finishers in the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity, meet again Sunday in the $191,000, Grade 2 Manor Downs Futurity.

Zip First is 3 for 3, each of his wins coming by at least 1 1/2 lengths, including the Longhorn Futurity on March 16 at Manor Downs.

Zip First, who is owned by Gary Hartstack, won the Longhorn Futurity with a sharp 15.50-second time for the 300 yards.

Trained by Leon Bard and ridden by Jim Brooks, Zip First won his Manor Downs Futurity trial in 17.53 seconds for the 350 yards, good for the second-fastest qualifying mark behind Special Red Warrior.

Special Red Warrior, owned by Severino Gonzalez and trained by Jose Garza, won his Manor Downs Futurity trial by 2 1/4 lengths with a 17.36-second time for the 350 yards, just .02 off the track standard. Ignacio Bustamante will ride Sunday.

Also on tap closing weekend of the Manor Downs season are the Grade 2, $88,040 Manor Downs Derby and the Grade 3, $29,210 Manor Downs Maturity.

Saturday's Derby will feature Pimetime Runner and Ace Shooting Star, the top two finishers in last year's Manor Downs Futurity.

Sunday's Maturity will have On Reflection, second in the 2000 Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap at Los Alamitos.

* Jody Behunin, assistant to Los Alamitos trainer Santiago Rodriguez, died on Sunday morning. She was involved in the car accident that killed her boyfriend, jockey Dusty Stimpson, on Jan. 1. She never left the USC Medical Center following the accident.

* Champion Hes My Dasher had to be put down and jockey Joe Badilla Jr. sustained a mild concussion when the horse fell during the Grade 1, $116,690 MBNA America New Mexico Challenge on Sunday at Sunland Park. Badilla was taken to a local hospital, given an MRI and released. Hes My Dasher was the 1998 champion 2-year-old gelding and earned $574,657 for owner Gwendolyn Eaves.

* Two world records fell at Sunland Park on Sunday. Kendall Jackson ran 440 yards in 20.733 seconds with a 25-mph tailwind to win the New Mexico Challenge. Rock N Strawfly won an 870-yard allowance race in a world record 43.845 seconds. Quarter horse times are taken from when the gate is opened, not when a flag is dropped.