07/24/2001 11:00PM

Make It Anywhere no lock


Make It Anywhere, winner of the Grade 1 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity last year, beat two Grade 1 winners in his Golden State Derby trial, but must defeat three Grade 1 winners to win the Grade 1, $183,750 finals at Los Alamitos on Friday night.

Make it Anywhere, owned by Francisco and Jose Gonsalez, won his trial against Grade 1 Governor's Cup Derby winner Blue Grass Bounce and Grade 1 Governor's Cup Futurity winner Copper Buff.

In the finals, he will again meet those rivals and will also face three-time Grade 1 winner Dashing Knud.

Trained by Jaime Gomez and ridden by Oscar Andrade, Make It Any-where came into his trial off a second-place effort to Blue Grass Bounce in the Governor's Cup Derby.

Blue Grass Bounce is owned by D. Wayne and Laura Lukas and trained by Laura.

Make It Anywhere and Blue Grass Bounce each went off at 3-2 in their trial, and Make It Anywhere winning by a neck in 19.965 seconds for the 400 yards, good for the co-fastest qualifying mark.

Sharing fastest qualifier honors is Royal Dip, owned by Sharon Brand-ness and trained by Connie Hall.

Royal Dip won the Brotherly Handicap on June 23 and then won her Golden State Derby trial over longshot Somersets Dream.

Dashing Knud, the 2000 champion 2-year-old gelding, finished fourth behind Royal Dip. It was Dashing Knud's first start since a second-place finish in the Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby on April 27.

"He's not breaking like he did last year and he got a little tired after the layoff," jockey Dusty Stimpson said.

Your First Moon tops Ed Burke

Your First Moon, owned by the Vessels Stallion Farm, should be favored to score her sixth win in seven career starts in the Grade 1, $477,100 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

It is the richest running ever of the Ed Burke Futurity, which was first held in 1951 as the Pomona Quarter Horse Futurity.

Trained by Danny Cardoza, Your First Moon raced to her fifth win in only 11 weeks, defeating California Breeders Freshman Stakes winner Bobcat Bob and Kindergarten winner Sassy Smith in their trial. Sassy Smith did not make the finals and lost her chance at the $1 million bonus that goes to the winner of the Kindergarten, Ed Burke, and Los Alamitos Million futurities.

"She just gets a little better with each start," Cardoza said after Your First Moon raced the 350 yards in 17.735 seconds.

Kindergarten runner-up Dont Dink With Me is the fastest qualifier, winning the third of 10 trials with a 17.61-second time for the 350 yards.

California Breeders Freshman Stakes winner Bee Dashing earned a spot in the Ed Burke finals with a one-length trial win in 17.69 seconds.

Summer Showdown at Sam Houston

The Texas Summer Showdown, featuring five stakes races with $148,580 in purses, is Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park.

There is an interesting matchup over 870 yards in the $23,580 MCI WorldCom Texas Challenge. The winner of the 1999 running, Alota Flare, will meet last year's winner, Drip Dry Dash.

Stakes winners The Jovial and Blushin Bugs meet in the $35,000 Sundowner Trailer Stakes at 550 yards.

Three-time 2001 stakes winner Rosebuddie is in the $35,000 Classic Chevrolet Stakes.

Defending winner Stormy Cheval is in the $35,000 Barnmaster Sprint Stakes.

Mad Magic 1997 will be after his second win in three starts this month in the $20,000 Ariat Starter Stakes.

The Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale will be held at the track's Pavlion Centre at 10 a.m. Saturday. The catalog lists 200 yearlings.