09/25/2001 11:00PM

Make It Anywhere wants to add Derby


Make It Anywhere, the winner of last year's PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity, starts in the Grade 2, $127,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Derby on Friday night at Los Alamitos. A son of leading sire First Down Dash and two-time champion producer Seperate Ways, Make It Anywhere made his sole stakes win a Grade 1 last year with the PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity. Make It Anywhere, owned by Francisco and Jose Gonsalez, came close to a second Grade 1 win when he was second in the Governor's Cup Derby on June 23.

Trained by Jaime Gomez, Make It Anywhere comes into the PCQHRA Breeders' Derby off a head win in his trial over Summertime Quickie. Make It Anywhere was timed in 19.90 seconds for the 400 yards, good for the second-fastest qualifying time.

Leading the qualifiers' list is Imjumpin, who is moving up in her division after winning her maiden race on June 10. Trainer Blane Schvaneveldt has sent out Imjumpin to wins in the Aliso Viejo Handicap and the Anaheim Hills Handicap. She was also second in the Grade 3 Vandys Flash Handicap. Imjumpin set the fastest qualifying time of 19.82 seconds for 400 yards, defeating Grade 2 California Sires Cup Derby winner Marmet by three-quarters of a length.

Gomez has solid pair in Futurity

Trainer Jamie Gomez is well represented in the Grade 1, $336,600 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity at Los Alamitos on Saturday night with fastest qualifier Babe Watcher and Grade 1 Kindergarten winner Sassy Smith. Babe Watcher, owned by Francisco Gonsalez, won trials of three Grade 1 futurities at Los Alamitos this summer, but has yet to finish in the top three in the finals. His best effort was being moved up to fourth place in the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity after a disqualification.

Babe Watcher posted the fastest qualifying time of 17.68 seconds for 350 yards in the Breeders' Futurity trials with a 1 1/4-length win over qualifier Corazon Caliente.

Sassy Smith, owned by Dutch Masters III, was the top 2-year-old at Los Alamitos earlier this year when she won the Grade 1 Kindergarten by a half-length length as the even-money favorite.

The winner of five of six starts, Sassy Smith prevailed in her Breeders' Futurity trial by a nose over Check Him Out, who acted up in the gate before the trial race.

"Check Him Out will need to improve in the gate to win the final," said trainer Laura Lukas.

Check Him Out, a son of Hennessy owned by D. Wayne Lukas and Zory Kuzyk, won the Grade 1 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity, but hasn't won in his last two starts.