05/05/2004 12:00AM

No trials needed at Los Alamitos

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The trials for the Grade 1, $64,000 MBNA America California Challenge, scheduled for Friday night at Los Alamitos, will not be held because just nine horses entered the trials.

The 440-yard finals will be contested May 29, with those nine horses eligible to enter.

Heading that group is Grade 1, $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner Buccaneer Beach, who finished third in the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion Of Champions.

Sky Lane Pie, winner of the Kaweah Bar Handicap in his latest start, is also eligible to enter the California Challenge Championship.