12/12/2007 12:00AM

One Famous Eagle gets good at right time

EmailTrainer John Bassett tries to continue a holiday-season family tradition Friday night by winning the Grade 1, $2 million Los Alamitos Two Million with fastest-qualifier One Famous Eagle.

Bassett won three runnings of the Los Alamitos Million, and his son Joe won last year's running of the Los Alamitos Two Million with champion Blues Girl Too, a top contender for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Champion of Champions.

The stakes-filled weekend at Los Alamitos runs through Sunday with the Grade 1, $185,900 Southern California Derby and the $50,000 Marathon National.

"We're just going to win it every year, so we can pay taxes," Bassett joked. "But the way this year had gone before this, we didn't need to pay much in taxes."

One Famous Eagle won his maiden in his fifth career start when he took the first of nine Two Million trials in 19.440 seconds for the 400 yards.

Bassett has been waiting the entire racing season for One Famous Eagle, owned by Dr. Glen Blodgett of the 6666 Ranch and Johnny Trotter, to show the form he did in his Two Million trial.

"He was a big, gentle colt that would lope away from the gate and then come running," said Bassett. "The owners were great and said, 'Just do what you want with him.' So we took our time and he's figured everything out at the right time."

One Famous Eagle must step forward and defeat Grade 1 winners in the Two Million.

Eye for Corona is riding a three-race winning streak that includes the Grade 1 Golden State Million. The 20-1 longshot held on to win the Golden State Million by a nose over Fighter on Fire. She won her Two Million trial by a neck as the 4-5 favorite. "She came out of the trial well and is ready to go," Jones said.

After nearly winning the Golden State Million, Fighter on Fire came back to win his Two Million trial by two lengths with the second-fastest qualifying time of 19.475 seconds. Trainer Adan Farias changed bits on Fighter on Fire for the trial, saying, "He trained well with it and ran a great race in the trial."

Ancient Ruler used a late run to win the Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and then finished a neck behind Eye for Corona in their Two Million trial. Ancient Ruler has 2 wins and 3 seconds from 5 career starts.

Top juveniles meet again a year later

The first $1 million running of the Grade 1 Champion of Champions on Saturday night features three horses who topped the juvenile class of 2006.

Blues Girl Too was named the champion 2-year-old filly and defeated older mares in this year's Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Handicap. FDD Dynasty was the 2006 champion 2-year-old colt and beat his elders in this year's Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap. No Secrets Here won the 2006 $2 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and was a late-running second, beaten by a nose, in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby. He then defeated older horses in his Z. Wayne Griffin Director's trial.

* A Stoli Mate comes off a track-record effort in his trial to head the Grade 1, $185,900 Southern California Derby on Sunday night. The winner of the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby, A Stoli Mate set the track record of 19.295 seconds over a wet-fast track.

* Reigning distance champion Snowbound Superstar returns Sunday night in the Grade 1 Marathon Handicap in search of his 11th straight win at 870 yards. The defending Marathon winner comes off a six-length win in the Red Cell Distance Challenge at 1-5 odds.