07/01/2002 11:00PM

One Tough Raiser one fast juvenile


LAFAYETTE, La. - The $100,000 D. S. "Shine" Young Futurity, first leg of the Evangeline triple crown for 2-year-olds, highlights a special holiday program Thursday night.

The fastest qualifier for the Shine Young is One Tough Raiser. After winning his maiden with ease on May 30, the son of I'ma Hell Raiser won his five-furlong qualifying trial for Saturday's finals by six lengths in 58.80 seconds, considerably faster than the other two trial times of 59.80 and 1:01. The likely favorite, One Tough Raiser, is trained by Kearney Segura and will be ridden by Steve Bourque.

Justlikejesseejames did not run as fast as One Tough Raiser in winning his qualifying trial, but looked almost as professional, winning by just over two lengths after stalking the early pace. Fourth in One Tough Raiser's maiden win, Justlikejesseejames appears to have moved forward with the addition of Lasix in his last start.

Trainer Glenn Delahoussaye will give Ricky Faul a leg up on Thursday.

Burn a Spark, second to One Tough Raiser in his debut in the trials, perhaps has the most room to improve. After a slow beginning, Burn a Spark rallied while racing wide. Brian Hernandez has a return call for owner and trainer Richard Calais.

A fireworks display will follow the 12-race card. First post is 6:45.