07/31/2002 11:00PM

A perfect year on the line


Last Shall Be First, undefeated in three starts this year and coming off a win in the Grade 1, $136,000 Governor's Cup Derby, will attempt to continue her winning streak Saturday night at Los Alamitos in the trials to the Grade 1, $207,800 Golden State Derby.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the two trials at 400 yards return for the finals on Aug. 17.

Last Shall Be First, second in the 2001 Governor's Cup Futurity, has moved into championship consideration this year with a win in the Dash for Speed Handicap to go with her Governor's Cup Derby victory.

Trained by Dan Francisco for owner Spencer Childers, Last Shall Be First will start from post 5 in the first trial, ridden by Joe Badilla.

Also in the strong first trial are Ed Burke Futurity winner Check Him Out and American Airlines Challenge Championship winner Ronnie Jace. The second trial has Kindergarten winner Sassy Smith and the Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner, Panther Mountain.

Straw for Cash tops Aurora

Fastest qualifier Straw for Cash meets the sharp Misty Gray Morn in the Grade 3, $55,775 Aurora Derby at Arapahoe Park on Saturday afternoon.

Trained by John Hammes for owners Katherine Hart and Marvin Willhite, Straw for Cash won the third of three trials on July 19 in 19.954 seconds for 400 yards.

Misty Gray Morn comes off two wins, including a head victory over Straw for Cash in an allowance race on June 28. He won his trial with the second-fastest time of 19.998 seconds for 400 yards.

Hammes will also send out the Grade 2 Kansas Futurity runner-up, Bac by Design, second to Misty Gray Morn in their trial.

Meteoric after sixth straight

Meteoric should be the strong favorite when he puts his perfect 5-for-5 record on the line in the Grade 2, $98,280 American Airlines New Mexico Challenge for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.

Owned by Dutch Masters III and trained by Lin Melton, Meteoric won two futurities in the Northwest before coming to Ruidoso Downs and winning his New Mexico Challenge trial by 3 1/2 lengths.

Challenging Meteoric will be Casino Stakes winner Oh Good Holland, winner of 3 of 5 starts.

One Rare Bug tops Canterbury

One Rare Bug goes for his third straight win Sunday at Canterbury Downs, in the Grade 3, $52,470 Bayer Legend Central Challenge for 3-year-olds.

One Rare Bug won the Grade 3 Canterbury Derby on July 7 and then rolled to a half-length trial win over Baby Doll Form on July 21. One Rare Bug topped the qualifiers with a 19.99-second time for the 400 yards.

Baby Doll Form, the second-fastest qualifier, has earned $285,081 with a win in the Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity, a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Remington Park Futurity and a third in the Grade 1 Blue Ribbon Futurity.