10/25/2005 11:00PM

Potential champions can prove their worth at Los Al


Year-end championship honors in three divisions will be strongly influenced by three of the five Grade 1 stakes to be held at Los Alamitos on Nov. 5 during the MBNA America Challenge Championships.

The pre-entered aged gelding Catchmeinyourdreams, aged mare Mini Rock, and distance horse Prankster CF would enhance their championship credentials with winning performances.

Catchmeinyourdreams, the 2003 champion aged horse, would take a big step toward a second divisional title with a victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship. A 6-year-old gelding, he comes off a record-setting third straight Grade 1 Los Alamitos Championship victory.

He is making his usual late-season championship bid. Last year, Catchmeinyourdreams won the Go Man Go Invitational and Los Alamitos Championship in successive starts. He comes into the MBNA America Challenge Championship off wins in the Grade 2 California Challenge and the Los Alamitos Championship.

Mini Rock, the probable favorite in the Grade 1, $100,000 John Deere Distaff Challenge Championship, could gain her first divisional title after a very consistent career, with 27 on-the-board efforts from 32 starts, including 12 wins, seven in stakes. A prime contender for champion aged mare honors, Mini Rock, 6, won the Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap last winter and then took the Grade 3 California Breeders Matron Stakes and the Grade 3 John Deere California Distaff Challenge this summer. She came off a two-month layoff to finish fifth in the Grade 2 Las Damas Handicap, her most recent start, on Oct. 14.

Prankster CF, the strong favorite in the Grade 1 MD Barns Distance Challenge Championship, is virtually assured of the champion distance horse title, with four victories at 870 yards from four 2005 starts at the distance. He has won each of his 870-yard races this year by at least two lengths and comes off a dominating win in the MD Barns California Distaff Challenge in 44.27 seconds, his career best time at 870 yards.

The other two Grade 1 stakes on the MBNA America Challenge Championship program, the $175,000 Bayer Legend Derby Challenge Championship and the $150,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship, will probably not produce a 2005 champion.

In the Bayer Legend Derby Challenge Championship, Bombay Martini, winner of the Grade 1 Heritage Place Derby, is the only Grade 1 stakes winner. DM Shicago, a winner of Grade 1 derbies and pointing to the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 10, is the solid front-runner for champion 3-year-old honors.

In the Ford Juvenile Challenge, there are no Grade 1 winners, but the 350-yard stakes brings together two undefeated Grade 3 stakes winners, Snowbound Sapphire and Makeala.

The horses in the MBNA America Challenge Championships come from qualifying stakes races contested in 10 regions throughout North America.

Futurity winners top Evangeline trials

MCM Easy Dasher and Streakin Patriot, a pair of futurity winners, top the 12 trials to the $447,852 LQHBA Futurity on Friday night at Evangeline Downs.

MCM Easy Dasher is riding a three-race winning streak, including the Louisiana-bred Futurity at Delta Downs and the LQHBA Juvenile in his two latest starts. He has 4 wins from 6 starts, all against statebred company. He is in the 10th trial.

Streakin Patriot comes off a half-length win in the LQHBA Sale Futurity, his second win from seven starts. He also has four second-place finishes, including the Grade 2 Mardi Gras Futurity and the Laddie Futurity. He is in the seventh trial.