04/03/2002 12:00AM

Remington's full-scale meet in gear


The bulk of the 34-date Remington Park Quarter Horse season starts on Friday with 124-pound highweight Judes Mighty Dude in the Grade 2, $20,000 Remington Distance Handicap and 10 trials for the Grade 1, $500,000 (estimated) Remington Park Futurity.

The Remington Park season had a one-day opening on March 16 for the trials to the Lazy E Futurity and the Lazy E Derby. The finals to those races will highlight Sunday's card.

There has been no racing since March 16.

First post time on Friday is 6:30 p.m. and will be 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The average daily purse distribution - without owners' nominating and sustaining payments - is $68,000, according to Fred Hutton, the track's racing secretary. When those payments are included the daily average rises above $100,000.

Tailor Fit, the reigning world champion and three-time Remington Park horse of the meet, is expected to defend his 2001 victories in the Grade 1 MBNA America Oklahoma Challenge (May 11) in the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship (June 8).

On Friday, Judes Mighty Dude will carry highweight of 124 pounds in the Distance Handicap at 870 yards. He is making his first start since winning the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Distance Championship back on Nov. 23.

Defending training champ Rodney Reed will send out 12 Remington Park Futurity trial entrants. The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday's futurity trials return for the 350-yard finals on April 20.

Saturday will feature a stakes doubleheader with All American Derby runner-up Special Hippity Hop in the Grade 2, $35,000 Eastex Handicap and two-time Remington Park Grade 1 stakes winner Classified as Dash in the Grade 2, $20,000 Midwest City Stakes.

Sunday will showcase the very promising fastest-qualifier Hail Corona in the Grade 2, $165,400 Lazy E Futurity. A son of Corona Cartel, Hail Corona set the 350-yard track record of 17.457 seconds in his trial-winning career debut.

Also on Sunday will be the Grade 2, $113,815 Lazy E Derby, with fastest qualifier Runnin on Ease meeting Grade 1 Los Alamitos Million runner-up Corona Music.

Three Grade 1's at Sunland Park

Closing weekend at Sunland Park will have New Mexico-bred juveniles in the Grade 1, $202,120 New Mexican Spring Futurity on Saturday and two Grade 1 races - the $278,000 West Texas Futurity and the $116,690 MBNA America New Mexico Challenge - on Sunday.

Thatsa Blazin Chick started her career by setting the fastest qualifying time to the Spring Futurity. She raced the 300 yards in 15.253 seconds on March 15.

West Texas Futurity fastest-qualifier Chicks Classic Look won her trial by a nose in her career debut with a 15.349 time for the 300 yards. Trial runner-up First to Flash is the second-fastest qualifier.

Kendall Jackson, winner of the Sunland Express Handicap, will meet 1998 champion 2-year-old gelding Hes My Dasher, winner of the Double Bid Handicap at Los Alamitos, in the New Mexico Challenge. Both geldings won their trial races.

Dashing Knud set to return

Dashing Knud, the 2000 champion 2-year-old gelding, who hasn't started since running sixth in the Golden State Derby on July 27, returns to action in the Grade 3, $25,000 Kaweah Bar Handicap on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

As a 2-year-old, Dashing Knud won the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Million and last year he finished second in the Grade 2 El Primero Del Ano Derby.