05/14/2008 11:00PM

Runner Dreamin faces Prouddesertqueen again


The 2-year-old Quarter Horse season at Los Alamitos is barely a month old and already Runner Dreamin and Prouddesertqueen cannot seem to get rid of each other.

Prouddesertqueen won a 300-yard maiden race against Runner Dreamin when each made her first start on April 11, but the roles were reversed in a division of the Kindergarten Futurity trials on May 3. Runner Dreamin not only beat Prouddesertqueen by three-quarters of a length, but set the fastest qualifying time of 15.40 seconds for Saturday's $340,150 final.

"We knew what we were up against," Roberto Ramirez, the trainer of Runner Dreamin, said of Prouddesertqueen.

Those two figure to play prominent roles in the Kindergarten, the first major futurity of 2008 at Los Alamitos. Even though the race has a lucrative purse, most participants are looking toward the Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 21, the first of three seven-figure futurities at Los Alamitos this year.

Runner Dreamin races for the EG High Desert Farm of Enrique Gonzalez, who bred the filly. Runner Dreamin is one of six fillies in the field of 10, and has drawn post 4. Prouddesertqueen breaks from post 9.

Runner Dreamin is out of Sixarunner, a 17-year-old mare who has two foals in the final. She is also the dam of Sixish, who won a division of the trials in 15.465 seconds, the fourth-fastest qualifying time. Quarter Horse breeders are allowed to register more than one foal from a dam each year since artificial insemination is permitted for that breed. Sixarunner was a stakes winner in the Midwest.

Three starters are undefeated after two starts, having won maiden races in April and divisions of the trials on May 3 - Hes Regal, Revv It Up, and Show Me a Beduino. Sixish won his debut in a division of the trials.

Revv It Up is a full sister to The Down Side, the winner of the 2003 Champion of Champions. Revv It Up is trained by Paul Jones, who also starts Hes Regal.

There will be ample support for Show Me a Beduino, who won his maiden race by 2 1/4 lengths and a trial by a neck as the 1-5 favorite.