01/11/2002 1:00AM

Shooting for six wins in a row


Quarter Horse distance specialist Kama Shootin will be after his sixth straight win when he starts in the Grade 3, $25,000 Juarez Handicap over 870 yards at Sunland Park on Sunday.

Kama Shootin, owned by Lola Willis and Joyce McBride, started his five-race winning streak, all at 870 yards, in June at Ruidoso Downs. His streak continued at SunRay Park, The Downs at Albuquerque, and Sunland Park.

Starting the streak with three allowance wins, Kama Shootin has since won the Grade 3 New Mexico Horseman's Handicap and the Grade 3 Challenger Six Handicap for trainer Steve Stephens.

In the Challenger Six Handicap, Kama Shootin stalked the pacesetter, was five wide on the turn, and pulled away in the lane to win by 1 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite.

During his first four wins he went to the front and grabbed the lead at the first call. The closest any competitor has gotten to Kama Shootin at the finish line during his streak is a half-length.

Kama Shootin is taking on stronger competition Sunday, including Hooks Jet and Special Horizon.

Hooks Jet, owned and trained by Cody Burton, won the Red River Handicap at Lone Star Park on Sept. 28. He then went to Los Alamitos and ran second to 2000 champion distance horse Sign of Lanty in the Grade 1, $75,000 MCI WorldCom Challenge Championship on Oct. 20. Sign of Lanty will is likely to also be named the 2001 distance champion.

Hooks Jet is making his first start since running fourth in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Distance Championship on Nov. 23.

Special Horizon, owned by Lorann Mattox and trained by Charles Mattox, returned from an eight-month layoff to finish third in an 870-yard allowance race Dec. 16 at Sunland Park. He tired in the stretch while likely in need of the start.

Before his layoff, Special Horizon scored three straight daylight wins at Sunland Park going 870 yards, capped by a 1 3/4-length win in The Getaway Stakes on April 7.

Stimpson funeral

A funeral and memorial service for jockey Dusty Stimpson was held Friday in Ogden, Utah.

Stimpson, a 29-year-old rider who won the last two runnings of the Los Alamitos Million, was buried at Washington Height Memorial Park. Condolences can be e-mailed to Stimpson's family at .

Your First Moon, the filly Stimpson rode to win the 2001 Los Alamitos Million, will probably be named champion 2-year-old filly.

o The American Quarter Horse Association will announce its 2001 champions Wednesday at 7 p.m. Central in the auditorium of the Heritage Place Sales Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The following day, Heritage Place will start its Winter Mixed Sale at 10 a.m.