06/14/2006 11:00PM

Sis B Gol top qualifier in Retama Park Derby


Sis B Gol will try to improve on last year's second in the Retama Park Futurity when he starts as the fastest qualifier in Saturday's Grade 1, $119,700 Retama Park Derby.

Sis B Gol made his lone career Grade 1 start in last year's Retama Park Futurity and finished a half-length behind Jess Genuine after the pair battled for most of the 350 yards. His other graded-stakes efforts resulted in thirds in the Grade 3 Dash for Cash Juvenile and the Grade 2 Longhorn Derby, and a sixth in the Grade 2 Manor Downs Derby.

In his Retama Derby trial, Sis B Gol defeated third-fastest qualifier Makin Willies by a neck with a 19.885-second time for 400 yards.

All American Winner, a two-time Grade 1 winner, barely made the derby field with the 10th-fastest time, finishing second to Makeala in their trial. All American Winner hit his best form last fall when he won four straight races, including the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity and the Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity.

Makeala, winner of the Grade 3 Ford East Juvenile Challenge, won his trial over All American Winner by a length in the second-fastest time of 19.895 seconds, just .01 off Sis Be Gol's top qualifying mark.

Zoomin for Bux avoids toughest foe

Zoomin for Bux finished second to Okey Dokey Fantasy in two futurities, but avoids that unbeaten rival in the Grade 1, $242,370 Retama Park Futurity on Sunday, on the closing card of the Retama Park Quarter Horse season.

Zoomin for Bux, like every other juvenile this year, was unable to beat Okey Dokey Fantasy; they met in both the Grade 1 Manor Downs Futurity and the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity. Okey Dokey Fantasy remained undefeated after six starts when he finished in a dead heat for the victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity last Sunday.

Zoomin for Bux pushed his record to 3 wins from 5 starts when he set the fastest qualifying time for the Retama Park Futurity of 17.436 seconds for 350 yards.

One of his rivals, Angelina Ballerina, is well positioned for her first Grade 1 victory after winning her Retama Park Futurity trial in 17.690 seconds, the second-fastest qualifying time. She was second to Jess Destined in the West Texas Futurity.

Fast qualifiers top Ruidoso stakes

Strawkins and Gun Battle turned in impressive trials and rank as the favorites in the Grade 3, $42,000 Bayer Legend New Mexico Derby Challenge and the $204,588 Ruidoso Horse Sale Futurity, respectively, on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.

The well-traveled Strawkins may have turned in the best performance by a 3-year-old at Ruidoso Downs this summer when he pulled away to win his New Mexico Derby Challenge trial by two lengths in 19.487 seconds for 400 yards, the fastest time from three trials.

Last year, Strawkins won the Pot O Gold Futurity in Washington and the Canada Cup Futurity in Lethbridge, Alberta. He went to Los Alamitos and was a dead-heat winner in the Holiday Handicap and ran a troubled seventh at 7-2 odds in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby.

Challenging Strawkins will be All American Futurity third-place finisher Brindis Por Cayenne, Gold Cup Futurity winner This Candys Red Hot, and Grade 2 West Texas Derby runner-up Look for Wranglers.

Gun Battle destroyed his New Mexico-bred rivals when he won his Ruidoso Horse Sale Futurity trial by 4 1/4 lengths in 17.570 seconds for 350 yards, the equivalent of two lengths faster than second-fastest qualifier Sheza Bold Kokopelli. Gun Battle raised his record to two wins and a fourth in the New Mexican Spring Futurity from three starts with the trial victory.

Sheza Bold Kokopelli won her maiden in her trial, timed in 17.878 seconds. She was fourth in her only other start.

Dashs Dream euthanized

Dashs Dream, the 1984 world champion and earner of $1,119,610, was euthanized on Tuesday due to complications from colic and congestive heart failure. She was 25.

Bred and owned by Joe Kirk Fulton, Dashs Dream won 19 of 24 races, including nine stakes. At 3, she won the Grade 1 Champion of Champions, the Grade 1 All American Derby, and Grade 1 Los Alamitos Derby on her way to her world championship.

As a broodmare, Dashs Dream produced 6 winners from 8 starters, including stakes winner Effortless Dream.

Allred buys Snowbound

Ed Allred, owner of Los Alamitos Race Course and a nine-time AQHA champion breeder, purchased the Thoroughbred stallion Snowbound from Robert Pulse of Yakima, Wash. on Monday.

Snowbound, 11, is the sire of 2005 Ford California Challenge winner Snowbound Sapphire and Snowbound Superstar, the 10 1/2-length winner of the 870-yard Gold Rush Derby in 44.02 seconds on May 26. Griswold's Los Alamitos track record is 43.99 seconds.