11/19/2003 12:00AM

Streakin Sin Tacha back to races


Streakin Sin Tacha, the 2002 co-world champion, will make his first start since July 12 on Friday night at Los Alamitos. In an attempt to qualify for the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions, he will be starting in the Grade 3 Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials.

The two 400-yard Directors Trials, each with a $20,000 purse, will fill three berths in the 440-yard Champion of Champions, to be held Dec. 13. The horses with the three fastest times from the trials will advance to the Champion of Champions. The winner of the Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park next Friday will also receive a Champion of Champions invitation.

Horses who have won or placed in graded stakes this year are eligible to run in the Directors Trials.

Streakin Sin Tacha, owned and trained by Janet VanBebber, has made only two starts this year. He earned the opportunity to compete in the Directors Trials by finishing second in the Grade 1, $82,000 MBNA America Texas Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park on July 17. His other 2002 start was an allowance race that he won at Sam Houston on June 29.

Streakin Sin Tacha's most recent stakes victory was the Grade 1, $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park on Dec. 28. Last year, he also won the MBNA America Challenge Championship and the Sam Houston Classic.

Meeting Streakin Sin Tacha in the second Directors Trial is the 2002 champion 2-year-old colt, First to Flash, who is coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Derby.

The contentious first Directors Trial brings together millionaire Dashing Knud, champion Chicks First Policy, and Grade 1 stakes winners Mr Pie Chick and Dinastia Toll.

Buchanan out for record

Trainer John Buchanan could equal the record for stakes victories in a meet at Lone Star Park this weekend, with two horses entered in stakes. He has four stakes victories for the meet, and the record is six, held by Janet VanBebber.

Buchanan is having a sensational Lone Star meeting with 8 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds from 23 starters.

One Buchanan trainee, Go You Must, will be after her third straight stakes win when she starts in the $20,000 Kool Kue Baby Handicap on Friday night. She comes off wins in the Bluebonnet Stakes at Sam Houston and an upset win in the Grade 3 Rheudasil Handicap at Lone Star Park.

Run and Pray, a contender in Saturday's Grade 3, $20,000 Lone Star Park Distance Championship for Buchanan, has a win in the Red River Handicap in his most recent race.

Sterling Sport, Harbor Beach back

Sterling Sport and Harbor Beach, the top two finishers in the Grade 1, $100,000 John Deere Distance Challenge Championship, return on Saturday night in the two trials to the Grade 1, $200,000 Marathon National at Los Alamitos.

The Marathon National, quarter horse racing's richest 870-yard race, will be held on Dec. 14.

Sterling Sport, owned by Muller Racing and trained by Denny Ekins, held off a determined Harbor Beach to win the John Deere Distance Challenge Championship by three-quarters of a length on Nov. 1.

The John Cooper-trained Harbor Beach, owned by Vaughn Cook and Lucas Racing, suffered his first defeat from five starts over 870 yards at Los Alamitos in the Distance Challenge Championship. His training had been hampered before the race because of a hoof injury and he had a wide trip, but still rallied gamely.

Thrill Taylor after another futurity win

Thrill Taylor, winner of the Yavapai Downs Futurity, runs in the Grade 3, $71,500 AQRA Futurity at Turf Paradise on Sunday afternoon.

Owned and trained by Ricardo Ramirez, Thrill Taylor won the Grade 3, $47,046 Yavapai Futurity on July 29 for one of his three career wins from eight starts. He won his AQRA Futurity trial by a half-length for the fifth-fastest qualifying time of 20.259 seconds for 400 yards.

Jimmy Eat World topped the AQRA Futurity qualifiers' list with a 20.187-second trial victory, upsetting second-fastest qualifier Shakin Ana Dashin, winner of the ASOA Futurity.