09/10/2002 11:00PM

'Struttin' in fine spot

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Fastest qualifier Struttin to Beduino looks to have found a good spot for his second 2002 stakes win in the Grade 2, $64,800 MBNA America Central Challenge at Prairie Meadows on Friday.

The winner of the 440-yard stakes for 3-year-old and older horses qualifies for the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship at Lone Star Park on Nov. 2.

Struttin to Beduino, winner of the Grade 2 Eastex Handicap at Remington Park on April 6, was the fastest qualifier by the closest of times when he won his trial by a nose over the second-fastest qualifier, Let the Straw Fly.

Struttin to Beduino, trained by Charley Hunt, won the trial in 21.145 seconds for the 440 yards while Let the Straw Fly was clocked in 21.146 seconds.

The 3-year-old Let the Straw Fly will be facing his first stakes test after winning his maiden race and two allowance races from six starts this year.

Chiarascuro won't see A Ransom

When Chiarascuro loads into the Los Alamitos starting gate for the Grade 1, $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap on Saturday night, the gelding will have improved chances in the 400-yard stakes, because he will not face A Ransom.

A Ransom, Quarter Horse racing's top-ranked horse, has defeated Chiarascuro in each of their last three meetings, including A Ransom's stakes-record win in the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity.

A Ransom passed the Go Man Go, and he could point to the Grade 1, $200,000 Los Alamitos Championship on Oct. 12.

Rutilo Romero's Chiarascuro, winner of the MBNA America California Challenge Championship, is the highweight at 124 pounds. He won the California Challenge by a nose over Pure D Cool.

Chiarascuro, trained by Paul Jones, was second to A Ransom in the Vessels Maturity and their Vessels Maturity trial, and third to A Ransom in the Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship.

Also in the Go Man Go are 2000 champion 2-year-old gelding Dashing Knud, third in the California Challenge, and Grade 1 Bayer Legend Challenge Championship winner Dashin Bye.

The Go Man Go winner receives an invitation to the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 14.

Brother entry in 870-yard Challenge

The half-brothers Ice Eyes and On Black Ice, each out of the mare Dawn Is On, will be an entry in the $22,590 MCI Central Challenge at 870 yards on Saturday at Prairie Meadows. The two geldings are owned and bred by Albert and Shirley Hogoboom, and trained by Joe Thomas.

Ice Eyes, winner of the 2001 Kansas-Bred Derby, won the first of two trials on Sept. 1.

On Black Ice, winner of the 2000 Kansas Jackpot Prep Derby, was third in the second trial.