04/13/2006 12:00AM

Sunland: Entry appears formidable

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It's early but they're already jostling for position at the front of the New Mexico-bred juvenile class, and the $195,317 Copper Top Futurity at Sunland Park provides the first real test. The entry of Fantasmo and Twice the Moves figures to dominate the wagering in the Copper Top, a 4 1/2-furlong race for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds.

Fantasmo, trained by Barbara Brown, won his debut impressively despite trouble. In his only race, Fantasmo was boxed in as the even-money favorite under Jorge Martin Bourdieu but was finally able to extricate himself and blast home to win clear. That victory, which came in an allowance qualifier to the Copper Top, earned him a 73 Beyer Speed Figure, by far the highest figure in the field. Bourdieu has the call again.

Twice the Moves finished fourth in his debut, then romped by seven over maidens on March 12 and again in an allowance qualifier for this race March 28. Like his entrymate, Twice the Moves is a gelded son of top New Mexico sire Ghostly Moves. His two winning Beyers of 56 and 66 at least get him within earshot of Fantasmo. Bourdieu rode Twice the Moves in his three outings but Brian Peck will have the mount Saturday.

If the entry is to be toppled the likely candidate is No Trade. Trained by Dooley Guinn, No Trade was second to Fantasmo on March 28. In that race, his only start, No Trade made the running under Mike Ziegler and still had a length on Fantasmo in midstretch. He had two lengths on the third finisher, Partyband, and earned a Beyer of 69. Ziegler has the call again.