04/02/2003 12:00AM

Sunland Park track report


The Carl Draper-trained Hidden Dragon seeks his third consecutive win in the Grade 1, $268,357 New Mexican Spring Futurity at 300 yards for New Mexico-breds quarter horses on Saturday afternoon at Sunland Park.

Hidden Dragon started his career with a 2 1/2-length victory at Sunland Park in a 300-yard maiden race on March 1. He came back and won his 300-yard Spring Futurity trial by 1 1/2 lengths in 15.170 seconds, the fastest time from 11 trials held on March 18.

Second-fastest qualifier Ongoing Ta Fame made his first start in the trials and came through with a one-length win in 15.197 seconds.

One and Onea, the third-fastest qualifier, is undefeated in two career starts.

* West Texas Maturity winner Fortunes Flyer, world-record holder Kendall Jackson, and world champion quarter horse Tailor Fit meet Sunday afternoon in the Grade 1, $112,950 MBNA America New Mexico Challenge, one of two Grade 1 races on the closing day card at Sunland.

The New Mexico Challenge is sharing the bill with the Grade 1, $306,277 West Futurity, headed by fastest qualifier Illegally Special.

Fortune Flyer, owned by the estate of G.C. Broughton Jr., defeated Kendall Jackson in the Grade 2 West Texas Maturity on March 1 and then defeated Kendall Jackson again in their New Mexico Challenge trial. In that trial, the Tim Cross-trained Fortune Flyer finished a neck ahead of second-fastest qualifier Heza Wicked Man, winner of last year's West Texas Maturity.

Kendall Jackson, third in the trial, set the 300-yard world record of 15.074 seconds while winning the Sunland Express Handicap Jan. 18 and the 440-yard world record of 20.733 seconds while winning last year's New Mexico Challenge.

Tailor Fit is looking for his first win since he captured the 2001 Champion of Champions nearly 16 months ago. Last year he was second in four of six starts, including the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship and the Grade 1 MBNA Oklahoma Challenge.

It will be ladies day in the West Texas Futurity, with eight fillies in the finals, including fastest qualifier Illegally Special.

Illegally Special, trained by Sam Howard, won her career debut on March 1 and then won the first of 13 West Texas Futurity trials March 21. Her trial time was 15.208 seconds for the 300 yards.

Second-fastest qualifier First Excellence won a March 4 maiden race by 1 3/4 lengths and then won her West Texas Futurity trial by the same margin in 15.254 seconds.