12/01/2004 1:00AM

Sunland Park track report


Bj a Dash of Rum can improve his career record to 6 for 7 on Friday during trials for the Grade 2, $50,000-added Sunland Park Fall Quarter Horse Futurity. The gelding will start in the eighth race. Other notable starters in the trials include Corona on Tap, winner of the Grade 2 Kansas Futurity at the Woodlands, and Kathys Quest Star, who was third last out to a top-class 2-year-old, Azoom, in the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity.

Kathys Quest Star, who will run in the fourth race, won the Grade 2 Manor Downs Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park in May. She will add Lasix on Friday.

Each trial race will be held over 400 yards, and the finale will be run on Dec. 18.

Sunland races both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, with the first half of each of its cards made up of races for Quarter Horses. The track's first mixed stakes for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses will be held on Sunday. The 870-yard Challenger Six Handicap is worth $125,000, and is restricted to horses bred in New Mexico.

* Rocky Gulch, who won his seventh career stakes in the $132,250 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap for Thoroughbreds last Saturday, could make his next start in the $100,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap for New Mexico-breds Dec. 19, said his trainer, Terry Walker.

Rocky Gulch has won 9 of 14 starts and $478,508 for his owner and breeder, Larry Teague.