07/26/2006 12:00AM

'Tac It' boasts fastest time for futurity


Fastest qualifier Tac It Like a Man, racing in a wide-open Grade 1, $415,000 Governor's Cup Futurity, is one of the high-profile participants during California Champions Night, a program filled with Cal-bred races offering $1 million in purses at Los Alamitos on Saturday.

Also featured are Wave Carver, fastest qualifier to the Grade 1, $167,000 Governor's Cup Derby, and Be a Bono, a gelding who goes for his third straight win in the Grade 1, $150,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship - a race named after his owner.

Tac It Like a Man won his maiden in his fourth out when he raced to the fastest qualifying time of 17.480 seconds for 350 yards. He was the odds-on favorite in his trial after finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million on June 24.

Second-fastest qualifier The One I Am has three wins and an eighth-place finish in the Ed Burke Million in her last four starts.

In the Governor's Cup Derby, Wave Carver should be the solid choice after dominating his trial with a two-length victory in the fastest qualifying time of 19.495 seconds for 400 yards. A full brother to champion Ocean Runaway, Wave Carver is after his first Grade 1 victory, after seconds in the Grade 1 Golden State Million and the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby.

Be a Bono is in sharp form for the Childers Championship. The 2004 world champion came off a seven-month layoff to finish third in his Vessels Maturity trial, then stepped forward to take the Grade 1 Vessels by 1 1/4 lengths, easily his largest winning margin from six Grade 1 victories.

Three-time champ Catchmeinyourdreams, second in the 2005 Childers, prepared for this year's Childers with a half-length allowance win on June 24. Last fall, he won the Grade 2 MBNA America California Breeders Challenge, Grade 1 Los Alamitos Championship, and Grade 1 MBNA America Challenge Championship in successive starts.

Futurity, derby top Zia Festival

The Zia Festival for New Mexico-breds on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs is headed by fastest qualifier Gun Battle in the Grade 1, $355,848 Zia Futurity and All American Futurity runner-up Arealstraitheart in the $111,824 Zia Derby.

Gun Battle was fifth in the Grade 2 Ruidoso Horse Sale Futurity as the 4-5 favorite, but returned to easily win his Zia Futurity trial by two lengths in 19.489 seconds, the fastest time from 10 trials.

Probable derby favorite Arealstraitheart is 6 for 6 against New Mexico-breds, with two stakes wins, including the 2005 Zia Futurity. He was second in last year's Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity to champion Teller Cartel.

VanBebber trio in TQHA Futurity

Trainer Janet VanBebber sends out three of the four top qualifiers, including the two fastest, in the $341,700 TQHA Sale Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night. The race is for horses from last year's TQHA Sale.

Fastest qualifier Streakin Illusively raced to his second daylight win from two starts when he won his trial by 3 3/4 lengths in 17.706 seconds for 350 yards.

Second-fastest qualifier Shakeatea won his trial after finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Ford East Juvenile Challenge.

Fourth-fastest qualifier Snowy Alibi has a maiden win and two seconds, including in his trial, from three starts.