09/02/2003 11:00PM

Tailor Fit, champion, to retire in Remington ceremony


Tailor Fit, the 1999 and 2001 world champion Quarter Horse, will be retired during a ceremony at Sam Houston Race Park on Friday night following the fifth race.

Trained by the late Steve VanBebber and then by Janet VanBebber, Tailor Fit won the Champion of Champions both years he was named world champion. His other Grade 1 wins include the Remington Park Championship for three straight years (1999-2001) and the 2001 MBNA America Challenge Championship.

Tailor Fit, owned by Betty Jane Burlin, won 20 of 40 career starts and earned $1,299,010.

G.S.Futurity to have $1 million purse

The Grade 1 Golden State Futurity will have a $1 million guaranteed purse starting in 2004 and will make Los Alamitos Race Course the first Quarter Horse track to offer two races with $1 million purses.

The other million-dollar race run at Los Alamitos is the Los Alamitos Million.

"The $1,000,000 purse guarantee on the Golden State Futurity is a tribute to all the owners that have made the race one of the highlights of the year in Quarter Horse racing," said Dr. Ed Allred, the track's owner and CEO.

This year's Golden State Futurity, on Oct. 31, is projected to have a $900,000 purse.

Harbor Beach puts record on line

Harbor Beach goes for his fifth win in as many starts at Los Alamitos over 870 yards in the Grade 3, $25,000 Bull Rastus Handicap on Friday night.

Owned by Lucas Racing and Vaughn Cook, Harbor Beach ran his record to 4 for 4 against 870-yard competition at Los Alamitos when he won the John Deere California Distance Championship on Aug. 8.

Harbor Beach, trained by John Cooper, won his maiden race in his first 870-yard start at Los Alamitos on Feb. 2 when he rolled to a 5 1/2-length victory. He moved to the top echelon of the Los Alamitos 870-yard division with a win in the California Breeders Marathon Stakes on June 21.

Lining up against Harbor Beach will be Calyx Handicap winner Available Credit and a Thoroughbred, Johnny Be Good, the winner of seven of his last nine starts against claiming and allowance company.

Buchanan set for big weekend

Trainer John Buchanan has the numbers to have a big Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park with three qualifiers in the Grade 1, $300,000 Sam Houston Futurity and the two fastest qualifiers to the Grade 2, $98,000 Sam Houston Derby.

In the futurity, the Buchanan-trained threesome is led by the second-fastest qualifier, Ima Perry Girl. She won her maiden race on June 29 and then was second to fastest-qualifier Jack Zee Quick in their futurity trial.

Jack Zee Quick, owned by Dallas Blakley and R.P. Stuart, was second in the Grade 3, $180,000 Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs for trainer Ronald Gilmer. He was the only horse to go under the 20-second mark in the Sam Houston Futurity trials with his 19.956-second qualifying time.

The other Buchanan trainees are Graford, winner of the Retama Park Juvenile, and 10th-fastest qualifier Abominable.

The Buchanan-trained TQHA Futurity winner, No Fees, undefeated in five starts, also qualified for the finals, but will not run. She will be sidelined for at least six months after suffering a slab fracture in her trial. She underwent surgery on Aug. 27.

Buchanan's top two qualifiers to the Sam Houston Derby are Prime Talent and Snow Warning.

Prime Talent has two wins from his four starts this year. He qualified for the Grade 1, $137,700 Retama Park Derby but was scratched from the finals. A son of Corona Cartel, he easily topped the qualifiers from the three trials held on Aug. 23 with his 21.568-second victory over 440 yards.

Jim and Marilyn Helzer's Snow Warning was next on the qualifier's list with a 21.848-second time. He was second in the Grade 3, $46,960 Sires' Cup Derby and has been first or second in each of his four starts this year.

Also in the derby finals is last year's Sam Houston Futurity winner, Shiney Sign, second in his derby trial to third-fastest qualifier Hesa Lil Bit High.