05/09/2002 12:00AM

Tailor Fit sticks with proven plan


Defending world champion Tailor Fit begins his quest for his third world championship in the last four years when he goes for his third consecutive win in the Grade 1, $78,480 MBNA America Oklahoma Challenge at 440 yards Saturday at Remington Park.

Tailor Fit, owned by Betty Jane Burlin and trained by Janet Van Bebber, is starting 2002 with a plan similar to his 2001 championship campaign. Like last year, Tailor Fit is coming off a rest since the Grade 1, $500,000 Champion of Champions in mid-December.

Since there were no trials to the Oklahoma Challenge because of a lack of entries, Van Bebber gave Tailor Fit a workout on April 25 - 300 yards in a very fast 15.34 seconds.

"This will give us a chance to possibly add an extra race in California, maybe in June, since he'll be saving a start here," Van Bebber said.

That extra race could be the $150,000-added Spencer Childers Championship on June 22 at Los Alamitos.

Last year, Tailor Fit made just six starts and had four Grade 1 wins, including his two stakes wins at Remington. After a summer's rest, he wrapped up his second world title with wins at Los Alamitos in the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship and the Champion of Champions.

The 7-year-old Tailor Fit thrives at Remington. He has won the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship the last three years and he is the three-time defending horse of the meet. In six career starts at Remington, he has four wins (three Grade 1 and one Grade 2) and two seconds (one Grade 2).

Challenging Tailor Fit will be Grade 2 Eastex Handicap winner Struttin to Beduino and 2001 Mr Jet Moore Stakes winner Awsome Form.

The winner of the Oklahoma Challenge receives a berth in the MBNA America Challenge Championship on Nov. 2 at Lone Star Park.

Newcomers big threats in Texas

Manets Sixmoon Zoom and Saintley Memories each won for the first time in their trials and set the two quickest qualifying times to the Grade 2, $117,540 American Airlines Texas Challenge to be held on Saturday at Retama Park.

Manets Sixmoon Zoom, owned by Jorge and Julie Mendoza, topped the qualifiers from the 10 trials on April 27 when he raced the 350 yards in 18.03 seconds.

Saintley Memories was winless in his first three starts before pulling away to win his Texas Challenge trial by three lengths in 18.13 seconds for the 350 yards.

Also the program, Jesse Leigh Perry, a stakes winner in each of the past three years, goes for her third win in four starts in the Grade 3, $23,940 Texas Distaff Challenge at 400 yards.

Cash is Mine heads Spring Derby

Fastest qualifier The Cash is Mine seeks his second stakes win of The Downs at Albuquerque spring season in the Grade 3, $62,948 Albuquerque Spring Derby on Sunday afternoon.

The Cash is Mine won the Grade 3 Cottonwood Handicap on March 31. He defeated second-fastest qualifier Shazooms Crown by a half-length in their trial. The Cash is Mine was timed in 19.964 seconds for 400 yards while winning the third of three trials on April 26.