12/07/2005 12:00AM

Turf Paradise track report

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Crack 2-year-old Arizona-bred filly Restride stayed perfect when she won last Saturday's filly division of the $51,515 Arizona Breeders' Futurity, while Levelled made the $53,730 colts-and-geldings division his first career win.

Restride had little trouble making her record 3 for 3 for trainer Glen Wasson as she won by nearly three lengths. Wasson was confident in both his filly and rider Steve Gomez.

"I told Stevie, 'You've been on her more than I have. You know what she can do,' " said Wasson. "He did, and she was a perfect lady."

Meanwhile, a change of tactics boosted Levelled ($28) and jockey Joel Campbell to the males' title in a photo finish over the hard-charging Corporal Tillman. It was another 4 1/2 lengths back to Captain Strider in the field of 12 juveniles.

Campbell said that he and trainer Molly Pearson "changed strategy with this horse" after Levelled's first three races wound up in defeat. "I took him back and made one late run. At the wire, it could have gone either way. It was that close."

* This weekend's two-day qualifying tournament for berths to the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship and the Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series has lured the maximum 250 entrants.

"This is the first time we've sold out," said tournament director Amelia Blanco. "I have an also-eligible list of 27 players."

The tournament offers $105,000 in prize money, with $32,620 going to the winner. The top 12 finishers will go to one of the two finals. The first- through sixth-place finishers will go to the DRF/NTRA finals at Bally's Las Vegas on Jan. 27-28, with the seventh- through 12th-place finishers heading to the Coast Casinos finals at The Orleans in Las Vegas on Jan. 19-21.

Contestants are required to make mythical $2 win and place wagers on Turf Paradise's live races. Winners are determined by adding the two days' total combined payoffs.

Entrants will represent 25 states and Canada. Arizona (60 competitors) and California (40) provide the majority of the contestants.