08/23/2007 12:00AM

Two All American qualifiers injured


The Grade 1, $2 million All American Futurity will have two defections, but the top two qualifiers - Heartswideopen and Wild Six - are on target for their 440-yard showdown on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.

The expected scratches of third-fastest qualifier Sure I Fly and 10th-fastest qualifier Royal Holland Line will reduce the field to eight starters. The connections of these two horses will be entered for the All American Futurity and then will split ninth- and 10th-place money after they are scratched.

Sure I Fly finished second in his trial behind fastest qualifier Heartswideopen, but suffered a knee injury that renders him unable to compete in the futurity, according to trainer Todd Fincher.

In a strange occurrence, Royal Holland Line became rambunctious in the winner's circle after his trial win and sustained a hind-leg tendon injury requiring surgery. He may not race again, but is recovering from surgery in trainer Paul Jones's barn.

All American Futurity favorites Heartswideopen and Wild Six came out of their trial wins in excellent shape. Heartswideopen, who won the Ruidoso Futurity earlier this meet, came out of her stall in trainer Carl Draper's barn the morning after her All American trial win for an hour-long TVG shoot without showing any signs of wear.

"She's perfect," said Draper, winner of the 2005 All American Futurity with DM Shicago.

The following morning, Wild Six was in the same condition for her 6:30 a.m. TVG taping, playing on the walker after hand-grazing with trainer Wes Giles.

Heartswideopen raced to the fastest all-time All American Futurity qualifying time and the fastest 440 yards ever by a filly or mare when she won her trial in 20.921 seconds.

Wild Six is undefeated from six starts with Grade 1 wins in the $266,000 West Texas Futurity and the $625,000 Rainbow Futurity.

Apollitical Time out to defend title

Champion Apollitical Time looks to repeat her superb victory in last year's California Challenge when she starts in the Grade 1, $75,150 Bank of America California Challenge on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

The winner receives an invitation to the Grade 1, $300,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos on Nov. 3.

Apollitical Time won last year's California Challenge in 21.18 seconds, only .01 off Dash for Cash's 440-yard track record and the fastest time ever run at night at Los Alamitos. Dash for Cash set his track record during the daytime running of the 1976 Champion of Champions.

The California Challenge started a fall run for Apollitical Time that led to the 2006 champion aged mare title. After the Challenge she won the Grade 1 Millie Vessels Handicap and the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Championship before finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Champion of Champions as the 19-10 favorite.

Apollitical Time's rivals include Catchmeinyourdreams and a pair from the Paul Jones barn.

The 8-year-old gelding Catchmeinyourdreams is in top form with an allowance win and a second in the Grade 1, $150,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship from two starts this year. That Childers made him a millionaire in his 48th start.

Five-time defending national champion trainer Paul Jones will saddle champion Strawkins and Leading Spirit. Strawkins won the 2006 Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs in a track-record time of 20.73 for 440 yards. In 2005, Leading Spirit won his first seven starts, including Grade 1 wins in the Ruidoso Futurity and the Rainbow Futurity.