06/07/2001 12:00AM

Two champs race on Saturday card at Remington Park


Tailor Fit, the 1999 Quarter Horse world champion, and Eyesa Special, the 2000 champion 2-year-old, are the headliners on a card that includes three Grade 1 races Saturday at Remington Park.

Saturday's program wraps up the 33-date Quarter Horse season.

Tailor Fit will be after his third straight victory in the Grade 1 $100,000 Remington Park Championship. Eyesa Special will be trying to bounce back after bleeding in his trial to the Grade 1, $130,267 Heritage Place Derby. The meet's richest race, Saturday's Grade 1, $466,649 Heritage Place Futurity, will have fastest qualifier Rulon Gardner grappling with Grade 1, $309,749 Remington Park Futurity winner Le Magnifique FG.

Tailor Fit, owned by Betty Jane Burlin, won the 1999 Remington Park Championship for one of three Grade 1 wins during his world championship campaign. Last year, Tailor Fit's Remington Park Championship victory was his sole 2000 Grade 1 win.

Trained by Janet VanBebber, Tailor Fit comes into the Remington Park Championship off a win in the Grade 2 Oklahoma Challenge Championship.

"He came back after his [Oklahoma Challenge] trial and improved [in the finals]," VanBebber said. "He's doing awesome and was none the worse for wear after the Challenge."

Eyesa Special, owned by Terry Bell, Jim Pitts, and Bud Hill, has tested trainer Jack Brooks's considerable skills over the past year.

Last spring, Eyesa Special injured his left front hoof and Brooks nursed him through a championship season to wins in the Grade 1, $2.2 million All American Futurity and the Grade 1, $911,000 Texas Classic Futurity.

Now, Brooks is still dealing with the hoof - Eyesa Special wears bar shoes between races - and has the added concern that Eyesa Special bled in his Heritage Place Derby trial while running on Lasix.

"About 75 yards from the wire he stopped," Brooks said of the third-place trial effort. 'We scoped him and everything is okay."

Brooks said he would scratch Eyesa Special if he isn't "110 percent."

The fastest qualifier to the Heritage Place Derby is Bonnie Wilson's Pals Pure D Cross, who won his trial at 49-1.

Rulon Gardner will try to knock off Remington Park Futurity winner Le Magnifique FG, the nation's third-ranked juvenile in the American Quarter Horse Association poll, in the Heritage Place Futurity.

Owned by Joe Morgan and Gerald Kuckelman, Rulon Gardner won his trial by two lengths in 17.910 seconds for the 350 yards, the fastest time from 15 trials.

Frances Glowacki's Le Magnifique FG was bumped midway through his Heritage Place Futurity trial, but still managed to win and post the ninth-fastest qualifying time of 18.028 seconds.