12/14/2006 12:00AM

Two with claims to titles


The winners of two of last weekend's Grade 1 stakes at Los Alamitos, the $600,000 Champion of Champions and the $2 million Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, significantly helped their chances for 2006 championship honors.

Wave Carver solidified his bid for the world champion title with his win in the Champion of Champions, while the filly Blues Girl Too became a prime prospect for champion juvenile honors with her Two Million victory.

Wave Carver followed his older brother Ocean Runaway by winning the Champion of Champions. Last year, Ocean Runaway won that stakes on his way to being named champion 3-year-old colt. The 3-year-old gelding DM Shicago was named 2005 world champion on the strength of his three Grade 1 derby wins at Ruidoso Downs.

Wave Carver could outdo his brother and get the world champion title with his Grade 1 wins in the Los Alamitos Super Derby and the Champion of Champions.

One supporter of Wave Carver is jockey G.R. Carter, who finished a nose behind Wave Carver in the Champion of Champions on Be a Bono. "Wave Carver won the biggest derby and the biggest race," Carter said. "He won it on the track."

"Wave Carver deserves to be world champion now," said Gary Muller, who owned Ocean Runaway when he won the Champion of Champions and is co-owner of Wave Carver. "He hooked the best and won."

Wave Carver has been retired as a millionaire and the winner of 11 of 18 career starts.

There is one more Grade 1 stakes on the national calendar, the $400,000 Championship at Sunland Park on Dec. 30, to influence the world champion voting.

Blues Girl Too muddled the juvenile picture with her Los Alamitos Two Million victory.

There were five Grade 1 futurities worth at least $1 million in 2006 and Blues Girl Too became the fifth horse to win one of those stakes. To her credit, she defeated three of those $1 million winners in the Two Million - Ed Burke Million winner FDD Dynasty, All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here, and Golden State Million winner Jess You and I. Blues Girl Too was second to FDD Dynasty in the Ed Burke Million and second behind Jess You and I in the Golden State Million.

Remember Me Rose made a championship bid with her win two weeks ago in the $300,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship to go with a win in the Grade 2 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship and a second as the odds-on favorite in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity.

Blues Girl Too is owned by the Lucky Seven Ranch of Russell Stooks, and Stooks said she deserves to be named 2-year-old champion.

"She beat No Secrets Here three times, she beat FDD Dynasty two out of three times, and she split two races with Jess You and I," Stooks said.

Remember Me Rose's trainer, Ben Torres, said: "I'd really like to run against Blues Girl Too. The championship is definitely between those two."

Remember Me Rose will make one more 2006 start, in the trials to the Sunland Winter Futurity on Dec. 22, according to Torres.

The All American Futurity winner always receives serious championship consideration, and No Secrets Here followed his stakes record All American win with a third in the Two Million after enduring a troubled trip. His 2006 earnings of $1,375,745 top all Quarter Horses.

"It's hard to say if No Secrets Here will be champion 2-year-old," said his trainer, Paul Jones. "I think he deserves it, but others may disagree."

* Gotta Get goes for his sixth straight stakes win in the Grade 1, $125,000 Jess Burner Stakes for older New Mexico-breds racing 400 yards on Saturday afternoon at Sunland Park. He won the $211,000 New Mexico Cup Championship as the even-money favorite in his most recent start.

* Value the Man, winner of the 2005 Los Alamitos Million Futurity, has a class advantage when he stretches out to 550 yards in the $25,000 Paul Ford Handicap at Los Alamitos on Saturday night. He has raced to a pair of seconds in his five starts since his Million victory.

* On Star Cowboy carries high weight of 125 pounds when he goes for his third straight win in the $125,000 Challenger Six Handicap over 870 yards at Sunland Park on Sunday. He comes off a two-length win in the $160,000 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship at Zia Park.