10/11/2006 11:00PM

Two streaks on the line


Be a Bono and Apollitical Time, each a champion riding a three-stakes-race winning streak, will meet at 440 yards in the Grade 1, $200,000 Los Alamitos Championship on Saturday night.

Be a Bono, the 2004 world champion, is after his fourth consecutive Grade 1 win after winning the Vessels Maturity, Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship, and the Go Man Go Handicap, all at 400 yards, since June 23. In the Vessels Maturity and the Childers Championship, he ran away from his rivals to daylight victories. In the Go Man Go. the 5-year-old gelding caught LDS Dash for Dylan to win by a head.

Be a Bono has made each of his 19 career starts at Los Alamitos, with 13 wins, including 9 Grade 1 wins.

Apollitical Time, the 2005 champion 3-year-old filly, is contending for another championship title after Grade 2 wins in the California Breeders Matron Stakes and the MBNA America California Challenge, and a Grade 1 win in the Mildred Vessels Handicap.

In the California Challenge, Apollitical Time defeated Catchmeinyourdreams and LDS Dash for Dylan in 21.18 seconds for the 440 yards, just .01 of a second off Dash for Cash's track record set in the 1976 Champion of Champions.

Catchmeinyourdreams and LDS Dash for Dylan return in the Los Alamitos Championship.

Catchmeinyourdreams is after his record-extending fourth straight Los Alamitos Championship victory. His three straight Los Alamitos Championship wins helped him earn a championship title each of the past three years.

LDS Dash for Dylan won the Grade 2 MBNA America Northwest Challenge and had the lead in the Go Man Go until he was caught by Be a Bono.

Strawkins returns to Los Alamitos after being named horse of the meet this summer at Ruidoso Downs. At the New Mexico track, he set a 440-yard track record of 20.736 seconds in dominating the Rainbow Derby and then encountered off tracks in his All American Derby trial and the derby finals, finishing third as the favorite in both races.

The winner of the Los Alamitos Championship receives an invitation to the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 9.