11/01/2006 12:00AM

Wave Carver out to top big brother at Los Al


Wave Carver will be favored on Friday to do something that his champion brother Ocean Runaway couldn't do last year - win the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby.

A year ago, 1-5 favorite Ocean Runaway finished second to Apollitical Time in the Los Alamitos Super Derby. The earner of $1.6 million, Ocean Runaway then set a Los Alamitos 400-yard track record in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors' Stakes and won the Grade 1 Champion of Champions to secure the champion 3-year-old colt title.

This year, Wave Carver will be the solid choice to gain his first Grade 1 win and progress towards a possible championship when he brings fastest-qualifier honors into the $700,000 derby. Wave Carver was sensational in his trial when he rolled to a 3 1/2-length win in 19.410 seconds for 400 yards.

"I expected Wave Carver to run well," trainer Paul Jones said of the trial win. "He needed a clean break, and he got it. He was training great up to this race."

The trial victory followed a close second-place effort as the 2-5 favorite in the Grade 1 Golden State Derby.

"We ran him back-to-back twice for a total of four starts, so he wasn't as explosive in the Golden State Derby final as he had been in his previous three starts," Jones said.

The deep Los Alamitos Super Derby field includes champion Higher Fire, Finding Nemo, Volcom, and Fishers Tale.

Higher Fire, the 2005 champion 2-year-old, is looking for her first 2006 win after thirds in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Handicap against older mares and the Jens List California Breeders Derby.

Finding Nemo won two Grade 1 futurities, the Governor's Cup Futurity and the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity, in a five-race winning streak a year ago. He was third behind Startlet Hawk and Wave Carver in the Golden State Derby.

Volcom, another member of the Jones stable, won the Grade 1 El Primero Del Ano Derby and closed well to win his Los Alamitos Super Derby trial by a half-length. He has been on the board in 12 of 14 starts with 9 wins.

Fishers Tale raced to his third straight win when he won his Los Alamitos Super Derby trial by three-quarters of a length over Finding Nemo. His time of 19.445 seconds was the second-fastest clocking.

FDD Dynasty after Million

Rarely does the 10th-fastest qualifier to a futurity deserve attention, but that's the situation with FDD Dynasty in the Grade 1, $1,223,800 Golden State Million on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

FDD Dynasty, a perfect 4 for 4 lifetime, is trying to take the next step towards the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza with a Golden State Million victory. The bonus goes to the connections of any horse who can win the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million, and the Los Alamitos Two Million.

FDD Dynasty won the Ed Burke Million on June 24 and then was rested before winning his Golden State Million trial.

Planet Holland returns

Planet Holland, the 350-yard world record holder, is the solid choice to win the $60,000 Lovington Stakes at 400 yards on Saturday at Zia Park.

Planet Holland raced 350 yards in 17.006 seconds to set the world record and win the Higheasterjet Handicap on July 1 at Ruidoso Downs. He then easily won the James Isaac Hobbs Stakes at Zia Park on Sept. 23.