12/11/2006 12:00AM

Wave Carver takes Champion of Champions


Wave Carver ended his career at the top of Quarter Horse racing on Saturday, winning the $600,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos in his final start before going to stud in Oklahoma.

A three-time stakes winner in 2006, Wave Carver, 3, is likely to be named World Champion on the basis of his victory Saturday in an outstanding field.

Wave Carver gave trainer Paul Jones his fourth win in the Champion of Champions in the last five years. Wave Carver is a full-brother to the 2005 Champion of Champions winner Ocean Runaway, who was trained by Dennis Ekins.

Wave Carver finished a nose in front of Be a Bono, who was a neck in front of Midwest invader Country Chicks Man. Apollitical Time, the 9-5 favorite, was bumped at the start and finished fourth, a half-length behind Wave Carver.

Racing over a wet-fast racetrack, Wave Carver was always within a neck of the lead and reached the front midway through the race. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Wave Carver ran the 440 yards in 21.18 seconds, a hundredth of a second shy of Dash for Cash's 1976 track record.

Owned by Vaughn Cook, Dan Lucas, Gary Muller and Vessels Stallion Farm, Wave Carver has won 11 of 18 starts and $1,005,946.

In Friday's Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, Blues Girl Too, the only filly in a field of 10, pulled an upset, adding confusion to an already murky picture for leadership of the nation's 2-year-old Quarter Horse division.

The Two Million Futurity was the richest Quarter Horse race in the nation this year.

Ridden by Saul Ramirez, Jr. for trainer Joe Bassett, Blues Girl Too ($23.20) ran 400 yards in 19.31 seconds, the second-fastest 400-yard clocking in track history. The track record of 19.30 seconds was set by Ocean Runaway in 2005.

Blues Girl Too finished a head in front of FDD Dynasty, one of three males in the race who had won seven-figure futurities earlier this year. FDD Dynasty won the $1.1 million Ed Burke Memorial Futurity at Los Alamitos in June.

No Secrets Here, the winner of the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in September, finished third, a length behind Blues Girl Too. Sent off as the 3-2 favorite, No Secrets Here bumped with a rival at the start, but recovered to close ground in the final 200 yards.

Jess You and I, the winner of the $1.2 million Golden State Million Futurity in November, finished fourth.

Blues Girl Too races for Lucky Seven Ranch and has won 5 of 7 starts and $1,214,666.

On Sunday, Spike it and Fly won his first stakesthis year in the $192,500 Southern California Derby. Ridden by Alejandro Luna for Jones, Spike it and Fly took the 400-yard final by a nose over Cut the Snow.

Spike it and Fly ($22.40) was timed in 19.65 seconds. The gelding is owned by Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley.

Snowbound Superstar ($2.40) stretched his winning streak to six with a victory in the $54,100 Marathon National over 870 yards. Trained by Jones and ridden by Cody Jensen, Snowbound Superstar was timed in 44.50 seconds, winning by 3 1/2 lengths over the Thoroughbred Olympic Moment.

Snowbound Superstar is by the Thoroughbred Snowbound and is owned by Tom Brinkley.