03/20/2002 1:00AM

West Texas trials start dash for cash


A total of 113 juveniles will make their first attempt to become big-money futurity horses in the 12 trials to the Grade 1, $276,886 West Texas Futurity on Friday afternoon at Sunland Park.

The 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest qualifying times will make their stakes debut in the 300-yard finals on April 7.

Jam Thru Traffic made his career debut at Sunland Park on March 1 and won a 300-yard maiden race in 15.197 seconds with the help of a 25 mph tailwind. He is in the second trial.

First Place Affair, an $82,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Quarter Horse yearling sale, fought an 18 mph headwind on March 2 to win his first start in 15.886 seconds over 300 yards.

First Place Affair is a sister to 2001 Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity third-place finisher First Regards. She is in the ninth trial.

Hes My Dasher in trial

Recent Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship runner-up Hes My Dasher, the champion 2-year-old gelding of 1998, will attempt to qualify for the Grade 1, $100,000 MBNA America New Mexico Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Sunland Park.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the two 440-yard trials return for the finals on April 7.

Hes My Dasher returned from a layoff of more than 10 months in November at Los Alamitos. Since his return, he has won a pair of allowance races and the Double Bid Handicap, and finished second to champion Corona Kool in the Winter Championship on March 2.

Two other trial entrants, Heza Wicked Man and Kendall Jackson, are "now horses" at Sunland Park.

Heza Wicked Man won the Grade 3 West Texas Maturity on March 2 by a neck over the odds-on favorite, Kendall Jackson, winner of the Sunland Express Handicap.

Reed ready to continue dominance

Trainer Rodney Reed is primed to continue his dominance in the Grade 1 Blue Ribbon Futurity and the Grade 3 Blue Ribbon Derby at Blue Ribbon Downs.

Reed, who has saddled the winner of the Blue Ribbon Futurity eight times since 1991, has five of the 10 finalists in Saturday's running, worth $173,993. Leading the Reed contingent is Shake Em Rita Ballou, the fastest qualifier with a time of 17.228-seconds for the 330 yards.

Reed, a five-time Blue Ribbon Derby winner, also has five horses in Sunday's $34,747 Blue Ribbon Derby.

The fastest Reed-trained qualifier is the third-fastest qualifier overall, Royal Blue Chew Chew, winner of his trial in 17.810 seconds for the 350 yards.

Winning Blues after stakes win

Fastest qualifier Winning Blues goes after his first stakes win in the Grade 2, $101,584 West Texas Derby at Sunland on Sunday afternoon.

With the backing of a 20 mph tailwind, Winning Blues won his 400-yard trial in 19.318 seconds, only .13 seconds off the track record.

Winning Blues was third in the Casino Cash Derby on Feb. 24.

Kiptys First Dash qualified for last year's Sunland Fall Futurity and West Texas Futurity. He is the second-fastest qualifier for the West Texas Derby with a time of 19.371 seconds.