09/23/2003 11:00PM

'Whosleaving' on rebound


Co-world champion Whosleaving-who will try to avenge a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Invitational Handicap when he faces the top three Go Man Go finishers in the Grade 1, $200,000 Los Alamitos Championship at 440 yards on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Whosleavingwho, trained by Paul Jones, shared the 2002 world championship with Streakin Sin Tacha and could be on his way to a second world title this year. A gelding owned by Kim Kessinger and Jim Geiler, Whosleavingwho has Grade 1 wins this year in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship, the Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship, and the Vessels Maturity.

Takin on Spoon Man, Chicks First Policy, and Catchmeinyourdreams - one-two-three in the Go Man Go - are set for another run at the champ.

Takin on Spoon Man won his first Grade 1 event when he took the Aug. 30 Go Man Go by a neck over Chicks First Policy, covering the 400 yards in 19.798 seconds. He also won the Laguna Hills Handicap on Jan. 17.

In five starts this year, Chicks First Policy, the champion 3-year-old of 2000, has an allowance win over Champion of Champions runner-up Runahalf and a second to Catchmeninyourdreams in the Silver Strand Handicap.

On May 31, Catchmeinyourdreams won the Grade 2 MBNA America California Challenge Championship, qualifying him for the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship on Nov. 1 at Los Alamitos.

Trying to regain winning rhythm

Last time out, Magic and Rhythm failed to extend a four-race winning streak. Now the Governor's Cup Derby winner will try to launch another string of victories when she starts Friday night at Los Alamitos in the Grade 3, $32,450 Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap, a 350-yard race for 3-year-olds.

In her most recent race, Magic and Rhythm, owned by Enrique Gonzalez's EG High Desert Farms, stumbled at the start of the Ford California Challenge and finished seventh as the 9-10 favorite.

Magic and Rhythm earned the status of odds-on favorite by winning four straight races, highlighted by the Governor's Cup Derby on June 21. The Concepcion Balderrama-trained filly won the Governor's Cup Derby as the 2-5 favorite, defeating Sum Special Strawfly by a half-length and racing the 400 yards in a sharp 19.66 seconds.

Magic and Rhythm had started her winning streak on Feb. 21, when she won the Oceanside Handicap. On March 22, she showed she had the speed to be a premier stakes performer when she won the La Pacifica Handicap in a superb 17.28 seconds for 350 yards.

Jones will have his usual multi-horse entry in the Sgt Pepper Feature. He will saddle Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner Lock to Load, West/Southwest Challenge Derby winner Ryons First Down, and recent allowance winner Streakin Corona.

Lock to Load returns to Los Alamitos after winning an allowance race in two starts at Ruidoso Downs this summer.

Ryons First Down is making his Los Alamitos debut in preparation for the Grade 1 Bayer Legend Derby Challenge on Nov. 1.