10/09/2002 11:00PM

World champions rematched at Los Al


A Ransom and Tailor Fit, the winners of the last three Quarter Horse world champion titles, will meet Saturday night in the Grade 1, $200,000 Los Alamitos Championship - a race that could have a bearing on this year's world champion voting.

Tailor Fit won the world title in 1999 and 2001. A Ransom was the 2000 world champion.

The Texas-based Tailor Fit must take on A Ransom, the top-ranked horse in the American Quarter Horse Association poll, on A Ransom's home track.

A Ransom has won 13 of his last 15 starts. His most recent setback was a third to Tailor Fit in the 2001 Champion of Champions, their last meeting.

Since the Champion of Champions, A Ransom has won four straight races for his owners, John and Kathie Bobenreith, including The Championship at Sunland Park, the Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship, and the Vessels Maturity. All three were Grade 1 races.

In the Aug. 10 Vessels Maturity, A Ransom earned his 2002 Champion of Champions invitation with a dominating two-length win and also became the first horse to win the Vessels Maturity in three consecutive years. His time of 19.42 seconds for the 400 yards lowered the stakes record he set in 2001 by .02 of a second.

A Ransom, trained by Connie Hall, won the 2000 Los Alamitos Championship on his way to his world champion title. In last year's race, the 6-year-old gelding dropped a head decision to Corona Kool.

A Ransom needs just $30,444 to become a millionaire and second place in the Los Alamitos Championship pays $35,000. The winner receives $100,000.

Tailor Fit, who is owned by Betty Jane Burlin and trained by Janet VanBebber, won last year's world title with four Grade 1 wins, culminated by his Champion of Champions victory over A Ransom. A Los Alamitos Championship win would earn Tailor Fit a berth in this year's Champion of Champions on Dec. 14.

Tailor Fit is looking for his first win of this year after finishing second in each of his three starts - the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship, the Grade 1 MBNA America Oklahoma Challenge, and the Grade 2 MBNA America East Challenge. His second-place finish in the Oklahoma Challenge earned him an invitation to the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship on Nov. 2 at Lone Star Park because the winner, Jubilant Streak, is unable to compete.

Faced with the daunting task of challenging the two world champs is Whosleavingwho, the 2001 champion 3-year-old gelding, who comes off a win in the Grade 1, $110,350 Go Man Go Handicap.

Achievement in Challenge

The final berth in the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America Challenge Championship will be determined when the 3-year-old Achievement meets older horses in the Grade 2, $69,390 West/Southwest Challenge over 440 yards at Turf Paradise on Saturday.

Achievement, a son of leading sire Chicks Beduino and millionaire Florentine, won the 2001 Los Alamitos Million Juvenile. He qualified for last year's Grade 1 Golden State Futurity and this year's Grade 2 Ruidoso Derby.

Diamond Cut Diamond is trying to return to the Challenge Championship, at Lone Star Park, after qualifying last year with a win in the Grade 2 Northwest Challenge Championship.

Woodlands stakes action

Fastest qualifier Principal Chick goes for his first stakes win in the Grade 2, $104,284 Kansas Futurity and Bac By Design heads the Grade 3, $38,436 Kansas Derby at The Woodlands on Sunday.

Principal Chick topped the futurity qualifiers with a trial win in 18.044 seconds for 350 yards.

Bac By Design, winner of the 2001 Cherry Creek Futurity, defeated last year's Kansas Futurity winner Mimi Scooter in their trial.

Stylus Edge at SunRay

Diamond Classic Futurity winner Stylus Edge goes for his second futurity win in the Grade 3, $69,191 Four Corners Futurity on Sunday at SunRay Park near Farmington, N.M.

Stylus Edge has won four of five starts, including his Four Corners Futurity trial with the fastest qualifying time of 17.470 seconds for 350 yards.