Three berths in the $500,000 Champion of Champions next month are up for grabs tonight in the Z. Wayne Griffin Director's Trials.
Eighteen horses will compete in two 400-yard trials, including the reigning co-horse of the year, Streakin Sin Tacha.
Owned and trained by Janet Van Bebber, Streakin Sin Tacha, a 5-year-old gelding, will be making his first start since July 12. He will be ridden by Alvin Brossette and will break from Post 3 in the second trial, facing a field that includes First To Flash, the top 2-year-old colt of 2002, and First Regards, the champion 3-year-old filly last year.
In the first trial, Zookie Street, who was third in the recent MBNA Challenge Championship, will face The Down Side, Chicks First Policy and Royaltime Classic.
The picks: 1. Eternally Irish. 2. Proof Im Hi. 3. Zoras. 4. Regent Te. 5. Classic Impact. 6. Caperucita Roja. 7. Ryans Ridge. 8. Royaltime Classic. 9. Streakin Sin Tacha. 10. Hold Em Or Deal.
Four! Eternally Irish in the first, Proof Im Hi, Chicking and Splash For Glory in the second, Zoras and the Rodania Arbi entry in the third and El Magey, Regent Te, Proud Fantacia and Willie Got Game in the fourth.
Shots in the dark: Who Dis is dropped a notch and should be rolling late in the sixth. Playful Bugs moves up in class in the seventh after winning gamely at 220 yards.
Post Time: 7:15 p.m.
On the Net: For entries and results from Los Alamitos, visit: www.latimes.com/horseracing/