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Separate Fire sets 2YO track record while posting fastest time to Kindergarten Futurity

May 9, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Tremor Enterprises’ Separate Fire set a new track record for a 2-year-old at 300 yards after posting the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 1 $339,600 Kindergarten Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Separate Fire covered the distance in :15.10, eclipsing the mark for a 2-year-old previously held by stablemate Blues Girls Choice. The latter set that record almost a exactly a year ago when he covering the distance in :15.14 in a maiden race on May 9, 2010.

Separate Fire’s record effort on a much larger stage, as the daughter of Walk Thru Fire delivered a breathtaking victory while firmly establishing herself as one to beat in the Kindergarten final to be held on Sunday, May 22.

“We wanted a Walk Thru Fire baby and that’s why we bought her from the consignment of Dr. Steve Burns at the Heritage Place Sale,” said Jose Trevino of Tremor Enterprises. “Walk Thru Fire is an outstanding sire and a lot of his horses seem to hit it big. I try to make it to as many races as possible here at Los Alamitos. We feel that whether the horse is a star or not we want to treat the horse the same way. They are all important to us.

“We had Mr Piloto last year win the All American Futurity and the previous year we had Tempting Dash, who was the champion 2-year-old colt,” Trevino added. “We hope this filly stays healthy and continues her good form.”

Separate Fire is out of the Separatist filly Septacular and is now a perfect two for two in her career thus far. She broke her maiden in her previous start when covering the distance in :15.40. Prior to that effort, the filly set what is believed to be the fastest 220-yard gate work by an unraced 2-year-old when she stopped the clock in a time of :11.80 on March 19.

“She’s naturally fast,” said Paul Jones, the nine-time AQHA Champion trainer. “She’s light on her feet. She’s a fast filly. When she drilled in :11.80 Ramon Sanchez had to straighten her out during the first 50 yards. That’s all he was worried about during the early part of that workout and then once he got her head going straight that’s when he started riding her. When we saw that her time was an :11.80 we knew we had a super fast filly. There’s a tailwind for her race and she had a good start. That’s a combination that’ll get a :15.10 with her. She’s one of the fastest babies that I have this year. I do have a two others that I think are fast like her and they are Natalie Dash and Inmate Separate.”

For now, Separate Fire is the big star in the Paul Jones barn.

The stallion Walk Thru Fire enjoyed a huge Kindergarten trial night, as he had the three fastest qualifiers to the Grade 1 race. In addition to Separate Fire, he also sired Danielle Hall and Jim Hanson’s Fixin To Fly and Mike Abraham’s This Boogie Fires. Ridden by Jay Conklin, Fixin To Fly posted the second fastest time of :15.184 while scoring a terrific wire to wire victory by 1 ¾ lengths. The gelding came into this race after running second in two previous starts – first against Red Dasher and then against Kindly Fellow. Both of those horses qualified to the Kindergarten final as well and in fact This Boogie Fires outdueled both of them in a tough trial.

“I thought the trial with This Boogie Fires, Kindly Fellow and Red Dasher was the toughest of the night,” Abraham said. “We added a shadow roll on This Boogie Fires and I think that helped her. She won her debut, but she ran with her head a little bit high. That’s why we added a small shadow roll for this start. Red Dasher had us at the start. He was way ahead. He lugged in a little bit and when he got a little closer to her that’s when she started going. She broke great out of the gate. If she never breaks worse than she did tonight I’ll be tickled to death. She closed great in this race. I thought we were running for second when I saw the way Red Dasher flew out of there. “

Trained by seven-time Kindergarten winner Jaime Gomez, This Boogie Fires won her trial in a time of :15.191. Like Separate Fire, she’ll also go into the Kindergarten having won her first two career starts.

“I’m happy to get into the Kindergarten with a nice filly like her,” Gomez said. “(Jockey) Alejandro Luna said she ran in spurts tonight. He felt like she stopped three times during this race. She would go and then she would wait. Alejandro felt like she was looking for company to run along with her. When he started using his stick, that’s when she started flying.”

Second to This Boogie Fires, Kindly Fellow still delivered a super time of :15.219. The gelded son of TR Dasher had previously won his debut in great fashion, covering the distance in :15.40.

“I don’t care what anyone else says or thinks,” said Jose Flores, who saddled West Coast Hawk to victory in last year’s Kindergarten. “The best horses in the world are here at Los Alamitos Race Course. You can bring a horse from out of state to run here and that horse will take on the best horses anywhere. That’s the truth. The quality of competition here is second to none. My horse got bumped leaving the gate, but he still ran his heart out. He barely lost by a head. It happens. We’re in the dance, so that’s the best part of it all. I’m thrilled that another horse in my barn, Rlr Tres Premios, also qualified to the final with the ninth fastest time. I am upset because Rocking Dasher was not able to get a good start to have a chance to qualify. I thought he had a great chance to make the final, but that just tells you how incredibly tough it is to make it to a race like the Kindergarten.”

RLR Tres Premios, who is owned by Flores and J. Rettier and Ronald Ore-Giron, was ridden by teenage jockey Eswan Flores. RLR Tres Premios is a son of Tres Seis.

Trainer Adan Farias qualified two horses to the Kindergarten final in the form of fifth fastest qualifier Sompin About First for David and Ross Hinkins and also S-Quarter K LLC’s Ima Chickie Two. The latter finished second to Mark and Mary Parsons’ Kobe, while Sompin About First is owned by the connections of last year’s Ed Burke Million Futurity winner First Down Illusion. Just like First Down Illusion, Sompin About First is a son of First Down Dash. He won his trial in a time of :15.28.

“The owners have enjoyed great luck with First Down Dash babies,” Farias said. “The thing I love about this horse is that he wants distance. He’ll get better as the distance of races get longer. Jockey Rodrigo Aceves said this horse had a lot more left in the tank. I talked to David Hinkins right after the trials and I reminded him that I had told them that this horse was a good one. He laughed when I said that.”

Sompin About First is also two for two in his career.

On a day that Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers were swept out of the NBA playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks, Kobe still came away a winner in the third race on Sunday, May 8. Owned by Mark and Mary Parsons of Anaheim Hills, the 2-year-old Quarter Horse colt broke his maiden by posting the sixth fastest time to the Kindergarten. The Parsons are huge Lakers fans and named the equine Kobe after the superstar guard.

On Sunday, Kobe had a slam dunk effort, as he finished strongly to beat a field that included the aforementioned Ima Chickie Two and the Texas-bred KR All Summer Long in a time of :15.283.

“When you believe in a horse as much as we believe in Kobe and it’s very emotional when you see him come through like he did tonight,” said Mary Parsons. “He broke slow in his first start and then he came flying. He knew that he could do with a good start.”

“We sold his mother, Rubiate, but if Kobe keeps running well we may have to buy her back,” Mark Parsons added.

The complete list of qualifiers to the Kindergarten Futurity is as follows: Separate Fire (:15.100), Fixin To Fly (:15.184), This Boogie Fires (:15.191), Kindly Fellow (:15.219), Sompin About First (:15.28), Kobe (:15.283), Red Dasher (:15.291), Ima Chickie Too (:15.301), RLR Tres Premios (:15.312), Features Gift (:15.373).