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Sunday’s Kindergarten trials are first big test of futurity season at Los Alamitos

May 4, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ten maiden winners, including impressive debutantes Just A Fairytale and The Cartel Straw, are among the 62 2-year-olds that will compete in Sunday’s trials to the Grade 2 $268,200 Kindergarten Futurity at Los Alamitos Race Course. The trials will be highlighted by a meeting between four maiden winners in the form of Chics On Fire, Henoshersecret, Mr Ease Cartel and Tres Racer in the final trial of the night. A total of eight trials will be contested on the nine-race card. The horses with the 10 fastest times in the trials will advance to the Kindergarten final to be held on Sunday, May 20.

Mimi Well’s Chics On Fire kicked off the 2-year-old racing season with a sharp looking ¾ length score on April 6. The gray filly by Walk Thru Fire was an impressive finisher in that race and repeat effort will make her tough to overcome in this race. Then there’s Henoshersecret, whose neck victory on April 13, came with a fast time of :15.46 at 300 yards for owner/breeders Paul Jones and Thompson Racing. Tres Racer posted a fast debut win when she won in a time of :15.44 and she boasts the winning connections of trainer Roberto Dominguez and owner Kolleen Ledgerwood. Bonanza Racing Stables’ Mr Ease Cartel completes this winning foursome after delivering a gutsy victory on April 14.

While the final trial brings together four solid maiden winners, the outstanding 2-year-old so far this season is arguably Bonanza Racing Stables’ The Cartel Straw. Sired by 1996 Kindergarten winner Corona Cartel, the filly The Cartel Straw crushed her opposition by 1 ¼ lengths on April 13 and her winning time of :15.36 rates as the best among this group of Kindergarten hopefuls. The Cartel Straw will be in action in race number five against a field that also includes Revv Me Up, the daughter of former Kindergarten winner Revv It Up.

Blaine Bateman’s Just A Fairytale was just as impressive as The Cartel Straw, as she won her maiden effort by 1 ¼ lengths on April 21. Just A Fairytale did not have a perfect start in this race, as she stumbled leaving the gate before recovering to win in a time of :15.51 for trainer Paul Jones. Just a Fairytale is a daughter of Corona Cartel and out of the Grade 1 futurity finalist Christie Jo Dash. She’ll be racing in Sunday’s seventh race.

Bonanza Racing Stables will be a major player on this night based on the powerful posse that will represent it in the Kindergarten trials. In addition to The Cartel Straw and Mr Ease Cartel, Bonanza will also have maiden winner To Catch This Wagon on its side in addition to Sportiness Cartel, who finished second to stablemate The Cartel Straw in her own racing debut.

The trials will get underway with seven 2-year-olds in action in the evening’s second race. Linda Pura’s Splash Of Corona is the lone maiden winner in this race, but three others hit the board in their previous start. One Famous Fire, a colt by Walk Thru Fire, finished second in his last out and he does have the edge in experience as this will be his third career starts. Howard Nichols’ Wears The Pants will debut in this trial after posting a pair of good looking workouts. She had the bullet work on the morning of April 12 after drilling 220 yards in :12.20. Nichols campaigned Ed Burke Million Futurity third place finisher Oceanik and co-owned Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner I Like The Odds in 2011.

Cesar Muniz’s Sugarbear Sax Man won his racing debut in a modest 300-yard time of :15.82 and now headlines the third trial. Blackberry Czech and Tahiti Cartel both raced their maiden starts in a much faster time than Sugarbear Sax Man so they both have to be considered big contenders in this race. Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Separate Deeis is one of the horses to watch in the fifth trial thanks to his consistent string of workouts. This will be his first career start. Sportiness Cartel will be a force in the seventh trial, but she’ll have to deal with the good looking colt Opus One, who races for Anna and Rod MacPherson. The Kindergarten Futurity is the first of six major futurities contested at Los Alamitos in 2012. Held at Los Alamitos since 1955, the Kindergarten has been won by the household names in the Quarter Horse racing world like Pokey Bar, Jet Deck, Easy Date, Town Policy, First Down Dash, Corona Chick and Hawkish and so many other great stars.