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Pupils ready for Kindergarten trials on Sunday

May 3, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Trials to the first major futurity of the year at Los Alamitos Race Course are set as 62 freshman sprinters will compete in trials to the $281,000 Kindergarten Futurity on Sunday night. The 300-yard trials will get underway in the second race of the nine-race card. First post is at 5:15 p.m. The horses with the 10 fastest times in the trials will return for the Kindergarten final on Sunday, May 19.

The trials will feature nine 2-year-olds that have already visited the winner’s circle at Los Alamitos this season. One-third of those winners will be in action in the very competitive third race. The winning trio is headed by Dutch Masters III’s Diamonds N Dynasty, who posted a half-length victory in a time of :15.61 on April 13. Among the other Kindergarten trialists, only her stablemate She Forgives and Gilberto Jasso’s Bad Fast won their debut in a faster time than Diamonds N Dynasty.

Sired by FDD Dynasty, Diamonds N Dynasty is trained by her breeder Jaime Gomez. Gomez is tied with the legendary Blane Schvaneveldt t for the most Kindergarten wins with seven. Four of Gomez’s Kindergarten wins have come with horses owned by Dutch Masters III. Diamonds N Dynasty will start from post one.

The other maiden winners in this trial are Randy and Stacy Hill’s This Wagons Okay, who rallied to post a neck victory on April 20, and Jose Flores’ Glitter In My Face, who enjoyed a wire-to-wire win on April 14. This Wagons Okay will be ridden by Francisco Rubio from post three for trainer Juan Aleman, while Cruz Mendez will pilot Glitter In My Face from post four. Flores is a two-time winning trainer of the Kindergarten. Ed Allred’s Moonlighter is the only horse in this trial with no previous racing experience. The TR Dasher filly is out of mare Moonlight Corona, the winner of the Go Josie Go and Your First Moon Handicaps at Los Alamitos. Shaded Secrets, Red Excell, Last Chancer and KT Cinnamon Foose will also race in this trial.

The opening Kindergarten trial is slated as the second race on the card. This field will include KR Famous Tequilla, Eye Famous Eagle and Ms Paddy, three horses that posted third place finishes in their respective debuts. Eye Famous Eagle will be making his first local start after competing in the trials to the AQRA Presidents Spring Futurity at Turf Paradise, while Rangol is the only runner making his first ever start in this trial.

The third trial of the night (race number four) looks like a showdown between the aforementioned sprinters She Forgives and Bad Fast. The fillies posted two of the most impressive wins by a freshman this season with the Jim Hanson-trained Bad Fast scoring a 3 ¼ runaway victory in :15.54 on April 13. The filly by No Secrets Here is the first foal out of the Tres Seis mare Faster Car.

The Foose filly She Forgives is the only runner in the Kindergarten trials with a faster winning time than Bad Fast. Also trained by Jaime Gomez for Dutch Masters III, She Forgives is out of the four-time stakes winner Forgive Him. Rodrigo Aceves will ride from along the rail. Others to watch in this trial include Meia Corona, who finished second to Diamonds N Dynasty, and Yacht Clubber, who ran third in his debut. Boita Estrella will be making his career debut in this trial.

The fourth division of the trials will feature Paul Jones and Thompson Racing, Inc’s Foose Is Loose, who scored a convincing ¾ length victory in his April 13 debut. Also by Foose, this bay colt is out of 2008 La Pacifica Handicap winner Shescheckinumout. Balgo Racing Team Inc. and Marlyn Gonzalez’s Hot Capuccino finished second in her racing debut, but the daughter of Walk Thru Fire has the fastest individual time posted by any 2-year-old in these trials. The Guillermo Morales-trained filly covered 300 yards in :15.47 when second on April 12. Ed Allred’s Sadie Sis was right behind Hot Capuccino when finishing third in her debut. The filly by freshman sire Kiddy Up covered the distance in :15.52, which is the third fastest among all Kindergarten trialists. Scott Willoughby will saddle her. Also competing in this trial is Docs First Fire, who finished second in her racing debut to Kindergarten trial participant Secretly Buff.

The next trial will feature winners Flying Top Fueler, who races for Flying L Ranch, and Jose Ubario’s Texcoco. AQHA champion trainer Paul Jones will saddle Flying Top Fueler, who won his maiden by ¾ lengths in a quick time of :15.69 on April 14. The Gomez-trained Texcoco rallied to win his debut by a neck in a time of :15.80 on April 12. Also in this trial is Freakier LLC’s Fiesty Flo, who flew in the final 100 yards to move up from fourth to second place in her debut on April 20. Flaming Cartel will be making his racing debut in this trial.

Trial number six, which is race number seven on the card, is wide open, as it will feature maiden runner-up El Payo and third place finishers El Pretty Boy and Timothee. Ruben Jimenez’s El Pretty Boy has the fastest time among the horses in this trial of :15.76 when running second to the aforementioned Secretly Buff. Fashion Foose will make his first career start from along the rail in this trial. The filly posted a solid :12.20 drill back on April 2 and most recently worked 350 yards in :18.50 on April 16.

Ben McKinney and James Hanson’s Secretly Buff will head trial number seven following his half-length victory on April 12 against a solid group that featured the previously mentioned runners Docs First Fire and El Pretty Boy. Sired by No Secrets Here, Secretly Buff posted a quick time of :15.64 in his maiden win. He’ll be facing a group that includes five horses that finished either second or third in their debuts. The runner-ups are Ed Allred’s Well And Good, J. Francisco Diaz’s Feelin Fly and Gomez’s She Pays Dividends. Valiant Motions was third to Bad Fast, while Mayback finished third to Texcoco. Fearless Fire and first-time starter Rustik will complete this field.

The eighth and final trial also wraps up the nine-race card and could be the most wide open heat of the evening. Bobby Cox’s All Biznez was among the favorites to win her debut, but she had a very troubled start and never had a chance when finishing out of the money against Glitter In My Face. The filly moves from post number two to the far outside post number seven so she should enjoy plenty of running room.

Ernesto and Rafael Sanchez’s Corona Latte and Gianni Samaja’s Kamasutra SA finished fourth in their respective debuts and both figure to improve in their return bows. Cina and John Sperry and Jones’ Barefoot Bluejean also figures to enjoy an improved outing after finishing out of the money against Secretly Buff. Barefoot Bluejean posted a solid :12.20 drills on March 26 prior to her debut. The Little Delight, Cloudy Dasher, Jess Bring It will complete this field.