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58 to race in Kindergarten Futurity trials on Sunday Night


May 2, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

Fifty-eight 2-year-olds will be in action as part of a great night of trials to the $261,200 Kindergarten Futurity at 300 yards on Sunday night at Los Alamitos. The Kindergarten is the first of six major futurities to be held at the Orange County track in 2014 and the Kindergarten is certainly one of the most historic events on the Los Alamitos stakes schedule. The first running ever of the Kindergarten in 1955 and since then it has launched the careers of great stars like Pokey Bar, Jet Deck, Easy Date, Town Policy, Tolltac, First Down Dash, Corona Chick, Corona Cartel, Hawkish and more.

Sunday’s card will begin with a Thoroughbred event at 4½ furlongs, but from there it will be all trials for the rest of the evening. The program will feature a total of eight Kindergarten heats with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the Kindergarten final to be held on Sunday, May 18. Of the 58 horses that will compete on Sunday, 10 have already visited the winner’s circle at Los Alamitos and another 10 will be racing for the first time ever. The first trial will be headed by Ed Allred’s Mystery Man, who won the first race for 2-year-olds this season. Jose Flores will saddle the homebred gelding by TR Dasher. RTM Stables LLC and George Weldon’s Ynot Walk, who ran second in his debut and comes in boasting some tremendous workout times, figures to challenge for the top spot in this trial as well.

Celina Molina won the Kindergarten with the aforementioned Corona Cartel, who has since become one of the sport’s all-time great stallions. Molina will now look to qualify to the Kindergarten once again, this time with her homebred colt Viento Negro. The son of First Moonflash was sensational in his debut, as he scored a 1¼-length victory for trainer Juan Aleman and jockey Raul Valenzuela. Viento Negro will be in action in race number three on Sunday night. This race will also feature Lucas Racing, Inc’s Jacquie O, who will start from along the rail for Flores and jockey Cruz Mendez. Jacquie O’s sire and dam are both racing champions and former Kindergarten winners. Her sire is the great Corona Cartel, while her mother is Jumping Tac Flash, who won the Miss Kindergarten in 1993 and is the mother of 2007 Kindergarten winner Carters Cartel.

The next trial is a wide open event, but all eyes will be on Armando Arreola Jr’s Vitali, who sizzled in her last workout on April 10. The Ivory James filly worked 220 yards in a smoking hot :11.90, among the fastest by a 2-year-old so far this season and certainly the fastest of 33 drills posted that morning. Cody Joiner will saddle the Oklahoma-bred. This field will also feature the promising colt Wild Sixes Cartel from the barn of Paul Jones.

The fifth race (trial number 4) appears to be the toughest of the night, as it will feature a pair of impressive maiden winners in Dutch Masters III’s Forget It and Jose Arturo Flores’ Old Girl. Dutch Masters III have won the Kindergarten four times since 2000, while Forget It’s trainer, Jaime Gomez, has saddled seven winners. Forget It, who is a full brother to last year’s Kindergarten runner-up Forgive Him, comes in after posting the fastest winning time (:15.27) by a 2-year-old this season. Carlos Huerta will ride him from post one.

The Flores family will never forget the 2013 Kindergarten, as their filly Glitter In My Face won the finale. Trainer Jose Flores will now hope to make it two in a row with the Allred-bred Old Girl, but first she’ll have to perform nicely in this trial. In addition to Forget It and Old Girl, this trial will also feature Daniel Reynoso’s The Foocil and Flyng L Ranch’s Flying Porsche Girl.

Balgo Racing Team, Inc’s Pink Berreta has been one of the most impressive young runners of the season. The filly has been top notch in her morning works - she earned bullet drills both times -and was a confident 3/4 length winner in her April 13 debut. The daughter of Mr Eye Opener will be saddled by Lindolfo Diaz for the owners of the 2010 Kindergarten final.Ed Allred’s Flickering, a nose winner in her racing debut, will face off against Pink Berreta on Sunday.

Allred will be represented by Separatist gelding Discontent in race number seven (trial six). To be ridden by Rodrigo Aceves for trainer Scott Willoughby, Discontent was victorious by a head over Wild Sixes Cartel in his debut and will now face off against the Gomez-trained Oncebittennevershy for Lazy Creez Ranch and maiden runner-up Carters Dare. Oncebittennevershy won her racing debut by 3/4 lengths on April 18.

The next trial appears to be another wide-open event. Four of the eight runners in this heat have finished either second or third with the list including Jess A Valiant Chick, a sibling of A Ransom Handicap winner and multiple Grade 1 finalist Jess Being Valiant, and maiden runner-ups How And Why and Jess Be My Valentine.

The final heat of the night will be headed by Anna and Ro MacPherson’s Jazzy Kid, sired by the up-and-coming young stallion Kiddy Up, and Nerio Ruiz’s Tango In Cash, who was third in his racing debut. Gomez will saddle All About Dash from post number two in this event.