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Eleven trials for $325,000 Kindergarten Futurity Saturday

May 3, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - The top young guns will be in action when 88 juveniles compete in 11 trials of the meet's first major futurity of the year - the $325,900 Kindergarten Futurity on Saturday, May 6, at Los Alamitos. The horses with the 10 fastest times in the 300-yard trials will return here for the Grade 2 final on Saturday, May 20.

As usual, Jaime Gomez will have big numbers on his side in the Kindergarten, as the trainer will saddle 14 contenders. Gomez has saddled three of the last six Kindergarten winners with his previous victories coming with the Dutch Masters III-owned trio of Secret Card in 2000, Sassy Smith in '01 and Gold Nugget Rd in '05.

Dutch Masters III has a powerful contingent once again. Checknbac, which is out of the Grade 1 winning mare Running Bac, Check This Beduino, which posted a solid half-length victory on April 13, and Holland Opener will represent the AQHA Champion Breeders. Dutch Masters III, along with Mike Abraham, is a co-breeder of the pretty filly Jess Sass Me. She is a Mr Jess Perry filly out of the aforementioned Sassy Smith.

"I'm fortunate to have some outstanding babies," Gomez said. "Each of them has their own qualities but what most of them have in common is that they're all nicely bred and have the ability to come out quick out of the gate."

Gomez will also send out Abraham, Amestoy and Eastburg's Pritzis Honor, Imperial Crown's Jess Sass Me, Double Bar S Ranch LLC's Corona Couture, and Beltran Ranch LLC's Vachetta. All four of these horses won their local racing debuts.

Jess Sass Me will be in action in the tough seventh trial, as she'll be facing Iliana and Ismael Marquez's Poly Gyve One Corona, who was an easy 2 1/2-length winner on April 21. Vachetta is the only other horse in the trials to have posted a similar winning margin. Elena Andrade trains Poly Gyve One Corona.

Kolleen Ledgerwood's Coyote Code also recorded an easy win in his debut when he defeated his rivals by 2 1/4 lengths on April 8. His victory came against the likes of Bad Ole Boyfriend and Satin Copper; two rivals that will also race on Saturday night.

The ninth race is the toughest trial of the night as it features four maiden winners in the form of Corona Couture, A Storm By Corona, Racked and Underneath It All. Each of the eight of the horses in this trial finished third or better in their respective debuts. No other trial can boast this level of consistency from its participants.

Denny Ekins will send out 12 Kindergarten trial runners, led by Muller Racing LLC's Stoli On Silk, while AQHA Champion trainer Paul Jones sends out 10, headed by Strawberry Cartel.