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Miss Kittys Bar Bet Fastest Qualifier to Kindergarten Futurity

May 6, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

Thirteen trials to the $366,100 Kindergarten Futurity – the richest since 2003 – were contested on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The trend of the night were young sires, as freshman stallions Corona Caliente, Sum Fun To Bet and Royal Miracle Dip joined second-year sire TR Dasher with qualifiers to this year’s Kindergarten.

Sum Fun To Bet sired fastest qualifier Miss Kittys Bar Bet, who was far and away the fastest qualifier after covering the distance in :15.325. Her winning time was 12/100ths of a second faster than second fastest qualifiers Carters Cartel and Daddy Dasher.

One-hundred four horses competed in the 300-yard trials; the 10 fastest will return for the final on May 19.

The Finalists:

  1. Miss Kittys Bar Bet, F (CA) Sum Fun To Bet out of Fames Easy by Dash Ta Fame :15.325

  2. Carters Cartel, C (CA) Corona Cartel out of Jumping Tac Flash by Tolltac :15.445

  3. Daddy Dasher, G (CA) TR Dasher out of Moms by Jazzing Hi :15.445

  4. Cash This Okie, G (WA) Okey Dokey Dale out of West Coast Cash by Takin On The Cash :15.46

  5. Freaky, G (CA) TR Dasher out of Chickasecret by Raise A Secret :15.485

  6. Runs Hot, F (AR) Corona Caliente out of Wildest Woman by Runaway Winner :15.53

  7. Snow Quick, F (TX) This Snow Is Royal out of Shez Real Quick by Royal Quick Dash :15.554

  8. Perksandmiracles, F (WA) Royal Miracle Dip out of This Perks Is Royal by Eyes Of Power :15.595

  9. Fighter On Fire, C (MEX) First Down Dash out of Chenille by Merridoc :15.595

  10. Go By Express, C (CA) Firs Down Express out of Go Magically by Magical Mile :15.615

First race, winner and qualifier Carters Cartel

Owned and bred by Double Bar S Ranch's Carters Cartel won the opening trial to the $366,100 Kindergarten Futurity in a time of :15.44.

Carters Cartel was making amends after running third to Cash This Okie in the first 2-year-old race of the season back on April 12. And he made up in style, easily winning by 1¾ lengths.

"I've liked this horse from day one," said trainer Jaime Gomez, who has won four runnings of the Kindergarten this century. "He broke sharply but he went in halfway through the race, but he always does that. That's how he runs. He's always floated to the inside. That's just the way he operates."

Carters Cartel is a half brother to Governor's Cup and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Tac It Like A Man. Sired by Corona Cartel, Carters Cartel is out of 1993 champion 2-year-old filly Jumping Tac Flash. First Down Dash sired Tac It Like A Man. Alejandro Luna, in his first year as the first call rider for Gomez, piloted Carters Cartel. Luna rode the Gomez-trained Vachetta to victory in last year's Kindergarten.

Second race, winner and qualifier Shez Snow Quick, plus qualifier Go By Express.

Marcus Smith's Shez Snow Quick ran greenly but still defeated impressive maiden winner Go By Express by a half-length in the second trial.

Shez Snow Quick and Go By Express both qualified to the Kindergarten final, making Go By Express the only horse to advance to the final despite failing to win his trial.

Sired by This Snow Is Royal, Shez Snow Quick stole the show in this race at 5-to-1 odds.

"She shied away from me at the end because she’s still green," jockey Sam Thompson said. "I was just happy to see her hang on for the win at the end."

Trainer Donna McArthur has trained some nice horses for Smith over the years. In addition to Shez Snow Quick, she also saddled Mr Pie Chick to victory in the 2003 Golden State Derby. McArthur believes that Shez Snow Quick, as well as My Jess Perry, who ran in the 12th trial, are among the best horses she has trained for the real estate developer from Dallas since Mr Pie Chick.

"My husband James and I trained the mothers of those two fillies," McArthur said. "Shez Snow Quick and My Jess Perry are the first foals out of those mares. James has a couple of other 2-year-olds for Mr. Smith training in El Paso right now. They'll come to Los Alamitos later this year.

Third race, winner Copa King

Francisco Gonsalez's Copa King became the meet's first 2-year-old to win two races after edging first-time starter My Lady First in the third trial to the Kindergarten Futurity. Copa King stumbled at the start but his winning time of :15.64 was still a few ticks faster than his :15.68 clocking that he posted when he broke his maiden on April 19. Unfortunately for Copa King’s connections, his winning not fast enough to make the final field of 10.

Trained by Jaime Gomez, who was picking up his second Kindergarten trial win of the night, Copa King is by Make It Anywhere out of Special Copauino.

"We bought Special Copauino at the Vessels/Schvaneveldt Sale and she won her first time out," Gomez recalled. "She suffered an injury shortly after that and Francisco decided to breed her instead of campaigning her."

The Strawfly Special mare produced Special Anywhere, a multiple winner of over $25,000. Copa King's granddam is Copauino, who is the dam of Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity and Grade 2 La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Worth A Look. The latter was the $360,000 sale topper at the 2006 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale. Copauino is also the dam of stakes winner Totally Haggard.

My Lady First, who came into the trials as one of the favorites to qualify after posting an impressive :12.10 workout on April 24, faced an uphill to qualify after she became fractious in the gate. She still posted a solid effort for trainer Adan Farias and owner Joaquin Vega.

"The lack of experience did not help us," said Farias. "Starting from post 10 also hurt us because she broke out and went to the number 12 hole. If she had had a race before this race she would have done better."

Hawkins Love was scratched after flipping in the paddock prior to the going on the racetrack.

Fourth race, winner and qualifier Freaky

Second-year sire TR Dasher had his second 2-year-old winner of the season after the gelding Freaky posted a superb victory in the fourth trial to the Kindergarten Futurity. Trained by Scott Willoughby for owner/breeder Ed Allred, Freaky covered the distance in :15.48. His time for the final 220 yards of :09.69 was the fastest of the first four trials and the third fastest from the 13 trials.

TR Dasher, a finalist to the Grade 1 Ed Burke Futurity in 2000, is currently standing at Allred's Rolling A Ranch in Atascadero, California.

He previously stood at Mike Abraham's farm in New Mexico prior to being purchased by Allred. "TR Dasher has developed into a pleasant surprise," Allred said.

Freaky is out of the mare Chickasecret, who was a winner at the age of 2. Freaky's granddam is Chickasis, who ran third in the 1995 California Sires' Cup Futurity. In addition to Chickasecret, Chickasis produced Lassen County, the runner-up in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby and El Primero Del Ano Derby; Ed Burke Memorial Futurity Secretly Seymour; and Chickafirst, who ran in the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby. Chickasis' other foal is the winner Control Freak.

Allred also revealed his the inspiration for Freaky's name. "I named this one after my good friend (PCQHRA President) Bud Alessio," said Allred jokingly. Alessio, who joined Freaky’s connections in the winner's circle, laughed at Allred’s friendly ribbing.

Fifth race, winner Wicked Royal Cartel

Wicked Royal Cartel was a "freebie" said owner Abigail Kawananakoa. "She was born at [2005 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale]," Kawananakoa explained. "Her mother (Wicked Winner) foaled her at the sale and I was going to buy Wicked Winner no matter what.”

Kawananakoa purchased mother and newborn daughter for the sale's second highest price of $170,000. Wicked Winner, who won the 1998 Ruidoso Derby for Jane McGuire and Mike Abraham, is also the dam of Jess Wicked, a winner who earned over $20,000 and participated in two Grade 2 races.

Wicked Royal Cartel, meanwhile, improved her record to two wins in as many starts after defeating Perregaux by a half-length in the fifth division to the Kindergarten Futurity. Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Paul Jones, she covered the distance in :15.63.

It was a good night for Kawanakoa, as her freshman stallion Royal Miracle Dip sired trial eight winner Perksandmiracles, who went on to post the 8th fastest qualifying time to the Kindergarten final.

"I'm very excited about that," Kawananakoa said. "Royal Miracle Dip is my baby and this is his first crop. To have an opportunity to see one of his babies qualify to a top race like the Kindergarten Futurity is very exciting.

“Tonight’s like a brand new feeling for me because it’s been a long time since I’ve had a night like this," she added. “I feel fortunate to feel this way again.”

When asked if a cross between Royal Miracle Dip and Wicked Royal Cartel could be in the cards, Kawananakoa had this to say: "I'm trying to get out of my box. When you've been breeding horses for a long time you tend to do things that feel comfortable. I'm trying to break out of that."

Sixth race, winner Clickety Clique

He ducked, jumped a shadow and ran greenly throughout, yet Vinewood Farms’ Clickety Clique still managed to win the sixth trial of the night. What the Royal Quick Dash gelding was not able to accomplish was post a time fast enough to qualify to the Kindergarten Futurity final. Ridden by Carlos Bautista, Clickety Clique won by a length while covering the distance in :15.80

Vinewood Farms knew right away that Clickety Clique would not make the final, yet the owners remained upbeat about the future of their talented gelding.

"He needed an out," said George Lucas of Vinewood Farms. "Maybe if there had been a horse besides him he would have run better. There's was simply too much that he hadn't seen before. Now we have 28 days until the Ed Burke trials.

"This is a perfect prep for the Ed Burke trials . . . that's essentially what this amounts to now," Lucas added.

"We knew that we were taking a risk running him without giving him an out," trainer Juan Aleman said. "He had never seen the whip before until now because he never had to see in his works."

"He'll be alright," Aleman concluded.

Clickety Clique’s works were considered among the best posted so far this season, as he recorded a :12.3 clocking on March 20 before posting an eye opening :12 drill on April 12. His dam is Corona Clique, who posted the fastest qualifying time to the 2003 Kindergarten Futurity before running fourth against champion Hawkish in the final.

Seventh race, winner and fastest qualifier Miss Kittys Bar Bet

How good is the broodmare Fames Easy? All she ever does is produce Grade 1 type horses, such as this year’s top qualifier to the Kindergarten Futurity – the impressive winner Miss Kittys Bar Bet.

Owned by Dr. Steve Burns and trained by Hector Jaime Hernandez, Miss Kittys Bar Bet won her trial by two lengths while posting the fastest qualifying time of :15.32. Her final 220-yard clocking of :09.59 was also the fastest of the night – 6/100ths of a second faster than Daddy Dasher.

“Every horse Fames Easy throws ends up being a Grade 1 finalist,” said Hernandez, who trained Ynot Bar.

Dr. Burns acquired Fames Easy and Miss Kittys Bar Bet earlier this year from Loretta Loebs following the death of her father, longtime racing enthusiast Frank Pregelli. Burns also acquired Ynot Bar and a colt out of Ynot Bar as part of this transaction.

Claimed for $4,000 by Pregelli, Fames Easy went on to produce Dont Dink With Me, Ynot Bar and The One I Am. Dont Dink With Me was the runner-up in the 2001 Kindergarten Futurity while Ynot Bar ran second in the 2005 Governor’s Cup Futurity and qualified to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. The One I Am made the field to last year’s Ed Burke Million Futurity and ran fourth in the Governor’s Cup Futurity.

Miss Kittys Bar Bet’ sire is the freshman stallion Sum Fun To Be, who stands at Market Demand Farms, Inc. in Chamberino, New Mexico. The son of Strawfly Special earned Register of Merit in 2001 and in his career earned $26,512 while winning two races. Market Demand Farms houses Quarter Horse stallions Chicks Regard, First Thoughts and Impecably Bred and the Thoroughbred Scatmandu.

As the favorite in her maiden race, Miss Kittys Bar Bet ran fourth against a field that included Kindergarten finalist Freaky. The race, however, was exactly what she needed according to her trainer.

“She learned a lot in that race,” he said. “That experience is what helped her produce this win. We lost that race but this is the reward to having run there. Hopefully she’ll be pumped for the final now.”

Eighth race, winner and qualifier Perksandmiracles

Owner Jaime Godinez can thank TVG’s “The Quarters” for his newfound love in Quarter Horse racing.

“Thoroughbreds were my passion but then I started watching “The Quarters” and that got me hooked on the breed. I believe that you get more bang for your buck with the Quarter Horses.”

Godinez, who works in Southern California’s garment industry, first became involved in the sport with claimers. He now owns six babies—three of which have already won this year.

“Perksandmiracles ran better than I expected,” he said. “She got disqualified from third and placed ninth in her maiden race. She showed a lot of speed at the end of this race. To be in the Kindergarten is like a dream come true.”

Godinez purchased Perksandmiracles for $10,000 at last year’s Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The daughter of freshman stallion Royal Miracle Dip and the stakes placed mare This Perks Is Royal, Perksandmiracles covered the distance in :15.59.

Royal Miracle Dip won the Holiday Handicap and qualified to the Los Alamitos Million Futurity and Golden State Futurity. He is a half brother to champion Florentine. This Perks Is Royal won three races and made over $25,000 in her career. She has produced Classic Royal Perks, the winner of the Dutch Mastes III Futurity, and Royal Classic Power, the winner of the Great Falls HRA Futurity.

Ninth race, winner and qualifier Cash This Okie

Much was made of the 19 mph tail wind that aided Cash This Okie’s maiden victory back on April 12. Was his impressive winning time of :15.40 on that night purely the result of the strong wind? Robert Hickman’s Cash This Okie quieted his doubters by delivering a superb victory on the way to posting the fourth fastest qualifying time of :15.46.

“Earlier tonight there was a little tail wind,” said trainer Jimmy Glenn Jr. “I looked at the flag before Cash This Okie’s race and there was zero wind. (Jockey Jeff Williams) said he slipped for a couple of jumps but once he got his feet under him, away he went. He’s a real sound horse and that’s the most important thing.”

Glenn Jr. will now get his first taste of a Grade 1 futurity at Los Alamitos courtesy of Cash This Okie.

“I had a horse in last year’s Los Alamitos Super Derby,” Glenn Jr. said. “I’m looking forward to my first futurity at Los Alamitos.”

A fixture in the Northwest Quarter Horse circuit, Glenn Jr. is now racing horses at Los Alamitos on a year-round basis.

“I would come down here on and off but I would just be a claiming trainer,” he explained. “I would bring horses, they would get claimed and I would go home. Over the last couple of years I’ve been able to convince my owners that Los Alamitos is where we need to be. I sold the idea to my owners and they decided to give it a go. People like Butte Crest Ranch, Robert Hickman and the Nelsons have given me great racing stock and they’ve made it possible for me to come to Los Alamitos with an opportunity to do some good.”

While the Kindergarten will represent his first futurity foray at Los Alamitos, Glenn Jr. is no stranger to competing in big race.

“I’ve had horses in a lot of big futurities and derbies in the Northwest,” Glenn Jr. “That’s all we did over there. I believe that training the claimers here made me a better all-around trainer.”

This season, Glenn Jr. has won 16 races for an impressive winning ratio of 20%.

Tenth race, winner Tres Down The Cash

Cody Alldridge, a real estate developer from Dallas, Texas, enjoyed a great start to his career as a Quarter Horse owner after his filly Tres Down The Cash won her trial to the Kindergarten Futurity at odds of 15-to-1. While she failed to qualify, Tres Down The Cash had the distinction of being the only horse to come from far back to win a trial. She rallied from fourth to win by a nose in a time of :15.87.

“This is my first race ever,” Alldridge said. “I have three other horses but this is my number one right now. I bought her at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale last year and I think she’s a special one.”

Alldridge purchased Tres Down The Cash, a daughter of Tres Seis and the first foal out of First Down Dash filly First Down Chicky, for $18,000 at the Equine Sale.

“I was in the midst of working out the details to buy another horse when I saw her getting ready to go into the sale ring,” Alldridge said. “It was love at first sight. Right away I knew that she was the horse for me.”

Alldridge has picked up the racing bug in a big time way over the past year.

“It all began when I was looking for a barrel horse for my daughter Jaisi,” he said. “That’s how I met Terry Teeples, who has a place in Utah where he stands Proudest Effort. I was also living in Utah at the time so I got to know Terry. He is such enthusiastic horseracing fan that he really got me going. When I came to the Equine Sale I brought Terry along.”

Alldridge now describes himself as a Quarter Horse racing junky.

“I’m living and breathing it now,” he said. “The bug bit me. I’ve been to the races a lot since then and TVG is now my favorite channel and “The Quarters” is my favorite show. I bought my first racehorse, a weanling, last May or June from a breeder in Preston, Idaho. Then I bought a filly at the Utah Quarter Horse Sale but I’ve since sold her to Terry. I also have a 2-year-old currently in training at Remington Park. I have five kids and they all love it. And my daughter Jaisi, she really loves it.”

Eleventh race, winner and qualifier Daddy Dasher

Ed Allred’s Daddy Dasher posted one of the most impressive wins of the night when equaling the second fastest qualifying time of :15.445 to the Kindergarten Futurity. Trained by Scott Willoughby, Daddy Dasher improved his record to a perfect two for two.

The TR Dasher gelding, who previously broke his maiden with a time of :15.48, took the lead shortly after the start on the way to a 1¾-length victory.

Allred consigned 10 TR Dasher babies at last year’s Equine Sale. He ended selling four of the 10, including a filly out of the mare Groupy for $4,700.

“They weren’t going for a lot of money so we bought back a couple of them,” Allred said. “They’ll go for more this year.”

Daddy Dasher was not one of the 10 consigned to the sale. “He was a good looking (horse) so we decided to keep him,” Allred said. “We did sell his mother carrying his full brother for next to nothing.” Moms, a mare sired by Jazzing Hi, sold for $1,500 despite a broodmare career in which she produced many hard-knocking horses. Her sons and daughters included Mummy, a winner of more than $30,000 and the runner-up in the Lassie and Huntington Beach handicaps, and Genester, a winner of four races and more than $20,000.

“Moms is a half-sister to Perfect Mom, who ran second in the California Sires’ Cup Futurity,” Allred added. “(Moms) was 14 years old when we sold her.”

Two horses will now represent Allred in the Kindergarten Futurity. In addition to Daddy Dasher, the owner will have Freaky on his side.

Scott Willoughby will saddle the two TR Dasher babies.

“Scott is a good man,” Allred said. “He’s well organized in everything that he does. He has great integrity and we think the world of him.

He had some very good horses for Christian and Ru Anna Singletary and I’m glad that he’s able to reshow his talent as a trainer.”

Daddy Dasher’s biggest obstacle heading into the Kindergarten final will now be to stay as healthy as possible.

“He was off his feet for a while,” Allred admitted. “He felt better in the last couple of days.”

Twelfth race, winner and qualifier Fighter On Fire

Sum Fun To Bet, TR Dasher, Corona Caliente and Royal Miracle Dip are a couple of the new stallions that will be represented in the

Kindergarten Futurity final. When it comes to Fighter On Fire, his sire is one of the greatest of all-time and his name is First Down Dash, the sport’s all-time leader in money earned.

Bred by Shultz Ranch, Fighter On Fire was red hot on Kindergarten night, winning the 12th heat by a half-length in a time of :15.595.

Trained by Adan Farias for owner Joaquin Vega, Fighter On Fire tied for the eighth fastest qualifying time to the Kindergarten Futurity.

The Mexican-bred colt is out of the outstanding mare Chenille, who is the dam of more than a dozen foals of racing age. Her best is Firstdown Touchdown, who won 10 races and earned $188,764. Firstdown Touchdown won the El Primero Del Ano Derby down the straightaway and the Bull Rastus Handicap around the turn. Chenille is also the dam of La Primera Del Ano Derby runner-up Our Honey Bunny and Begum Beduino,

who was a finalist to the Miss Kindergarten Futurity. Chenille is also the dam of four other stakes finalist – not counting Fighter On Fire.

Rodrigo Aceves piloted Fighter On Fire, who won his trial by a half-length over My Jess Perry and Your Valentino. Fighter On Fire is the only horse in this year’s field to qualify to the Kindergarten without making a previous start.

Thirteenth race, winner and qualifier Runs Hot

Ken O’Brien’s Runs Hot kept her cool when a couple of horses acted up during the 13th and final trial to the Kindergarten Futurity. Her professionalism paid off, as she broke cleanly on the way to an easy 1¼-length victory and more importantly, a spot in the Kindergarten final to be held on May 19.

“The credit goes to Paul Jones,” said O’Brien, who purchased Runs Hot at the 2006 Ruidoso Yearling Sale. “In her first race, she flipped in the gate. Paul did a great job working with her to improve her manners. She stood in there like a pro tonight.”

Runs Hot, who ran second to Daddy Dasher in that outing, covered the distance in :15.53 to make her the sixth fastest Kindergarten qualifier.

Sired by first time stallion Corona Caliente and being the first foal out of the mare Wildest Woman, the purchase of Runs Hot was a bigger risk than usual. O’Brien didn’t see that way.

“When I first saw Runs Hot she had the look that I wanted,” O’Brien said. “She looked very athletic and that’s what I was looking for. I told a couple of friends at the sale that I was going to buy that filly. Right when I said (Runs Hot) turned around and looked right at me. My friends laughed and said, ‘hey, you better buy her now.’ ”

O’Brien got his filly and now she’ll be running in the famous Kindergarten.

“I can’t afford to spend a ton of money on a baby, so I went with a young sire with great bloodlines,” O’Brien added.

Corona Caliente earned over $118,278 in his career, while running in the Los Alamitos Million Futurity and Golden State Futurity. He is a full brother to millionaire Corona Cash and stakes winners Corona Czech and Valiant Hero as well as Grade 1 finalists Coco Corona. He is a half brother to top sire Corona Cartel.