Summertime Favorite Tops Kindergarten Qualifiers

The Favorite Cartel filly won the first of seven trials at Los Alamitos on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Summertime Favorite (number 6) won the first of seven 300-yard Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity trials at Los Alamitos on Sunday. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Summertime Favorite is the fastest qualifier to the May 14, $303,600 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Campaigned by Thompson Racing Inc. and trainer Paul Jones, Summertime Favorite won the first of seven trials on Sunday, as the homebred daughter of Favorite Cartel covered 300 yards in :15.561 and earned an 89 speed index under jockey Ramon Sanchez. The filly's margin of victory was a neck from third-fastest qualifier Shangrilalala.

Summertime Favorite flashed her talent in her first start, as she made her debut with a clear 2 1/2-length victory in a 300-yard maiden-special-weight dash on April 9.   

“We took her to the gate early and kind of backed her out a couple of times just to get the edge off of her,” said Jones, referring to his preparatory work to get Summertime Favorite ready for this race. “It may have worked against us because it looked like she started to get a little hotter. She still got out of the gate okay. She got bumped a little bit and she was able to overcome it.

"(Shangrilalala) looked like a pretty nice horse, pretty highly regarded horse, and with pretty good works," he added. "We were able to run by her. (Summertime Favorite) made a few mistakes, but she still got the victory and in a pretty decent time. She overcame a little bit of trouble. It wasn’t such an easy race like last time.  She was able to run in between horses. We are real proud of her.” 

Summertime Favorite is out of Summertime Quickie, a stakes-winning daughter of Royal Quick Dash who ran second in the 2001 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2). The filly is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Flay and a half-sister to champion Foose.

Second-fastest qualifier Perfect Az Can Be, a Texas Icon filly trained by Kristen Watanabe for owner Omar Placencia, kept her perfect record intact with a 1 1/2-length victory in the fifth heat. Ridden by Eddie Garcia, Perfect Az Can Be covered the 300-yard distance in :15.593 and posted an 88 speed index while earning her second win in as many outs.

“She’s perfect so far, as her name says,” said Watanabe. “She doesn’t do anything wrong. She’s a nice filly to be around. She’s very personable and loves people. It makes my job a lot easier.

"Her biggest thing is that she had been sick with a little cold," the trainer added. "That’s all cleared up, and we just hope she stays healthy and keeps on running well. Her and Eddie make a great team.”

Perfect Az Can Be was bred in Arizona by Las Vegas Ranch, and she is one of six winners from as many starters produced by the winning and graded stakes placed Feature Mr Jess mare Jess Perfect Girl.

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