Fire And Sass Wins Grade 3, $303,600 Kindergarten Futurity

The gelding earns his first stakes win Sunday at Los Alamitos.

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Eduardo Nicasio rode Fire And Sass to a half-length win in Sunday's Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

JGA Racing Stables' Fire And Sass, a bay son of Walk Thru Fire trained by Juan Aleman and the fourth-fastest qualifier, sprinted to a half-length victory in Sunday's $303,600 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Under jockey Eduardo Nicasio, Fire And Sass completed his 300-yard trip in :15.466. The Utah-bred gelding banked $127,512 while earning his second win in as many outs and first stakes score.

Dont Foose With Me finished second, a nose in front of third-place Summertime Favorite, the fastest qualifier

"We knew this horse will be better going longer," Aleman said. "He was able to catch (Summertime Favorite), but this horse is better going down the track."

Fire And Sass was bred by Speed LLC and was a $40,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The gelding is out of Jess Sass Me, a stakes-winning and multiple Grade 1-placed daughter of Mr Jess Perry and 2001 Kindergarten Futurity (G1) winner Sassy Smith. Fire And Sass is a full brother to champion Jess Walking Thru and a half brother to 2016 champion aged mare Sass Me Blue.

Long one of the leading Quarter Horse trainers at Los Alamitos, Aleman is part owner of Fire And Sass.

"JGA Racing Stables is a corporation, and we decided this year to invest in some horses to see how our luck would come out,” he said.

Aleman added that JGA Racing Stables purchased four horses, and Fire And Sass is its first big winner.

“He's paid into the Ed Burke Million Futurity and the All American, and then we'll be back here for the Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two-Million futurities," he said. "We didn’t get an out in him before the Kindergarten trials, so that was his first start. Hopefully if we are lucky enough to qualify to the Ed Burke Million then he’ll have four outs before going up to the mountain.

"I try to limit my horses to six to seven outs," Aleman added. "Depending on how good he is and if he holds up and is sound, we’ll pick and choose our races. If he pulls up fine, we’ll come back for the trials to the Ed Burke Million.”

Shangrilalala finished fourth and was followed by Seems Even Better, Mucho Bravado, Missmerizing, Atypical, Kindigit, and Perfect Az Can Be.

The 17-10 favorite and second-fastest qualifier, Perfect Az Can Be threw her head at the start and was impeded a few steps out of the gate.

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