Field Set for Grade 2, $321,800 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity

SC Money Maker tops the qualifiers to the May 20 final at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Reliance Ranches' SC Money Maker, a graded stakes placed daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon and champion Spit Curl Diva, won the seventh of eight Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity trials on Sunday. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Making his first start in California, Reliance Ranches’ SC Money Maker on Sunday posted the fastest qualifying time to the May 20, $321,800 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos.

SC Money Maker won the seventh of eight 300-yard trials by 1 3/4 lengths from seventh-fastest qualifier Wicked Affair. Ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Mike Robbins, the gelded son of PYC Paint Your Wagon stopped the timer in :15.314 while scoring his second win in three outs.

SC Money Maker was coming off of a third-place finish, a neck behind winner Long Wagon Ho, in the 300-yard, $371,200 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) at Remington Park on March 24. He is out of two-time champion aged mare Spit Curl Diva.

“We got him here a couple of weeks after we ran him in the final of the Oklahoma Futurity at Remington Park,” Robbins said. “He ran third and got beat a neck, but I thought he could have won the race, should have won the race.

"He didn’t get away like he did tonight," the trainer added. "He’s a nice horse. He trains perfect. He doesn’t do anything wrong. He’s very professional."

Reliance Ranches and Robbins combined to qualify a total of three Kindergarten finalists, including fourth-fastest qualifier Pack Light and ninth-fastest qualifier SC Coronada.

Juan Carlos Chavez's Striver, the second-fastest qualifier, broke her maiden with a three-quarter length victory in the third heat. Cesar Franco rode the daughter of champion Foose for trainer Scott Willoughby.

Chavez, who is Willoughby’s assistant trainer, purchased Striver for $17,000 at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

“I liked her from the moment I saw her at the sale,” Chavez said. “I got lucky. She’s my first buy. Everything has gone well with her. She trains perfectly and I’m thankful to Scott Willoughby because he’s helped me and has given me a chance to have her in his barn.

"We saw her a couple of days before the sale," he added. "I looked at four horses and she’s the one I liked best. I never thought I would end up with her because I thought she would be too expensive. In the end, we were able to buy her with the money that I had.”

Chavez started as a groom 19 years ago at San Luis Rey Downs before moving to Los Alamitos to work for trainer Danny Cardoza. After Cardoza retired from training, he helped Chavez find work in Willoughby’s barn. He’s been there for the past 17 years.

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