Wicked Affair Wins Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity

The homebred One Sweet Jess filly gets her first stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Wicked Affair notched her first career stakes victory on Sunday. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Legacy Ranch Inc.’s Wicked Affair unleashed a strong late run to win Sunday's 300-yard, $321,800 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala and sent to post as the 7-2 second choice, Wicked Affair defeated Striver by three-quarters of a length in :15.360. Terry Knight prepped the homebred bay daughter of One Sweet Jess, and the victory was a sentimental one for the veteran conditioner.

“It’s a sentimental race because Bobby Adair is the one that gave me my start,” Knight said. “He gave me my first two horses to train. He believed enough of me when I was 19-years-old that he gave me two horses to train for people he knew. Lo and behold, I won my first race for him. I ran two that night and they both won. I’m sure Bobby Adair had something to do with this (winning the 2018 Kindergarten).”

Wicked Affair’s impressive effort came as no surprise to her connections, as Knight had always considered her a special talent.

“When we started breaking her, I just loved everything about her,” said Knight, the son of top Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred trainer, Chay Knight. “We started training her a little more and she just got better and better. She just showed us a lot right from the start.

"She’s very smart and very athletic with a huge stride, just everything you look for," he added. "We had a little trouble when we qualified her. I didn’t have anyone to work with company the second time. She worked (well), but didn’t really get out of it what we really needed.”

Wicked Affair won her debut on April 14, a 300-yard maiden-special weight dash, by a head from Striver.

“(Ayala) said that on the night that she won that she was still pretty green,” Knight said. “She really didn’t know what to do. She saw the horse in front of her and ran her down, but she needed more experience.”

Wicked Affair's dam, Burr Cold, is a winning homebred 13-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel. The filly's second dam, the Strawfly Special mare Tender Flyer, won the 1999 AQHA Oklahoma Derby Challenge (G3) at Blue Ribbon Downs.

“We have Burr Cold at the ranch and she’s a nice mare,” said Pete Parrella of Legacy Ranch. “She’s a hard-knocking mare. You never know in this business where it’s going to come from. The racing gods blessed us tonight.

"It’s been a long time since we’ve been in the (Kindergarten) books," he added. "Daily Triple won this race for us (in 1993) with Brian Koriner as the trainer. It’s been a long time. We’re tickled to be here. Hopefully the filly comes back nicely for the Ed Burke Million Futurity trials and we’ll try it again.”

Wicked Affair has won two of her three starts and has earned $140,341.

Ms Ko finished third and was followed officially by SC Coronada, fastest qualifier and 11-10 favorite SC Money Maker, Tac Me Up, Cole Man 47, Pack Light, Fast Amanda Rose, and Delayed Steal.

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