Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity Trials Set for Sunday

A total of 99 juveniles has been entered in 11 300-yard trials at Los Alamitos.

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Ninety-nine of the west's best 2-year-olds will race in Sunday's Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity trials at Los Alamitos.

A total of 99 2-year-olds has been entered in Sunday's 300-yard Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity trials at Los Alamitos.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the 11 heats will meet in the May 15, $428,400 final. This year's Kindergarten will offer the stakes' richest purse since 1987, when Runaway Winner earned the lion's share of a $436,127 purse.

First post time is set for 6:45 p.m. (PDT).

The Kindergarten trials will include 14 horses who have already made a visit to the winner’s circle. Two of the trials, numbers five and seven, will feature three maiden winners. Trainer Paul Jones, who appears to have a powerful group of juveniles in the trials, will send out Veronica Gail Worth’s Red And Ready in the fifth heat.

A daughter of Walk Thru Fire and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalist Coronas Rouge, Red And Ready made her debut on April 17 and won by two lengths. Rising star Roberto Hernandez will ride Red And Ready from the outside post nine while facing winners Imaloner, owned by Denny Boer, and Smell Perfume, racing for Dutch Masters III and Jaime Gomez.

Boer was part of the Dutch Masters III operation for many years and still remains great friends with Dr. James Streelman of Dutch Masters III. Imaloner, bred by Dr. Steve Burns, won his debut here by a neck for trainer Lin Melton. He’ll start from the inside of Red And Ready in this event. Imaloner is a half brother of Kindergarten finalist Love Her First and the stakes placed runner Ought To Be Higher.

Smell Perfume is a full sister to 2015 La Primera Del Ano Derby and PCQHRA Breeders Derby winner Bac In Front and a half-sister to 2006 Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Checknbac. Her mother, Running Bac, won the 2002 Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap.

The winners in the seventh race are Lisa Beauprez, Tom Bradbury, and John Hammes’ Thats A Good Reason, Paul Jones’ Fooseability, and Gerardo Prado and Karla Diaz’s Financial Top. Trained by Paul Jones, Thats A Good Reason won his debut by 1 ½ lengths and in :15.66 for 300 yards. His mother is the young broodmare Forever Bradgelina, who produced Black Gold 350 Futurity trial runner-up Your Forever Dashin. Trained by Jose Flores, Financial Top won his maiden by 1 ¼ lengths on April 15, while Fooseability won a half-length winner in her debut on April 16.

There are three trials which feature a pair of previous winners. The sixth heat includes the well regarded Better Google Me, who is also owned by Veronica Gail Worth. Sired by One Famous Eagle and out of Better Bet On Me, the Vessels Stallion Farm-bred filly had the bullet drill on March 5 and the fourth fastest of 72 drills on March 19. She debuted with a daylight win on April 2 and has done everything perfectly for Jones.

“This filly was really impressive in her debut,” Jones said. “She’s just a professional. She breaks from the gate really powerful and fast. She runs nice and straight and runs fast down the track.”

Anna MacPherson’s AJS Anna Smoke won on the same day as Better Google Me and their times were nearly identical. Better Google Me won in :15.78, while AJS Anna Smoke got the job done in :15.79. They meet up in trial number six.

EG High Desert Farms’ Lupita and Bennett Mountain Ranch’s Cartels won their debuts and now meet in trial number nine. EG High Desert Farms won the 2015 Kindergarten with eventual 2-year-old champion filly Walk Thru Crystal and now have the impressive half-length maiden winner Lupita in this event. Lupita is a full sister to 2010 Kindergarten Futurity finalist Jess Another Czech. Cartels, by Favorite Cartel and out of the Teller Cartel mare Wichita Cartel, recovered from a bump at the start to win his maiden by a head. He’s also from the barn of Paul Jones.

Jose Flores will saddle KT Summer Time Class in search of her second straight win when she runs in trial number 10. The Utah-bred Foose filly races for owner Alejandro Rodriguez. She’ll be facing the impressive filly Scholarly, who won her debut by a half-length after cruising with a daylight advantage for most of the race. She’ll be ridden by Eddie Garcia, this track’s all-time leader in Quarter Horse wins and stakes wins.

“She’s ready for the trials and she’s 100%, “said Roberto Dominguez, who trains Scholarly for owner Kolleen Ledgerwood. “I’m expecting a big performance from her.”

Paul Jones and Abigail Kawananakoa’s Evil Genius and Balgo Racing Team, Inc’s Janes Cartel are among the other top contenders on trial night. Evil Genius won his maiden race in :15.64, which is the fastest time recorded from among all the horses entered to run in the Kindergarten trials. He’s out of the mare You Call It Madness, which is a half-sister of 2010 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner One Quick First Down. Evil Genius is racing in trial number eight.

Trained by Guillermo Morales, Janes Cartel won her debut by a length on April 15 in a time of :15.74. Sired by Corona Cartel, Janes Cartel is out Unusual Jane, a Thoroughbred mare sired by top California stallion Unusual Heat. Unusual Jane won four races and over $136,000 in her racing career.

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