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Summertime Favorite has fastest time in trials to Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity at Los Alamitos

May 1, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

Summertime favorite sets the fastest qualifying time—300 yards in :15.561—from seven trials to the Robert Adair Kindegarten Futurity
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Summertime has arrived in a big way at Los Alamitos Race Course, as the talented filly Summertime Favorite delivered a solid wire-to-wire victory while posting the fastest qualifying time to the $303,600 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity on Sunday.

While first official day of summer is still nearly eight weeks away—the first day is on June 21—Summertime Favorite has wasted no time in making her presence known at the Orange County oval. From posting bullet works in both of her morning gate drills, to winning her career debut by an impressive 2½ lengths, and now posting a neck victory in her Kindergarten trial on Sunday, there’s no doubt that Summertime Favorite is one of the hottest 2-year-olds on the grounds. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, the Favorite Cartel filly covered the 300 yards in the fastest time of :15.556 while improving to victories in both of her career starts.

Owned by Jones and Thompson Racing, Inc., Summertime Favorite now figures to be one of the favorites to win the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity to be held here on Sunday, May 14. Summertime Favorite cruised to an easy maiden win on April 9, but she had to work harder to defeat the first-time starter Shangrilalala.

“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. The five horse (Shangrilalala) looked like a pretty nice horse, pretty highly regarded horse, and with pretty good works. 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. She did well. We are real proud of her.”

Summertime Favorite drifted in during the race, but she still a half-length led over John Firth’s Mucho Bravado heading into the final 100 yards of the race. Shangrilalala made a nice run in the final 100 yards to finish in second place. The opening trial was the most productive of the night in terms of qualifiers. In addition to fastest qualifier Summertime Favorite, JGA Racing Stables, Inc’s Shangrilalala qualified with the third fastest time of :15.597 while Jose Antonio Flores and Joe Arturo Flores’ Kindigit and Mucho Bravado also advanced to the final from this heat.

Summertime Favorite is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Flay and a half-sister to champion and millionaire Foose, the winner of the Ed Burke Million Futurity here at Los Alamitos. Jones and Thompson Racing were part of the group that campaigned her sire, the outstanding stallion and Grade 1 winner Favorite Cartel. Jones and Thompson Racing now own Favorite Cartel in partnership with Burns Ranch, which is where the stallion stands.

Summertime Favorite was not the only hot filly to deliver on trial night. Omar Placencia’s Perfect Az Can Be also improved her record to a perfect two for two after winning the fifth trial in the second fastest qualifying time of :15.593. Bred by Las Vegas Ranch, Perfect Az Can Be posted a 1½-length victory in the trials with Eddie Garcia, this track’s all-time leading rider in both wins and stakes wins, aboard.

“She’s perfect so far, as her name says,” said trainer Kristen 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. That’s all cleared up and we just hope she stays healthy and keeps on running well. Her and Eddie make a great team.”

The Arizona-bred Perfect Az Can Be is out of a gem of a broodmare named Jess Perfect Girl, which has produced six winners from as many starters. Perfect Az Can Be’s sire is Texas Icon, which stands at Fales Ranch in Coolidge, Arizona.

As mentioned previously, Shangrilalala posted the third fastest qualifying time. Bred by Bobby Cox, the filly is the daughter of Mr Jess Perry and out of the Corona Cartel mare Bodacious Dream. She’s also the dam of Bodacious Eagle, a multiple Grade 1 winner and the nation’s co-number one ranked Quarter Horse in the AQHA racing poll. Shangrilalala was ridden by Martin Arriaga.

JGA Racing Stables Inc. also campaign the fourth fastest qualifier, Fire And Sass, which like stablemate Shangrilalala also made his career debut in the trials. A gelding by Walk Thru Fire and out of Jess Sass Me, Fire And Sass covered the distance in :15.621 while edging Denny and Sandy Weigt’s Missmerizing by a nose in the sixth trial of the night. Fire And Sass is a full brother to AQHA champion filly Jess Walking Thru, the winner of the 2014 Dash For Cash Futurity and third place finisher in that year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.

“It’s hard going into these trials with a first time starter,” trainer Juan Aleman said. “But we planned it like this because there’s so many futurities ahead of us. It’s a long year. We said let’s try them in the Kindergarten and make that their first race because these horses are paid to the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million. We just went in there trying our luck and we were lucky tonight. We were taking a shot trying to see if we could get lucky and get into the Kindergarten with a first time starter.”

Fire And Sass was also ridden by Arriaga.

“Martin started helping us towards the end of last year,” Aleman said. “I told him that this year we would give him a shot. Of course, Eduardo Nicasio is still riding for us, but we’re giving Martin a shot. They’ll be sharing the riding duties.”

Trained by Monty Arrossa and ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala, the PYC Paint Your Wagon filly Missmerizing finished with the fifth fastest time of :15.626. It was great trial night for fillies as they finished with four of the five fastest qualifying time. A fifth filly, Alejandro Sanchez’s Atypical, also qualified after running third behind Fire And Sass and Missmerizing in the trials. Ridden by Erasmo Gasca, the Mighty B Valiant filly Atypical covered the distance in the eighth fastest time of :15.666.

Spackman Racing and Lin Melton’s Dont Foose With Me tied with the Jose Flores-trained Kindigit for the fifth fastest qualifying time of :15.665. Ridden by Minor Arana, Dont Foose With Me won the second trial heat of the night by ¾ lengths. The Idaho-bred gelding by Foose came into this race after running sixth in his career debut here on April 7.

“He had a horrible trip,” said Melton of his charge’s debut race. “He got left and came back trying to run through horses. We always liked him a lot. Until they run you can’t like them a lot. I liked tonight. He ran well. He was mad. He wanted to run again. That’s how he is. He has been aggressive his whole life.”

Arana and Melton combined to qualify another runner to the Kindergarten Futurity after their Mucho Bravado posted the ninth fastest qualifying time of :15.671 when running fourth to Summertime Favorite. The Hard Hitting colt was also coming into this race after a sixth place finish in his debut, but just like Dont Foose With Me, his next start will come in the Kindergarten final. Firth, who has worked with many stakes winners and stakes finalist at his ranch in Hemet, California, will now have a stakes runner of his own thanks to his homebred Mucho Bravado. Love My Corona, the dam of Mucho Bravado, was the runner-up in the 2005 Kindergarten Futurity.

Ed Allred’s Seems Even Better veered in and bumped at the start of his trial, but recovered quickly to post the 10th fastest qualifying time to the Kindergarten. A gelding by Kiddy Up and from the family of 2015 Champion of Champions finalist Well And Good, Seems Even Better won his trial by ¾ lengths while stopping the clock in :15.728. With Carlos Huerta aboard, Seems Even Better has won both of his career starts.

“The horse made a big mistake away from the gate and he’ll run better in the final,” Willoughby said. “It’s his second out. He broke great the first time and just made a mistake away this time. He broke in, picked himself up, and Carlos did a great job riding him. He didn’t get upset about it and came flying down the end and went past them. We’ll school the horse. He’s always done everything great. It was just a bad break. We got in that’s what matters. It looks like Kiddy Up is going to be a great stud.”

The complete list of qualifiers to the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity is as follows: Summertime Favorite (:15.561), Perfect Az Can Be (:15.593), Shangrilalala (:15.597), Fire And Sass (:15.626), Dont Foose With Me (:15.665), Kindigit (:15.665), Atypical (:15.666), Mucho Bravado (:15.671), and Seems Even Better (:15.728).