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Records Could Fall in Kindergarten

Owner, trainer records might be broken in Kindergarten Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
May 16, 2013

The records for wins by an owner and wins by a trainer in the fabled Kindergarten Futurity, which was first contested in 1955 (four years before the first All American Futurity), could fall on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

The Kindergarten was once an iconic target for 2-year-olds and had a purse high of $607,710 in 1982. Now it has been relegated to Grade 2 status, with a $281,000 purse. It has been surpassed on the Los Alamitos 2-year-old stakes lineup by the three Grade 1 million-dollar futurities: the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Two Million. Previous Kindergarten winners during the race’s golden years included Pap (1956), Tonto Bars Hank (1960), Pokey Bar (1961), Jet Deck (1962), Whataway To Go (1969), Osage Rocket (1971), Pockatu (1972), Easy Date (1974), Ettago Chickie (1980), First Down Dash (1986), Runaway Winner (1987) and Corona Chick (1991).

Owner James Streelman’s Dutch Masters III is trying to surpass the record of four wins he shares with Ivan Ashment, whose four wins include three-straight victories with Bobby’s Angel, Sir Chica Mor and Town Policy.

Trainer Jaime Gomez shares the record of seven Kindergarten wins with American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame trainer Blane Schvaneveldt, who trained all of Ashment’s horses. Gomez has conditioned Dutch Masters III’s Kindergarten winners.

On Sunday, Gomez saddles Dutch Masters III’s fastest qualifier She Forgives (Foose-Forgive Him by Hawkinson), the Dutch Masters III and Gomez co-owned Docs First Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Dutch Secret by Separatist) and Bobby Cox’s Shake Djibouti (TR Dasher-Jess Shakem by Mr Jess Perry).

She Forgives has won each of her two starts and took her Kindergarten trial by a length over fourth-fastest qualifier Bad Fast (No Secrets Here-Faster Car by Tres Seis). She Forgives topped the nine trials with her :15.375 time for 300 yards, while Bad Fast was timed in :15.526. She Forgives showed her potential in her debut when she won by a half length, with a :15.51 time for 300 yards.

Docs First Fire is a maiden after finishing second in a maiden race and then third in his Kindergarten trial, with the ninth-fastest qualifying time of :15.615.

Shake Djibouti, co-bred by Streelman with Bill Dale, could be dangerous in the Kindergarten after moving forward with a 1-length trial win in the third-fastest time of :15.487. In her other start, she was a non-threatening fourth in a maiden race.

The Jose Flores-owned and -trained Glitter In My Face (Special Cartel-Granny Janny by Pritzi Dash) is perfect after two starts and boasts the second-fastest qualifying time. She won her maiden by a half length and then took her Kindergarten trial by three quarters of a length in :15.429.