She Forgives Tops Kindergarten Trials

Foose filly is one of two qualifiers for Dutch Masters III.

May 6, 2013

Dutch Masters III’s She Forgives posted the fastest qualifying time to the $281,000 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) following a powerful length victory in the third of eight trials on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Jaime Gomez and ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, She Forgives covered the 300-yard distance in :15.375 to improve her career record to two wins in as many starts. The daughter of freshman sire Foose and out of the multiple stakes winner Forgive Him will now try to give Dutch Masters III a record fifth victory in this prestigious race. With Kindergarten winners in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2009, Dutch Masters III are tied with 1997 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Ivan Ashment for the stakes record of most wins by an owner. Dutch Masters III will also be represented by the eighth-fastest qualifier Docs First Fire, who it co-owns with Gomez, in the Kindergarten.

A total of 62 freshman sprinters competed in the trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the Kindergarten final to be held on Sunday, May 19. The complete list of qualifiers is as follows: She Forgives (:15.375), Glitter In My Face (:15.429), Shake Djibouti (:15.487), Bad Fast (:15.526), Duke Of Carter (:15.539), Shaded Secrets (:15.553), Foose Is Loose (:15.575), Docs First Fire (:15.615), Last Chancer (:15.615) and Hot Capuccino (:15.623).

Sent off at 5-2 odds, She Forgives was outstanding in her trial win, as she broke sharply from post number one before taking solid command of her trial at the midway point of the race over fourth-fastest qualifier Bad Fast. A graduate of the 2012 Los Alamitos Equine Sale, the Ed Allred-bred filly She Forgives had previously scored a half-length victory in her debut on April 12.

“She’s been one of the stars in the barn from the first time that she qualified in the morning,” Gomez said. “She’s one of the best fillies that we have. We bought her for a great price at the sale and I really liked her because her mother made a lot of money. She is also from the first group of babies sired by Foose and I really liked her. We don’t have too many babies, but we do have some good ones.”

She Forgives is the first foal out of Forgive Him, who won the 2008 La Primera Del Ano Derby (G2), 2009 Las Damas Handicap (G2) plus the Huntington Harbor Stakes and California Breeders’ Debutante Stakes (R). Forgive Him earned $205,576 in her racing career. Foose was the 2008 champion 2-year-old colt and a winner of $1,616,938.

Gomez has trained the winner of the Kindergarten seven times, a figure that ties him for the stakes record with the legendary Hall of Famer Blane Schvaneveldt. In addition to She Forgives and Docs First Fire, Gomez also trains Bobby Cox’s Shake Djibouti, who won the opening trial.

Jose Antonio Flores’ Glitter In My Face enjoyed a three-quarter length victory in the second trial of the night at odds of 8-1. Sired by Flores’ stallion Special Cartel and out of Granny Janny, Glitter In My Face defeated a field that included Kindergarten qualifiers Shaded Secrets and Last Chancer on the way to posting the second-fastest qualifying time. Glitter In My Face also shined in her racing debut when scoring a half-length victory on April 14.

“I am happy for Special Cartel because he’s never had a chance to breed a lot of mares,” Flores said. “He’s done well with his runners and I was happy that he got a chance to breed Granny Janny. She was bred by Dr. Allred and his mares always have great bloodlines.”

Sired by Pritzi Dash and out of the Raise A Secret mare Big Jan, Granny Janny won seven races in 38 starts while earning nearly $75,000 during her racing career.

Bobby Cox’s Shake Djibouti was the 3-5 favorite in her trial and she responded with a length victory and the third-fastest qualifying time with jockey Gregorio Arriaga aboard. The TR Dasher filly came into the trials after finishing fourth in her racing debut.

“She’s really fast and very smart,” Gomez added. “She had qualified well in the mornings, but ended up fourth in her first start. I still liked her a lot and I told Bobby that she had a nice chance to qualify.”

Gilberto Jasso’s Bad Fast finished with the fourth-fastest time after her runner-up effort to fastest qualifier She Forgives. Ridden by Leonardo Gonzalez and trained by Jim Hanson, the daughter of No Secrets Here had previously scored a runaway debut victory by 3 ¼ lengths.

The fourth trial of the night produced four qualifiers in the form of Janet McKinnerney’s trial winner Duke Of Carter, Paul Jones and Thompson Racing Inc’s Foose Is Loose, the aforementioned Docs First Fire and Balgo Racing Team Inc. and Marlyn Gonzalez’s Hot Capuccino. Trained by Jose Flores and ridden by Cruz Mendez, Duke Of Carter finished a neck ahead of Foose Is Loose in this race, while posting the fifth-fastest qualifying time. The gelding sired by 2007 Kindergarten winner Carters Cartel came into the trials after a very troubled eighth-place finish in his debut.

“That was a race to throw out,” Flores said. “He stumbled and got bumped in that race. Janet always has some well bred horses and Duke Of Carter comes from a nice family of horses. He prevailed tonight from the number one post and he did extremely well.”

Duke Of Carter’s mother is Tres Spice, who is a full sister to Los Alamitos Two Million (G1) and Golden State Million Futurity (G1) winner Tres Passes.

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, the homebred Foose Is Loose is one three Foose babies that qualified to the Kindergarten Futurity.

“The Foose babies are off and running and we’re happy to be part of it,” said part-owner Terry Thompson. “Foose Is Loose didn’t break all that sharply, but he came on strong at the end. His first race was nice, as he was very consistent throughout. He did exactly what we wanted him to do and we’ve always been high on this colt.”

Owned and bred by Jeffrey and Kim Pitcher, Shaded Secrets was one of the surprises of the trials after running second to Glitter In My Face at 23-1 odds. Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Cesar De Alba, the No Secrets Here filly was fifth in her racing debut when taking on She Forgives on April 12. Shaded Secrets and Last Chancer battled it out for second-place throughout their trial race on the way to making it to the final.

Denny Ekins saddled the great Tolltac to victory in the 1983 Kindergarten, and 30 years later he’ll saddle Tom Close and Lee Thompson’s Last Chancer with the hope of another victory in this race. Ridden by Carlos Huerta, The Foose filly is the granddaughter of 1987 All American Futurity (G1) winner Elans Special.

Piloted by Santiago Mendez for trainer Guillermo Morales, Hot Capuccino battled with Duke Of Carter for the lead and was part of a blanket finish at the wire in the fourth trial. The Walk Thru Fire filly came into the trials having finished second in her debut against a group that included Shake Djibouti on April 12. Hot Capuccino will now look to give Balgo Racing Team a second Kindergarten victory.

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An all-time record average in the early Pick Four pools was set on May 3-5. The average pool this weekend was $143,593. A total of $430,780 was wagered in the early Pick Fours during the three nights of racing. The weekend also featured the second highest total wagered on back-to-back nights in the early Pick Four of $304,553 posted on May 4 and 5. That figure is second only to the $309,405 that was bet on the nights of May 19 and 20 of 2012.