05/06/2009 12:00AM

Double Bar S loaded for Kindergarten Futurity


With one notable exception, the Kindergarten Futurity at Los Alamitos each May has arrived a little too early for the juveniles from the Double Bar S Ranch. In recent years, the Double Bar S 2-year-olds have excelled in major futurities in the summer and fall.

This year, Double Bar S led all owners with three qualifiers for the $300,000 Kindergarten, to be run at Los Alamitos on May 16. In time trials last Saturday evening, Double Bar S Ranch sent out Effectiveimmediately, the fastest qualifier; Notawalkbehinder, the third-quickest qualifier; and Dig Down Deep, the ninth-fastest qualifier.

"It's unbelievable," Dawn List said. "We're on cloud nine."

Dawn List and her sister, Rhonda, handle the day-to-day business of Double Bar S Ranch on behalf of their mother, Sharon, a frequent visitor to the races. Sharon's late husband, Jens List, developed the 153-acre farm in Moreno Valley, Calif., in the late 1980's. Since his death in 1996, Double Bar S Ranch has continued - and thrived. Double Bar S won the Kindergarten with Carters Cartel in 2007 and has won two seven-figure futurities in recent years - the Golden State Million with Jess You and I in 2006 and the Ed Burke Million with Cartels Cartel in 2007. Last year, Double Bar S's Reida Hay Worth was third in the Ed Burke.

In a way, success in the Kindergarten is inevitable. Double Bar S is allied with trainer Jaime Gomez, who has won six runnings of the Kindergarten. Gomez will have four of the 10 finalists on May 16.

Effectiveimmediately was the surprise result of Saturday's 300-yard time trials, winning the fifth of seven divisions by a length over Runaway Tyme, who also qualified for the final. The 10 fastest times qualified for the final, regardless of finishing positions.

Effectiveimmediately, by Corona Cartel, is unbeaten in two starts, having won a 300-yard maiden race on April 9. In the time trials, the filly was timed in 15.435 seconds.

"We didn't know she was that good," Dawn List said.

There were expectations surrounding Notawalkbehinder, whose breeding was a collaborative effort between Double Bar S and Gomez. Double Bar S owned the dam, Shes a Strawfly, while Gomez had a stallion season to Walk Thru Fire.

"When the filly was born, we thought, 'She's outstanding,' " Dawn List said. "When she was at the track here at the ranch, we knew she was special. When Jaime had her at [Los Alamitos], he said, 'I've got another one.' "

Gomez also qualified Twin Spires, who is owned by the Dutch Masters partnership of James Streelman and Denny Boer. Dutch Masters has won four runnings of the Kindergarten, most recently in 2005 with Gold Nugget RD.

Dutch Masters has another Kindergarten qualifier with Its All About FDD, who is co-owned by Kelly Spackman and trained by Lin Melson. Its All About FDD was second to Notawalkbehinder in the time trials.

The other qualifiers are Azshecanfly, Magical Night, Tylerite, and Butterfly Kisses.