11/25/2009 12:00AM

Freaky leads Farias gang aiming to be Champion


Freaky, the nation's leading Quarter Horse, will be a strong favorite in the $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Dec. 12, and his trainer, Adan Farias, will be quite busy in that race.

Farias has four of the 10 qualifiers in the prestigious 440-yard race: Freaky, Fighter on Fire, Little Bit of Baja and My Lady First. My Lady First and Little Bit of Baja were first and fourth in the $18,000 Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trial last Friday, which determined the final four berths to the Champion of Champions. Hawk in the City and Masters Call were second and third in the trial and also earned berths to the Champion of Champions.

The other six berths were awarded to horses who won major stakes in the last year. Aside from Freaky and Fighter on Fire, the other starters are Foose, Inseperable, Jess You and I (the defending champion), and Separate Bet.

Freaky has not started since winning the Los Alamitos Championship on Oct. 10, but he worked 350 yards from the gate in a quick 17.40 seconds last Saturday, his final work before the Champion of Champions. A 4-year-old gelding, Freaky has won his last four starts, three in Grade 1 stakes.

Terrific Energy earned a berth for the Champion of Champions with a win in the Mildred Vessels Handicap in September, but was withdrawn after recent surgery to have bone chips removed from a knee, trainer Christopher O'Dell said. Her berth reverted to the trials.

Apollitical Jess quickest for $2M

Apollitical Jess holds the fastest qualifying time for the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Dec. 11 after 12 time trials last Saturday.

Apollitical Jess ran 400 yards in 19.45 seconds, the quickest time of 94 horses. Trained by Juan Aleman, Apollitical Jess missed qualifying for the Ed Burke and Golden State Million futurities earlier this year.

In the final, his main competition will be Shining First Dash, who was second in the Governor's Cup and Golden State Million futurities earlier this year.

Southern California Derby trials set

Tres Passes, the winner of two major futurities in 2008, and Jessanotheraffair, the winner of the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders' Derby in October, will start in time trials for the Southern California Derby on Friday.

There are 21 horses entered in three trials. The horses with the fastest 10 times from the 400-yard trials, regardless of finishing positions, will qualify for the Dec. 13 final.

Tres Passes and Jessanotheraffair start in Friday's sixth race, the first division of the trials. Saturday Nite Fever, the winner of the Bayer Legend Derby Challenge on Oct. 31, will be favored in the second division. The final trial features Fantastic Corona Jr and Royal Proclamation, who were second and third in the All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs in September.