12/10/2009 12:00AM

Freaky looks like the dominant force


LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - The staggering success of the 4-year-old gelding Freaky is expected to continue in Saturday's $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos.

Even trainer Paul Jones, who has four of the 10 finalists in the 440-yard classic, admits winning may be impossible.

"If he runs like he has been running, it's super scary," Jones said of Freaky. "If you take him out, it's wide open."

Freaky has more than lived up to his name this year. Bought privately last winter by Armando Aguirre and transferred to trainer Adan Farias, Freaky has won 5 of 6 starts since. Since June, he has won such major stakes as the Vessels Maturity, Spencer Childers Handicap, and Los Alamitos Championship, setting track records for 400 and 440 yards. He has not faced a challenge during his current four-race winning streak.

Freaky is 3-5 on the morning line, which oddsmaker, and track announcer, Ed Burgart, said is the lowest he has listed a Champion of Champions favorite in 29 years of compiling the track's morning line.

Farias said Freaky has thrived in recent weeks. He gave the gelding a 350-yard workout in 17.40 seconds on Nov. 17, a time that stunned the trainer.

"I've never seen a horse do that in the morning," Farias said.

Even the threat of a sealed track caused by an expected rainstorm does not concern Farias.

"If the track is sealed, it would favor us," Farias said. "He's fast out of the gate."

Jones's best chance is Foose, 3, who won the Los Alamitos Super Derby on Nov. 7, a victory that provided an automatic berth to the Champion of Champions.

Jones considers Foose to be the sort of improving 3-year-old who can play a factor in a year-end race against older horses. Conversely, one of those older horses is Freaky.

Foose has never faced older horses, and is seeking his fourth stakes win, having won the Ed Burke Million Futurity in 2008. A sealed track is not a concern to the trainer.

"He's a good breaker," Jones said. "With the rain coming, maybe we'll have a tighter track. Usually the quick horses can handle the hard tracks pretty well."

Jones also starts Separate Bet, who won the Remington Park Championship in May; Stylish Jess BR, who won the Challenge Distaff Championship in October; and Masters Call, who qualified through the Nov. 20 time trial. He did not enter the All American Derby winner, Inseperable, who has been retired to stud, it was announced on Wednesday.

Farias starts My Lady First, Fighter on Fire, and Little Bit of Baja. The field also includes defending champion Jess You and I, who won the Go Man Go Handicap in September, and the outsider Hawk in the City.