02/25/2010 12:00AM

Freaky to rest up until summer


Earlier this week, Freaky, the reigning world champion Quarter Horse, underwent precautionary X-rays after winning his seventh consecutive race in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship last Saturday.

Trainer Adan Farias had said Freaky would be given a break until late summer, but went ahead with the X-rays, anyway. The results revealed no problems, he said.

"He was clean, not one pimple," Farias said. "He's 100 percent perfect."

Now he's 100 percent on vacation. Freaky is not expected to start again until August, with a defense of his title in the $750,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 11 as a long-term goal. His victory in that race in December clinched his status as world champion Quarter Horse of 2009.

After the Champion of Champions, Farias said Freaky would be given the winter off, but he opted to start Freaky in the Winter Championship in an attempt to gain an automatic berth to the 2010 Champion of Champions. Last Saturday, Freaky won the 400-yard Winter Championship by 1 1/4 lengths over Separate Bet, finishing in a stakes-record time of 19.24 seconds. A 5-year-old gelding, Freaky holds the 400-yard track record of 19.15 seconds, set in the Vessels Maturity last June.

"He's a monster," Farias said.

This year, Freaky will skip the Vessels Maturity. The tentative plan is for an allowance race in August, a possible start in the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap on Sept. 10, and a scheduled start in the $150,000 Los Alamitos Championship on Oct. 16 as a prep to the Champion of Champions.

"The horse deserves his break," Farias said. "We're going to turn him out at Vessels Stallion Farm. We're considering the Go Man Go. It depends on how he's training. We want to give him an allowance if he's doing really well."

Farias said it will be difficult not having Freaky in the barn for a few months.

"Every time I go to the barn, I get to see his white face," he said. "I've really grown to love the horse."

Farias trio heads Maiden Stakes

Farias may not be long between lucrative stakes wins.

Saturday, he has three qualifiers for the $134,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes, which is run over 350 yards and restricted to horses who were maidens as of Dec. 1.

Farias starts fastest qualifier Jus Ledoux It, B Zoom, and Stel Master.

Jus Ledoux It ran 350 yards in 17.26 seconds in the Maiden Stakes time trials Feb. 6, when he scored his first win in his seventh start.

B Zoom won a division of the trials in 17.43 seconds, and Stel Master was third by a neck behind Lite My Fyre in a separate division of the trials.

"I've got three good horses in there," Faris said, declining to name his leading choice. "My only concern is Brooklyn Boy. That's my biggest threat."

Brooklyn Boy finished second to Jus Ledoux It in the trials after a poor start. In four starts, Brooklyn Boy has not been worse than second, including a maiden win at Los Alamitos on Dec. 12.