06/30/2009 11:00PM

Hard for Tres Passes to get going


Tres Passes, the star 2-year-old at Los Alamitos last fall, is ready for his 3-year-old debut. The problem is an absence of competition.

Trainer Blane Schvaneveldt entered Tres Passes for the $30,000 Vandy s Flash Handicap for 3-year-olds on Friday, but the race was not used because of insufficient entries.

Without that race as a launch to his 2009 campaign, Tres Passes may not start until the trials for the Golden State Derby at Los Alamitos on Aug. 15. The $250,000 final for that race is Aug. 29. If that scenario unfolds, Tres Passes will have had eight months between starts.

Last fall, Tres Passes won the Golden State Million Futurity in November and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity in December for Schvaneveldt, Los Alamitos s all-time winningest trainer, and owner Janet McKinnerney.

This is not the schedule that Schvaneveldt would prefer.

There isn t really anyplace to go, he said.

With a majority of the quality 3-year-olds based at Los Alamitos bound for the Governor s Cup Derby trials next weekend, and a lack of depth in the older horse division, allowance races are infrequent. Some minor stakes scheduled for earlier in the meeting failed to fill.

As a result, McKinnerney and Schvaneveldt have been forced to make alternative arrangements for Tres Passes at a steep price. On June 15, Tres Passes was supplemented to the $1 million Los Alamitos Super Derby for $75,000. The trials for that race will not be held until Oct. 16, with the 400-yard final on Nov. 7.

The Super Derby includes an automatic berth to the $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Dec. 12, a race that annually plays a major role in the World Champion voting.

I hope he can get in there, Schvaneveldt said. It s hard to get a place in that race.

A gelding, Tres Passes has won 5 of 9 starts and $1,436,765.

Tylerite resting after win

Schvaneveldt s most promising 2-year-old is Tylerite, who won the Ed Burke Juvenile Stakes on June 23, a consolation to the Ed Burke Million Futurity. Tylerite did not have a time in the Ed Burke trials fast enough to gain a spot in the final, but made up for it with a convincing half-length win in the 350-yard Juvenile.

By far, the best race of his career, Schvaneveldt said.

Tylerite has won 3 of 5 starts for owners Ron and Ronnie Keller. The win in the Ed Burke Juvenile earned the gelding a vacation until the trials for the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity trials on Sept. 12. He needs to be rested, Schvaneveldt said.