06/17/2008 11:00PM

Jones barn set for major weekend


It's another weekend at Los Alamitos when it is good to be Paul Jones.

The six-time defending national champion trainer has two horses, including fastest qualifier Frankie Shoots, in Friday's Grade 1, $150,000 Vessels Maturity - and he could have a financial bonanza in Saturday's Grade 1, $1,155,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity.

In the 350-yard futurity, Jones has five qualifiers, and four of them could end up the four shortest-priced horses on the tote board, with the Jones-trained fastest qualifier Fantastic Corona Jr and Foose vying for favoritism.

The Vessels Maturity field does not have the big-name Grade 1 winner that traditionally brightens the field, but the winner still receives a berth in the Grade 1, $1 million Champion of Champions in December.

The Jones-trained Frankie Shoots, winner of the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby, was highly impressive in the second of two trials, rallying from a slow start to win by a nose with the fastest-qualifying time of 19.485 seconds for the 400 yards. He ran the final 220 yards in an exceptionally fast 9.32 seconds.

Frankie Shoots is in sharp form with a win in the 350-yard Kaweah Bar Handicap in his start before the Vessels Maturity trials.

In the Ed Burke Million, Fantastic Corona Jr has yet to have a competitor closer than within 1 1/2 lengths of him in two career starts. He sparkled in his career debut with a 1 1/2-length maiden win in 15.47 seconds for 300 yards. In his Ed Burke trial, he stepped forward, drawing out to a two-length win from the inside post position. His time of 17.415 seconds for 250 yards was the fastest of 119 entrants in 13 trials.

The 2-year-old Foose has received national acclaim since his first start on April 19, when he ran 300 yards in 15.19 seconds. That's the fastest time ever by a first-time starter at Los Alamitos and the third-fastest time ever by a 2-year-old. He drew out to win by 3 1/2 lengths.

After the maiden win, Jones sold a half-interest in Foose to Dr. Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Race Course, and they decided to pass on the Grade 1 Kindergarten - the trials were just two weeks after his maiden win - and point the colt toward the Ed Burke Million. They were rewarded with a two-length Ed Burke trial win in 17.490 seconds, the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

While Foose bypassed the Kindergarten, Jones won the first Grade 1 futurity of the year with Revv It Up, the seventh-fastest qualifier to the Ed Burke. A sister to Champion of Champions winner and top freshman sire The Down Side, Revv It Up is undefeated in four starts while building a reputation as a game filly who fights to win. She showed great tenacity in the Kindergarten with a nose win, then had an easier time in her Ed Burke trial when she won by a half-length.

Another Jones-trained prospect who appears dangerous in the Ed Burke is second-fastest qualifier Rieda Hay Worth. She got her second win from as many starts, winning her trial by 1o1/4 lengths in 17.430 seconds. She won her maiden at first asking as the 1-5 favorite, by a neck, after a troubled start.

Trial rematch in Retama Futurity

Fastest qualifier Zoomin Doll and Longhorn Futurity winner Baja Jazz are set for a rematch in the Grade 1, $279,855 Longhorn Futurity on Sunday night. They ran one-two in their trial for this race.

Zoomin Doll, fifth in the Grade 1 Longhorn Futurity, pulled away in her Retama Futurity trial to win with the fastest time from 12 trials, 17.856 seconds for 350 yards. It was her second win from four starts.

Baja Jazz won his first three starts, highlighted by his head win as the 2-5 favorite in the Longhorn Futurity. He finished a half length behind Zoomin Doll in their Retama Futurity trial as the 4-5 choice.