05/13/2008 11:00PM

Kindergarten looks wide open


The Grade 1, $340,150 Kindergarten at Los Alamitos on Saturday night may prove a rare opportunity for West Coast juveniles to win a Grade 1 stakes before the highly regarded Foose runs in the trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Ed Burke Million on June 7.

Trainer Paul Jones opted to pass the Kindergarten and focus on the Ed Burke with Foose, who raced to the fastest 300 yards ever by a 2-year-old first-time starter at Los Alamitos - 15.19 seconds.

That leaves the Kindergarten with fastest qualifier Runner Dreamin, Tres Passes, and two Jones qualifiers as the prime hopefuls.

Runner Dreamin took a promising step forward in the Kindergarten trials, with a three-quarter-length win after finishing second as the odds-on favorite in her career debut. The filly's time of 15.400 seconds was the fastest time from the 10 trials on May 3.

Tres Passes could put 12-time national champion trainer Blane Schvaneveldt back in the Kindergarten winner's circle for the eighth time, and the first time since 1998, when he won with champion First Sovereign. He won his first Kindergarten in 1970 with Band of Angels, one of his first major stakes winners during his Hall of Fame career.

Tres Passes made his first start in the Kindergarten trials and ran a game second, finishing a head behind the Jones-trained Revv It Up. Revv It Up raced to the second-fastest time of 15.420 seconds, while Tres Passes was timed in 15.445 seconds. Tres Passes was the 4-5 favorite in the trial, while Revv It Up was sent off at 3-1 odds off a maiden win.

Revv It Up, a sister to 2003 Champion of Champions winner The Down Side, is 2 for 2 lifetime and has encountered trouble during each of her wins.

Joining Revv It Up from the Jones barn in the Kindergarten is trial winner Hes Regal. The handsome colt finished well in his trial to win by a half-length in 15.530 seconds, the eighth-fastest time. He won his maiden at first asking by an easy three-quarters of a length.

VanBebber has five in East Juvenile

Trainer Janet VanBebber sends out half of the 10-horse field in the Grade 3 Ford East Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night at Delta Downs, including fastest qualifier Sun Shiny Days.

Sun Shiny Days showed what 60 days of maturity can do for a juvenile when she won her trial by 1 3/4 lengths with the fastest time from five trials, 17.849 seconds for 350 yards. She made her only other start on March 1 at Louisiana Downs and was a well-beaten fifth in the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity trials.

The VanBebber-trained A Lil Tres Seis is still a maiden after three starts, but comes off a close second in her trial. She is the third-fastest qualifier, with a 17.995-second time.

Southern Pretense finished fifth in the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity and won her East Juvenile trial.

The remaining VanBebber qualifiers, Senorita Seis and Winners Memory, finished second in their trials in their first starts.

Derby hopefuls at Ruidoso Downs

The top two finishers in last year's Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity are on schedule to make their 2008 debuts in the trials to the Grade 1, $300,000 Ruidoso Derby on May 24.

All American Futurity winner and champion 2-year-old Heartswideopen recorded her final workout before the derby trials when she breezed 220 yards in a bullet 11.21 seconds Monday morning.

"She rolled like a big black train," said trainer Carl Draper. "She was laughing and smiling."

All American Futurity runner-up SF Royal Bank, who was beaten by a neck, will have his final workout Friday at Ruidoso Downs. The colt has been training forwardly at trainer Paul Jones's Tularosa, N.M., training center this winter and spring.