06/16/2010 11:00PM

Leave the Scene needs good start


INGLEWOOD, Calif. − When Leave the Scene drew the rail for Saturday's $1,064,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos, trainer Blane Schvaneveldt was unfazed.

"I set a track record out of there last week," he said quickly.

Indeed, the Schvaneveldt-trained Divide the Cash zipped 350 yards in 17.061 seconds winning the minor Make It Anywhere Handicap from the rail June 11.

Leave the Scene may not have to run quite that fast, but the thinking among trainers involved in the Burke Million is that it will take a quick time to win the Burke, the first of three seven-figures futurities at Los Alamitos this year.

"It's a pretty good bunch of 2-year-olds here," said Schvaneveldt, 76. "Maybe as good a bunch as we've ever had."

Owned by the father-son team of Ron and Ronnie Keller of Preston, Idaho, Leave the Scene set the fastest qualifying time for the Burke with a 17.21-second clocking in the 350-yard trials June 6. Leave the Scene won that trial with little urging from jockey G.R. Carter Jr., who retains the mount for the final.

"I think he'll run faster than that this time," Schvaneveldt said.

Typical of any 350-yard futurity, a mistake at the gate or in the first few strides will be costly for any runner. Schvaneveldt can take comfort in the way that Leave the Scene broke in the June 6 trials, a race he won by three-quarters of a length. "He ran really well in the trials," Schvaneveldt said.

The 10 qualifiers were separated by .21 seconds in the trials. Trainers Adan Farias and Jaime Gomez each have two qualifiers and will each saddle leading contenders.

Gomez starts All N The Jeans and Personal Glory, who were third and eighth in the Kindergarten Futurity, the season's first stakes for 2-year-olds May 15. Both returned to score comfortable wins in Burke time trials. Personal Glory was timed in 17.277 seconds, the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

Farias, best known as the trainer of 2009 World Champion Freaky, will start Jose Pablo and First Down Illusion. Jose Pablo won a division of the trials in 17.272 seconds, the third-fastest time, and is unbeaten in two starts, having won a maiden race in April.

First Down Illusion was second to Leave the Scene in the Burke trials.