04/17/2013 1:53PM

Los Alamitos: Bad Fast impresses in maiden win


Bad Fast will be the 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly to beat at Los Alamitos in coming weeks.

Last Saturday, Bad Fast won her debut in a 300-yard maiden race by an eye-catching 3 1/4 lengths, in 15.54 seconds. The victory will make her a favorite in a division of the time trials for the Kindergarten Futurity on May 5, if owners Cesar Lopez and trainer Jim Hanson choose to run her in the first futurity of the year in Southern California.

Bad Fast had the largest margin of victory from nine maiden races for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos last weekend, the first such races of the season. The win confirmed what Hanson had seen in recent workouts from the filly by No Secrets Here, who was bought for just $4,000 at the 2012 Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

“She’s cat quick,” Hanson said after the maiden race win. “She’s been real quick in the morning workouts.”

Hanson said that Bad Fast may have been intimidated by other horses at times during 220-yard workouts in company on March 12 and March 26. That was not a concern in the second half of the maiden race when she drew away from six rivals as the 4-5 favorite under jockey Leonardo Gonzalez.

“It looked like she came out a little bit early on, but then she took off,” Hanson said.

Eight of the nine 2-year-old maiden race winners are nominated for the 300-yard Kindergarten, which has a final May 19 worth an estimated $300,000.

Trainer Jaime Gomez had three 2-year-old winners – the filly Diamonds N Dynasty (15.61), the filly She Forgives (15.51), and the colt Texcoco (15.80). Diamonds N Dynasty and She Forgives are owned by the Dutch Masters III partnership.

The fastest maiden race winner was Quirky, a filly by Stel Corona who races for Los Alamitos track chairman Ed Allred. She won a race for fillies on Friday in 15.31. Quirky is not nominated for the Kindergarten, but is eligible for the next futurity – the $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity in June.

“She came back in good shape,” trainer Jim Glenn Jr. said Wednesday. “I thought she might need one. If she ran big, we could wait [for the Ed Burke trials] and give her another work. If not, we could get another race [before the trials]. It worked out.”