04/27/2011 12:45PM

Los Alamitos: Farias must pick right spots for all his good 2-year-olds


Managing 2-year-old Quarter Horses at this time of year can sometimes be tricky.

This spring, Adan Farias has 36 2-year-olds in his 94 horse stable at Los Alamitos. Deciding which of those youngsters belong in early season futurities, such as the Kindergarten Futurity trials at Los Alamitos on May 8, and which should be held out in favor of the next major race, the Ed Burke Million Futurity in June, can be difficult.

Earlier this week, Farias said he had 12 prospects for the Kindergarten trials, which has a final on May 22. The group does not include Long Gone, who beat maidens in his debut on April 22. Long Gone ran 300 yards in 15.39 seconds, the fastest clocking of the year for a juvenile at Los Alamitos.

Long Gone is not eligible for the Kindergarten, and if his maiden race is any indication of future ability, that could be a blessing. Long Gone won by 1 3/4 lengths, and is already an Ed Burke contender.

“He’s an impressive horse,” Farias said. “I expected a good race, but not that fast. Two or three jumps out of the gate, he was clear.”

Part of Farias’s reasoning is the long season ahead of Lone Gone, and the other promising 2-year-olds in the stable. There are three seven-figure futurities at Los Alamitos, starting with the Ed Burke, which has time trials on June 11 and a final on June 25. The other two are the Golden State Million in November and the Los Alamitos Two Million in December, which is a long way off for a young horse.

Long Gone races for Armando Leon, who purchased the colt by TR Dasher for $52,000 at a yearling sale at Los Alamitos last fall. Long Gone is a full brother to Snitcher, a two-time stakes winner for Leon and Farias.

As for the Kindergarten trials, run over 300 yards, Farias expects to have as many as two runners in some of the trials. One likely starter is Ima Chickie Too, who was a troubled third in a 300-yard maiden race on April 16, losing by a half-length after a bumping incident.

“She didn’t win her first start, but she has a lot more talent,” Farias said. “She kind of broke slow and veered out. She was making up a ton of ground.”