05/04/2012 3:11PM

Los Alamitos: Just a Fairytale top player in Kindergarten trials


Just a Fairytale is a 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly who won her debut by a convincing 1 1/4 lengths over 300 yards at Los Alamitos on April 21.

The victory so impressed trainer Paul Jones that he has compared her to Separate Fire, his filly who won the Kindergarten and Ed Burke Memorial futurities in the spring and early summer of 2011.

Sunday evening at Los Alamitos, Just a Fairytale starts in a division of the Kindergarten Futurity trials, an opportunity to further strengthen Jones’s opinion.

“I really like Just a Fairytale,” Jones said on Friday. “She reminds me of Separate Fire. They’re both small fillies and they’re both quick.”

Owned by breeder Blaine Bateman, Just a Fairytale starts from the rail in the seventh race, the sixth of eight divisions of the 300-yard trials. The horses with the top 10 trial times, regardless of finishing positions, will advance to the $400,000-estimated final on May 20.

Jones, Juan Aleman, and Jose Antonio Flores are the only trainers with entrants in all eight trials.

Aleman has two maiden race winners from April in the third race – To Catch This Wagon and Separate Checks.

In the fifth race, one of the strongest divisions, Jones starts Revv Me Up, who was second in her career debut. Revv Me Up is out of Revv It Up, who won the 2008 Kindergarten. Revv Me Up must beat The Cartel Straw, who won a 300-yard maiden race in a quick 15.36 seconds on April 13 for Aleman.

“The Cartel Straw looks pretty tough,” Jones said. “Revv Me Up ran green and she should have won her debut. She’s a pretty nice filly.”

In the seventh, Just a Fairytale must beat the Flores-trained Don Loncho, who was a troubled second in his debut to the Jones-trained Henoshersecret, a maiden race winner on April 13.

Henoshersecret starts in the ninth race, the final trial, which has also drawn the Flores-trained Mr Ease Cartel and Chics on Fire, a well-regarded maiden race winner trained by Dan Francisco.

“Henoshersecret is one that I like a lot,” Jones said. “I think he drew one of the tougher trials of the night.”

Many runners will need to be quicker in the trials than in recent maiden races to earn berths to the final. Jones predicts a time of 15.54 seconds or better will be needed for a berth. “That’s my guess,” he said.