05/11/2011 12:39PM

Los Alamitos: Separate Fire sets track record in Kindergarten Futurity trial win


Any debate regarding the leading 2-year-old Quarter Horse at Los Alamitos this spring is a short discussion.

Separate Fire was an impressive winner of a maiden race in her debut last month. Last Sunday, in time trials for the $339,600 Kindergarten Futurity on May 22, Separate Fire set a 300-yard track record of 15.1 seconds, breaking a year-old mark of 15.14 seconds set by Blues Girls Choice.

Separate Fire was already on trainer Paul Jones’s short list of promising 2-year-olds in his nationwide stable before Sunday’s time trial, and the filly will be a heavy favorite to win the Grade 1 Kindergarten.

“She’s one of the fastest babies I have this year,” Jones said. “She’s naturally fast.”

There were nine time trials for the Kindergarten, and Separate Fire won the fifth division. At that point, the fastest qualifier was Sompin About First, who ran 15.28 seconds to win the fourth division and stay unbeaten after two starts. By the end of the evening, Sompin About First would rank fifth on the list of qualifiers.

Separate Fire was the 2-5 favorite in the sixth race. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Separate Fire broke to the inside after the start but was quickly well in front, leading by two lengths midway through the race and by 2 1/4 lengths over runner-up VGW Holland Classic at the wire. VGW Holland Classic was timed in 15.48 seconds and did not earn a berth to the final.

The presence of Separate Fire in a major 2-year-old race is the latest success for owner Jose Trevino’s Tremor Enterprises. In 2009, Trevino raced Tempting Dash, the champion 2-year-old colt. Last summer, Tremor won the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs with Mr Piloto. Separate Fire was purchased a few weeks later at the Heritage Place Sale in Oklahoma City for $45,000.

Separate Fire is by Walk Thru Fire who has the second- and third-fastest qualifiers in Fixin To Fly (15.18) and This Boogie Fires (15.19), who won the seventh and ninth divisions of the trials.

Fixin To Fly won for the first time in the trials, having finished second in two maiden races in April. This Boogie Fires is unbeaten in two starts, having won a maiden race April 15.

The remaining qualifiers are Kindly Fellow, Sompin About First, Kobe, Red Dasher, Ima Chickie Too, RLR Tres Premios, and Features Gift.