05/14/2002 11:00PM

McArthur has three in Kindergarten


Trainer Donna McArthur's strong stable, which is headed by Corona Kool, the top-ranked horse in Quarter Horse racing, has three promising juveniles in the Grade 1, $361,000 Kindergarten on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

The 300-yard Kindergarten is the season's first futurity on the West Coast. A $1 million bonus goes to any horse who can win the Kindergarten, the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (July 27), and the Los Alamitos Million (Dec. 13).

McArthur, who has saddled 50 stakes winners at Los Alamitos, will send out Lonely Moon Sign, Morning Snow, and Style N Grace in the Kindergarten

Lonely Moon Sign, owned by Jesus and Sandra Soto, is creating a buzz after just two career starts.

A brother to 1997 Remington Park Futurity winner Quick Moon Sign, Lonely Moon Sign won his maiden in his debut on April 20 at Los Alamitos. He won the maiden race by only a half-length, but the tight hold by jockey Sam Thompson showed him to be a horse to follow.

Lonely Moon Sign, came back in the 10th of 11 Kindergarten trials on May 4 to win by 1 1/2 lengths as the 7-10 favorite. His 15.44-second time for the 300 yards topped the qualifiers' list.

"I knew he would do this, based on his first race," McArthur said.

Morning Snow, owned by Charlie and Dixie Patterson, came to Los Alamitos after running fifth in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park on April 7. He won his Kindergarten trial by a neck with the sixth-fastest qualifying time of 15.53 seconds.

Style N Grace made the finals after finishing second to Dale Badon in their trial.

Dale Badon, owned by John Andreini and Blane Schvaneveldt, is the sentimental choice in the Kindergarten. The colt is named after the late Dale Badon, a California fixture who was a jockey, trainer, Los Alamitos stall manager, and Schvaneveldt's ranch manager before he died from stroke complications last fall.

The colt won his trial by a half-length in 15.465 seconds.

First Rate Choice, owned by EG High Desert Farms, is a sister to 1998 champion 2-year-old First Sovereign. She raced to a half-length win in her trial to share second-fastest qualifier status with Dale Badon (15.465 seconds).

Six Little Injuns choice at Delta

Six Little Injuns, owned by Mary Thompson and Donna Dunlap, goes for his third stakes win of the year in the $12,500 MCI East Distance Challenge over 870 yards at Delta Downs on Saturday.

The winner of three of four starts this year, Six Little Injuns won the 550-yard division and the 870-yard division of the Manors Downs' handicap series this spring.