05/11/2005 11:00PM

Two budding stars clash in Kindergarten


Two Corona Special and Finding Nemo head the Grade 1, $262,900 Kindergarten on Saturday night at Los Alamitos after posting the two fastest times in trials. Each was making just his second career start.

Two Corona Special has the potential to be an important stakes horse on the basis of his 2-for-2 record and an exceptional pedigree. A son of leading sire Strawfly Special and two-time champion Corona Cash, Two Corona Special thoroughly dominated his 300-yard Kindergarten trial with a late-running style indicative of a 2-year-old who will continue to excel as futurity distances increase throughout the year. His time of 15.41 seconds was the fastest time from the eight trials held April 30.

In his career debut, Two Corona Special won his maiden by a length in 15.82 for 300 yards.

Finding Nemo is precocious. with speed and a mature running style. In his trial he got a very quick and clean start to take the early advantage and then held off sixth-fastest qualifier Gold Nugget Rd to win by three-quarters of a length. Finding Nemo's time was 15.43.

Finding Nemo was an impressive maiden winner on April 15, when he won by a half-length in 15.64.

Third-fastest qualifier Higher Fire also has a 2-for-2 record, coming into the Kindergarten after winning her trial in 15.46. In her trial, she prevailed by a nose over fourth-fastest qualifier Love My Corona, while fifth-fastest qualifier Eye Jess Cant Wait was a close third.

Higher Fire will race coupled with Gold Nugget Rd.

Speed on Prince rules in Texas

Fastest qualifier Speed on Prince brings a 2-for-2 record into the Grade 2, $77,220 Ford Texas Juvenile Challenge on Saturday at Retama Park.

Speed on Prince narrowly won his maiden at first asking and then showed improvement in his Texas Juvenile Challenge trial when he won by a half-length in 18.101 for 350 yards.

Second-fastest qualifier El Zapatista held off fifth-fastest qualifier Classified Bull in their trial, with El Zapatista timed in 18.104.

'Chicks' favored in Spring Futurity

Chicks are Streakin, runner-up in the New Mexico Spring Futurity at Sunland Park, brings fastest-qualifier and probable-favorite status into the $68,275 Albuquerque Spring Futurity for New Mexico-breds at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday.

Chicks are Streakin started his career with two second-place finishes, including a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 New Mexico Spring Futurity, finishing three-quarters of a length behind Royal Snowflakes. He then won his maiden in his Albuquerque Spring Futurity trial by 1 1/4 lengths in 16.868 for 330 yards.

Second-fastest qualifier King a Blazin also won his maiden in his Albuquerque Spring Futurity trial, by 1 1/2 lengths in his fourth career start. He was timed in 17.025.

Also on the program, as part of the Lineage races for statebreds, Lou Wooten Handicap winner Miranda Fame goes for her first 2005 win in the $40,000 Lineage Championship for older horses at 400 yards.

Miranda Fame is winless from three 2005 starts, but had four wins and a second from five 2004 outs.

Real Fortunate Gal comes into the Lineage Championship off a 400-yard allowance win at Albuquerque, scoring by three-quarters of a length as the 4-5 favorite.