Double Bar S Ranch LLC's All Kinds Of Kind will make her firststart since winning the $106,750 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes when she takes onsix rival 3-year-olds headed by Wild West Futurity winner Bannister inSaturday's $25,000 James Smith Memorial Handicap at Los Alamitos.
Trained by Paul Jones, All KindsOf Kind is on a hot streak right now. The Tac It Like A Man filly has won threeraces in a row and her victory against the boys was a comfortable one. WithOscar Peinado aboard, All Kinds Of Kind broke out and bumped at the start, butshe had the lead at the halfway mark of the 350-yard race. The homebred fillygalloped home from there, cruising the wire a half-length ahead of runner-upBetter Check Him Out, a major futurity finalists here last year. All Kinds OfKind has either won or run second in seven of 10 career starts, including herlast six starts. She’ll start from post number three on Saturday.
Denny and Sandy Weigt’s Bannisterwill enter the James Smith after running in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos WinterDerby on February 11. The Oklahoma-bred won his Winter Derby trial in mid-Januaryand posted a head victory in the $118,000 Wild West last year. Monty Arrossatrains the son of Maknmoves. The field will also feature Kolleen Ledgerwood’sCalifornia Breeders Freshman Stakes winner Favorite Aquaholic and Steve Burns’El Primero Del Ano Derby trial winner Western Coast.
The James Smith Memorial Handicapis named in honor of the long time Vice-President and General Manager of theHorsemen's Quarter Horse Racing Association that conducted a winter meeting atLos Alamitos Race Course during the 1980s and early 90s. Smith was an integralfigure in bringing Thoroughbred racing to Los Alamitos in the mid 90s.
"Jim Smith was an eclecticman, a cultured man," said Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos RaceCourse. "Jim worked for a hockey team and had a good friend that workedfor Hollywood Park. He came to California and was hired to work at Los AlamitosRace Course by Robert L. Boniface, who was the president of the HQHRA. Jimworked as general manager here and also during the seasons that we raced QuarterHorses at Bay Meadows."
"Jim had a great academicbackground and he was great at doing promotions," Allred added. "Hewas the president of the Federation of California Racetracks and he was wellliked and very respected. When I began running the company, I made him ourdirector of governmental relations. Jim was very effective in Sacramento. LosAlamitos has Thoroughbred racing today because of Jim Smith. The legislation toallow Thoroughbreds to race here would have never passed if it wasn't for him.I keep a photograph of Jim Smith on my desk and will always do so."