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Rockin Disco in Tough in Juvenile Championship

Rockin Disco among the competitive field in the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship.

Q-Racing Journal
October 23, 2012

Rockin J Running Horses and Jack Manning’s Rockin Disco, winner of three consecutive races at Ruidoso Downs this summer, faces a deep and competitive field over 350 yards in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2).

The John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship brings together the top 2-year-olds on the program with more than $1 million awarded in Challenge-sponsored races.

Rockin Disco (Rock Solid Jess-Check This Disco by Check Him Out) put together a promising summer at Ruidoso Downs when he won his trial and final of the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) and then his All American Futurity (G1) trial in successive starts. The Mike Wakefield-trained gelding surprised at 9-1 odds in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge when he got up at the wire to defeat Llano Cartel by a head.

Horton Racing’s homebred Heroes Heart (Valiant Hero-Sweethearts Quicksix by Sixarun) could gain the favorite’s role with her success in her latest two starts at Prairie Meadows. She broke her maiden in her third start when she took her September 1 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge trial by three quarters of a length and then backed up that effort for trainer Charley Hunt with a late-running half-length win in the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge as the 5-2 favorite.

Alan and Tawn Perkins’ Sheaintcrynrealtears (Jet Cartel-Tear Drop Six by Sixarun) has been a close second in her latest three outs against solid company. After finishing just a neck behind Adoring Jess as the 3-2 favorite in the August 11 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge, she was second by a neck in her Dash For Cash Futurity trial and then second by a head in the September 29 Dash For Cash Juvenile (R) at Lone Star Park.

Ronald Martin and Randal Dees’ All Out Arrogant (FDD Dynasty-Oh So Arrogant by Chicks Beduino) made the trip from Los Alamitos in Southern California after finishing second in the August 28 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge. The Cody Joiner-trained gelding won back-to-back races at Los Alamitos before the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge.

Noel Prieto’s Brace For Bernal (Furyofthewind-Zoom Bracer by Shazoom) and Cynthia Gonzalez’s Jess Like Stoli (Stoli-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) both come off regional victories. Brace For Bernal won the September 30 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge by a half length at 30-1 odds while Jess Like Stoli won the October 14 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge by a scant nose at nearly 3-1 odds.

Official entries for the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) will be taken and post positions will be drawn on Wednesday for the October 27 race.