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JB James Heads Black Gold

JB James goes for four in Black Gold Div. 2 Futurity.

September 7, 2012

Fastest-qualifier JB James shoots for his fourth win from five starts in the $100,000 Black Gold Division II Futurity during a stakes tripleheader at Will Rogers Downs on Saturday.

Also on the card is the $65,388 Kansas Jackpot Futurity and the $20,000 Don Steele Stakes.

Bella Vista Farms’ JB James (Ivory James-Deans Dusty Bunny by Dean Miracle) should gain favoritism with his sole career defeat a fifth-place finish in the $75,000 Heritage Place Juvenile (R). He had a two-month freshening after that defeat and came back to win his Black Gold trial by an easy 1 1/4 lengths, with a :16.647 time for the 330 yards, the fastest time from 11 trials.

J and B Rental’s homebred Mapricel (PYC Paint Your Wagon-A Chic Dash by Chicks Beduino) ran the best race of his four-race career in his trial. After being off the board in three previous starts, he stepped forward with a length trial win in :16.682 for trainer Kevin Willis.

Third-fastest qualifier Colby Cartel (Teller Cartel-Show Me The Wire by Special Effort) raced to an impressive 2 1/4-length trial win for owners Ben Bottom, Ed Cersovski and Gregg Sanders. He was timed in :16.724 for his second win from four starts.

In the Kansas Jackpot Futurity, David Richardson’s Breathless Moment (Designated Driver-EJ Ms Vital Lady by Vital Sign) could be a filly with a future after setting the fastest qualifying time in her career debut. The Jake Eck-trained filly won her trial by a nose in :18.066.

Right behind Breathless Moment is second-fastest qualifier Bay Volay (Volcom-Jazzing Cheree by Jazzing Hi). Racing for breeder P.K. Thomas, she is a maiden after three starts with a pair of second-place runs.

In The Don Steele Memorial for 3-year-olds, James Sills and Gerald Swindell’s PYC Cash (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Wallstreet Darlin by Bully Bullion) boasts the stakes credentials to thrive at this level. He comes off a third-place run in the Speedhorse Derby (G3) and was a troubled third in the Mr Master Bug Handicap (R) earlier this year at Remington Park.

At 2, the gelding qualified for the $1,029,950 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and the $426,624 Black Gold Championship (RG3).

Pine Ridge Farm’s Trick On The Run (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Trickie Lassie by Takin On The Cash) makes his first appearance since racing to a third-place finish in the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Derby (R) at Fair Meadows on June 30.