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Kansas Morning Takes Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge

Longshot breaks maiden and earns a berth in the Challenge Championships.

August 3, 2013

Burly Jenkins’ homebred Kansas Morning picked an opportune time to win his maiden when he prevailed over Leesa Gone Wild in the $54,720 John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge (G3) on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The win earned Kansas Morning a berth in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) on November 9 at Los Alamitos.

The Cody Jensen-ridden Kansas Morning was timed in :17.489 for the 350 yards.

A son of FDD Dynasty, Kansas Morning battled with Leesa Gone Wild for the last half of the race before prevailing by a nose. It was one-half length back to third-place runner Devil Wears Prada B.

The Mike Joiner-trained Kansas Morning was overlooked at 15-1 odds after finishing third in his trial with the eighth-fastest qualifying time. In his first three starts, he was off the board in his West Texas Futurity (G1) trial and his Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial. He then finished a very close third, beaten by a nose, in a Ruidoso Downs maiden race.

Race favorite Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle was after her fifth-straight win but lost all chance when she reared in the starting gate just when the gate opened. Her four wins included the Four Corners Futurity (G3).

Three horses were scratched from the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge to point at the trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity on August 15-16. They were fastest qualifier and Sam Houston Futurity (G2) winner Especially Tres, Ruidoso Futurity runner-up You N How Many More and J Bar, who won his John Deere Ruidoso Challenge trial by 1 1/2 lengths.