'Make A Wish' Comes True in John Deere Los Al Challenge

Gallant Mystic also earns berth in Bank of America Challenge Championships.

August 25, 2013

Owned and bred by Paul Jones and Chad Richard, Make A Wish For Me held off Jim Walker’s Time For Jesse Lee by a nose in the $43,349 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge for 2-year-olds to improve his lifetime record to three wins in four starts on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Make A Wish For Me led from start to finish after a terrific break that saw the Brookstone Bay gelding open up a half-length victory. Time For Jesse Lee, who was second throughout, came flying in the final 100 yards and nearly caught the leader at the wire. Make A Wish For Me covered the 350 yards in :17.566 and has now earned a berth to the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) to be held on Saturday, November 9, at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Jones, Make A Wish For Me is named in memory of Emmanuel Curiel, the young racing fan who visited Los Alamitos Race Course in 2011 through the Make A Wish Foundation. Curiel, who was battling cancer, passed away just one month after his visit to Los Alamitos. He was 17 years old. Make A Wish For Me won his first two career starts before finishing second to Time For Jesse Lee in the trials. Out of the Separatist mare Asyouwish, the New Mexico-bred runner earned $20,452 for the win.

Trained by Monty Arrossa and ridden by Jay Conklin, Time For Jesse Lee earned $8,892 for finishing second. The precocious gelding by Mr Jesse Lee has won five of eight outings. His wins included two at the Gem County Fair in Idaho, two at Les Bois Park also in Idaho and his trial win at Los Alamitos.

Porfirio Carrasco’s Tres Magicals earned $4,446 for finishing third. He was ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Jose De La Torre. The filly by Tres Seis posted a daylight victory in the trials and she’s now finished in the money in all five of her career starts. Jagger BR, Six Times Royal, Avatarr, Hes Chillin and KR Paddy Wagon completed the field.


Moonshine Racing’s Gallant Mystic scored a half-length victory in the $16,200 Zoetis Los Alamitos Starter Allowance Challenge to earn a spot in the finals of this event on Bank of America Challenge Championship Night. Also piloted by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Cody Joiner, Gallant Mystic was recording his sixth career victory in 23 starts. The Separatist gelding earned $8,424 for this effort and $48,772 total. He came into this race after scoring a two-length victory at Sandy Downs in Idaho Falls and a second place finish at Les Bois Park. Rancho El Cabresto’s Harvest The Wind finished second and was followed across the wire by Quarter Moon Action, Check Out Liz and Infinity Bryan.