'Margaritas' Fastest in John Deere Les Bois Trials
Corona Czech gelding puts up top time for July 6 final at Idaho track.
June 24, 2012
Robert Hickman's Margaritas N Coronas raced to the fastest qualifying time in a trial that produced half the field for the John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge at Les Bois Park on Saturday evening.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from the seven trial races contested on Saturday’s card will return to the Northwest raceway on July 6 to vie for the winner's share of a $22,500-added purse and an invite to the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.
Under jockey Paul Greene, Margaritas N Coronas defeated The Midnite Caller by a half-length in the fifth trial. The Corona Czech gelding's time of :17.513, a 104 speed index, was the fastest of the night at 350 yards. The Bret Vickery trainee is 2-1-1 in four starts this season. Gregory and Renee Hickman bred the sorrel in Washington state from the Strawfly Special mare Fly Margarita.
Five qualifiers, including the top three, came out of the fifth trial.
The Midnite Caller posted the second-fastest time of :17.579, a 103 speed index, for owners Jerry and Marta Loveland and Laura Southworth. It was the second career start and best finish for the A Regal Choice gelding out of Cee The Blurr, by Murrtheblurr (TB). The homebred is trained by Brent Bowman and was ridden by Tony Guymon.
A head back in the show position with the third-fastest time of :17.595, a 102 speed index, was Oscar Jaime Diaz' Ms Eaves. Rodney Hyde trains the Tres Seis filly out of the Chicks Beduino mare Little Ms Tuff Stuff. Christine Hudson bred Ms Eaves in Texas. Joe Crispin was in the saddle.
Spackman Racing and Larry Chapple's Jess Bet won the final trial in :17.602, a 102 speed index, for the fourth-fastest time. Sired by first-crop sire Swingin Jess, the gelding is trained by Lin Melton and ridden by Nate Smith. It was the first win in three starts for the 2-year-old that finished third earlier this season in a futurity consolation at Dixie Downs. Steve Burns, DVM, bred Jess Bet in California from the Sum Fun To Bet mare Miss Kittys Bar Bet.
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