SS Paydirt Near-Perfect in John Deere Challenge

SS Paydirt headlines John Deere Challenge Championship.

Q-Racing Journal
November 6, 2013

Richard Frandsen’s SS Paydirt, whose only defeat was through disqualification, brings that near-perfect record into the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2).

SS Paydirt (Carters Cartel-Mia Ta Fame by Dash Ta Fame) has four wins and that disqualification from first to fourth in the Bitterroot Futurity (RG3). He was sensational at Les Bois Park and then won his All American Futurity (G1) trial after being supplemented to the trials at a cost of $50,000.

At Les Bois, SS Paydirt gained attention when he won his maiden in his Bitterroot Futurity trial by 1 3/4 lengths, with an impressive :17.352 time for the 350 yards. He then finished first in the finals by a length as the 6-5 choice before being disqualified.

The Blaine Hadley-trained SS Paydirt returned in stellar form in the John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge trial when he rolled to a 3-length win and then battled to a neck win in the finals. He was the odds-on choice in each of those starts.

SS Paydirt also fought in his All American Futurity trial when he won by a game head, but his :21.626 time was not fastest enough to qualify for the final.

Paul Jones and Chad Richard’s Make A Wish For Me (Brookstone Bay-Asyouwish by Separatist) should be very dangerous and could gain favoritism. The gelding is 3-for-4, all at Los Alamitos. His only defeat was by a head in his trial to the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge. He came back for trainer Jones to hold on for a nose win in the finals and earn his way into the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship.

Jim Walker’s homebred Time For Jesse Lee (Mr Jesse Lee-Time For Noble by Mescallero Chick) was second by a nose behind Make A Wish For Me in the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge. He then returned to win by 1 1/4 lengths as the 1-5 favorite in his Wild West Futurity trial and was second in the Wild West Futurity behind 40-1 outsider All Guns Firing.

Jose Espinosa’s The Kat In The Hat (Red Oak Special-Lets Roll Cat by Takin On The Cash) earned his way into the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship with a win in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) by half a length back in May. He now has the advantage of an out at Los Alamitos for trainer Trey Wood. The gelding raced in close quarters and finished third in the $35,000 Autumn Handicap as the 5-2 favorite.

Wood will also saddle Turner Farms and Tommie Turner’s Leesa Gone Wild (Corona Cartel-First Prize Leesa by Mr Jess Perry) when she makes her Los Alamitos debut. She will be making her first start since she was second by a head-bobbing nose in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge back in early August.