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Samaja Legacy Shines in Juvenile Trials

Samaja-breds headline John Deere California Juvenile Challenge.

August 9, 2012

The late, great Brazilian breeder and owner Gianni Samaja would have loved the trials to the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night. Samaja’s legacy of breeding outstanding Quarter Horses will be on display in these 350-yard trials, as Joy Roses Eagle SA, Jabuti Eagle SA and Jolly First Toll SA will each carry Samaja’s yellow and black silks in their respective heats. Twenty-eight horses will compete in a total of three trials. The horses with the 10 fastest times will return to action for the final on Saturday, August 25.

Joy Roses Eagle SA is the marquee runner in all of the trials, as the daughter of the outstanding freshman stallion One Famous Eagle will enter this race after finishing third in the $1,041,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) on June 24. Trained by Paul Jones, Joy Roses Eagle SA had previously won her futurity trial by three-quarters of a length and going back to the Spring she had posted several eye-opening workouts. Joy Roses Eagle SA will start from post seven in the seventh race on Saturday.

Also sired by One Famous Eagle and trained by Jones, the colt Jabuti Eagle SA posted a hard-fought head victory over the game Perrys Affair in their lone outing back on June 15. The two hook up again in the second trial and the race figures to be as close as their first encounter. The final trial and race on Saturday is a completely wide open encounter featuring nine 2-year-olds. Jolly First Toll SA has finished in the money in three of her five career starts and will now battle it out with Juan Humberto Moya’s Eye Dash On, who posted a 1 1/4 length victory to break his maiden on July 20. Brenda and Harvey Pickens’ Heza Dynasty, a winner in his last two starts while racing at Les Bois Park, and AQRA Spring Futurity runner-up Tahma Hawk Chop also figure to contend.