Tallulah Moon Tops Retama Juvenile Challenge Trials

Corona Cartel filly was the only runner to post a time under 18 seconds.

July 27, 2014

Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP's Tallulah Moon posted an impressive 1¼-length trial victory Saturday night to post the top qualifying time for the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge at the track near San Antonio.

The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the 79 Bank of America Racing Challenge enrolled 2-year-olds who participated in nine trial races, will return Retama on Saturday, August 9, and vie for the winner's share of the $25,000-added purse. Also at stake will be an invite to the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) to be run October 18 at Prairie Meadows.

Coming off a disappointing effort when she hesitated in the Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs on July 4, Tallulah Moon bounced back off that race to clock the top qualifying mark of :17.984 seconds against a 22 mph headwind. The Mike Robbins trainee was the only 2-year-old to break the 18 second barrier on Saturday night.

Jose Alvarez had the riding assignment aboard the Corona Cartel filly from the Mr Jess Perry mare Splendifferous. The filly, who was bred in Texas by James Markum, was purchased for $77,000 at the 2013 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale from Julianna Hawn Holt.

Freakin Runaway, another Ruidoso Sale graduate, won the seventh trial to post the second-fastest time of :18.078 seconds. Runner-up to Million Dollar Kiss in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge in his last start, the Ocean Runaway gelding races for owner Michael Amburn. Guy Hopkins conditions the $30,000 purchase out of Streakin Freakin, by Streakin La Jolla. Luis Ramirez had the riding call.

For the complete list of John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

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