John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship

John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship

Bad Monkey gets back into the winner's circle on Saturday.

Bad Monkey 2020 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship. Coady Photography

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Bad Monkey, a homebred Capo De Capi gelding owned and trained by Dean Frey, got back on the winning track in Saturday's Grade 2, $125,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship for 2-year-olds at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Ridden by Benito Baca and sent to post as the 9-5 choice in a field of 10, Bad Monkey covered 350 yards in :17.487, and his margin of victory was a neck from JC Wild King. The California-bred gray gelding banked $57,868 from his second graded stakes win.

Bad Monkey was coming off of a ninth-place finish, four lengths behind the winner, in the 400-yard, $364,000 Dash For Cash Futurity (G2) at Lone Star Park. The gelding is out of Girls Eye Too, a daughter of Mr Eye Opener. His second dam, the stakes-winning First Down Dash mare Docs First Card, ran second in the 1996 Kindergarten (G2) and Governor's Cup (RG2) futurities at Los Alamitos.

Bad Monkey has won four of seven starts -- including three of five at the 350 trip -- and he has earned $134,269. His summer resume included a neck victory as the 19-10 favorite in the August 15, $89,000 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) at Ruidoso Downs.

Isa Super Freak finished third and was followed by Tres A Jess, Summon, Charlies Fast Man, Louisiana Bunny, Cartel Creek, Purty Darn Quick and Flight Club.

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