Jones Pair Dangerous in Wild West

Intermountain horses shine in Wild West Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
October 24, 2013

Trainer Paul Jones sends out two of the top three qualifiers – Smoothe Movin Chic and Beaus Wagon – in the $128,100 Wild West Futurity on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

The Wild West Futurity is for horses started in the Intermountain region, Northwest and Canada.

Steve McIntyre’s Smoothe Movin Chic (Makenmoves-Catcha Special Chic by Special Effort) finished a troubled sixth in The Plan Handicap on September 7, his first start at Los Alamitos and for Jones. He then moved forward in his Wild West Futurity trial when he pulled away in the first of four trials to win by 1 3/4 lengths. His time of :17.556 topped the qualifiers’ list.

Tom Bradbury and Vaughn Cook’s Beaus Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Fontana Beaujolais by Moon Lark) made her first start for Jones when she won her trial in her local debut. The filly burst to the lead and held her rivals safe by a length with the third-fastest qualifying time while winning her maiden.

Jim Walker’s homebred Time For Jesse Lee (Mr Jesse Lee-Time For Noble by Mescallero Chick) could gain the favorite’s role after winning six of nine starts, with a pair of second-place runs, primarily in Idaho. The Monty Arrosa-trained gelding was second by a neck in the John Deere Les Bois Park Juvenile Challenge and then second by a nose in the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge.

Time For Jesse Lee is scheduled to follow the Wild West Futurity with a start in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) on November 9.