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John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship

Jay Number 7 is prompt favorite in Saturday's Grade 2, $130,625 stakes.

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Jay Number 7, a homebred son of Im A Fancy PYC owned by Dustin R. Cox, extended his win streak to three in Saturday’s 350-yard, $130,625 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Jose Vega for trainer Eddie Willis, Jay Number 7 defeated Rrelentless by a head in :17.516. Sent to post as the 11-10 favorite in the full field of 10, the brown Oklahoma-bred gelding returned a $4.20 win mutuel while banking the $60,088 winner’s share of the purse from his first-ever start in New Mexico.

Jay Number 7 is out of First Ginlark, a 7-year-old daughter of the First Down Dash stallion My First Moon who won the 2014 Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge Stakes in Oklahoma. The gelding has won six of nine starts, including two stakes, and he has banked $185,031.

Jay Number 7’s record includes a third-place finish in the 330-yard, $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds on April 20, and he was a finalist in the June 1, $1,073,100 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.

Valiant Lota ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Jay Number 7. Rusty Blood GL, PYC Lovestruck, Sables Dashin, Thrill Of The Cartel, Pollitical Blood, Divas First Moon, and Sweet Wild Time completed the official order of finish.

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