Kindergarten Winner Returns in John Deere California Juvenile Challenge Trials

One Proud Eagle is one of 26 2-year-olds entered in Saturday's trials at Los Alamitos

Q-Racing Journal

One Proud Eagle, pictured here returning to the winner's circle after his Kindergarten Futurity win, will make his next start in the second of three John Deere California Juvenile Challenge trials on Sunday. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Ron Hartley's One Proud Eagle, a homebred gray son of One Famous Eagle, is one of 26 2-year-olds entered in Saturday's 350-yard John Deere California Juvenile Challenge trials at Los Alamitos.

One Proud Eagle will be making his first start since May 15, when the gelding scored a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the 300-yard, $428,000 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3). An earner of $183,066 from three outs, One Proud Eagle drew the rail post and will be ridden by Tony Guymon for trainer John Cooper in the second of three trials.

Other stakes-winning juvenile entered in Saturday's trials include Bannister, an Oklahoma-bred son of Maknmoves trained by Monty Arrossa for owners Denny and Sandy Weigt. A $6,200 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the chestnut gelding has banked $34,715 from four outs, and his three wins include a 1 1/4-length victory in the May 20, $69,000 Beehive Futurity at Weber Downs in Ogden, Utah.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $25,000-added John Deere California Juvenile Challenge on August 20.

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