Desdemona Rambler Tops Retama Juvenile Trials

Grade 2-placed colt tops trials for Retama Juvenile Challenge.

Quarter Racing Journal

Desdemona Rambler. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Dan Grube's homebred Desdemona Rambler ran to form in his trial to the $75,870 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge, to be held on August 13.

The Tempting Dash colt was saddled by trainer Brian Stroud, who also saddled Adequan Retama Derby Challenge top-qualifier Tellereyematthebar later on the card, and ridden by Juan F. Garcia.

Desdemona Rambler ran to his 2-5 favorite form, clocking :17.866 over the 350-yard distance and finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of a late-charging Borger Boy, who also qualified. 

Desdemona Rambler is out of the Fredricksburg mare Kritters Effort, is now 2-for-4 in his career, including a third-place finish in Just Call Me Carter's $540,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2). He has earned $64,000.

Shez Freaky was the next fastest qualifier, coming out of the fifth trial, with a time of :18.107. She was ridden by Esgar Ramirez for trainer Rolondo Almanza and owner Mario Lozano-Cantu. Previously in her career, she was fifth in Duponte's Harrah's Entertainment Futurity (G3) and seventh in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3).

See the complete list of qualifiers at

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