Maxx, BM Casina Royale Take Monday Challenge Races at Houston

The sprinters both earn berths in this year's Bank of America Challenge Championships in California.

Q-Racing Journal

Maxx broke his maiden with a victory in Monday's John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Third-fastest qualifier Maxx, a son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Irma Z. Vargas, broke his maiden in Monday’s $69,390 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Rolando Almanza, Maxx defeated fastest qualifier and 11-10 favorite Teardrops At The Bar by a neck in :17.502 for 350 yards. In addition to earning the winner’s share of the purse from his first career win, the brown colt earned a berth in the October 29, $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

“He broke great today, got out in front and stayed there,” said Almanza. “We knew he could run, and everything worked out.”

Almanza also qualified Shez Freaky, a filly owned by Mario Lozano-Cantu and the seventh-fastest qualifier.

“We had a lot of faith in her, but also in Maxx,” the trainer added. “He ran a little funny in the trials, so we made some changes and it seemed to make a big difference.”

Maxx was bred in Oklahoma by Jim Gubas. The colt has earned $32,519 from two outs.

Maxx is out of the Bully Bullion mare Bullions N Garters, a 15-year-old Oklahoma-bred who was a multiple graded stakes winner at Prairie Meadows and Fair Meadows at Tulsa from 2004-07.

Jayronimo, Gustafame, Pool Runner, Chase The Rainstorm, Shez Freaky, Wishing Rock, Mulliner, and R Imperial Princess completed the official order of finish.

Also on Monday, Bobby W. Myers’ BM Casina Royale, the second-fastest qualifier, sprinted to a 1 1/4-length win in the 400-yard, $44,640 Adequan Texas Derby Challenge Stakes.

Prepped by Judd Kearl, BM Casina Royal stopped the timer in :19.700 and earned a 106 speed index under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo. The $20,534 winner’s share of the purse from the homebred filly’s fifth win in 11 races pushed her bankroll to $47,943.

BM Casina Royal earned her first
stakes win Monday at Sam
Houston Race Park.  PHOTO:
Coady Photography

BM Casina Royale earned a berth in the 400-yard, $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos in October. The filly’s sire, Pyc Paint Your Wagon, is a multiple Grade 1-winning son of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel.

BM Casina Royales’ dam, Joyalty, is a 16-year-old multiple stakes placed daughter of Royal Shake Em.

“She’s a super filly; she tries her guts out every time,” said Kearl of BM Casina Royale. “She was stakes placed, but (today she) finally got her first stakes win. She comes from a good family. Everything that mare produces can run.”

Mazzimo finished second and was followed officially by Sr Esmeralda, fastest qualifier Brookside, Juanny Futbol, Swifter Deal, Love Is Great, Mad Max Cartel, and Moonraker Thoughts.

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