John Deere Texas Juvenile Trials Draw 62 Entries

Recent winners Black Onyx and Ivory Noche return Friday at Sam Houston Race Park.

Friday's John Deere Texas Juvenile trials at Sam Houston Race Park have drawn 62 2-year-olds.

Recent maiden winners Black Onyx and Ivory Noche are among the 62 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 350-yard John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Black Onyx is a gelded son of Rock Solid Jess trained by Angel Sanchez for owner Holly Hooper. Black Onyx made his career debut with a three-quarter length victory in a 250-yard, $7,600 maiden-special-weight dash for Texas-breds at Sam Houston on March 31.

Black Onyx drew post 7 and will be ridden by Jose I. Martinez in the first of seven trials.

Ivory Noche races for K & W Land and Cattle Co. from the barn of trainer Brian Stroud. A sorrel son of Ivory James, the gelding is coming off of a wire-to-wire, one-length win in a 350-yard, $7,600 maiden-special-weight sprint at Houston on April 15.

Juan F. Garcia Jr. will ride Ivory Noche from post 5 in the seventh heat.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the May 20, $35,000-added John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge final.

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