Regional John Deere Juvenile Challenge Trials Set for California, Canada

Los Alamitos, Evergreen Park to host trials on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Two sets of regional John Deere Juvenile Challenge trials, one in California and the other in Canada, will be contested on Saturday.

A total of 28 2-year-olds has been entered in Saturday's 350-yard John Deere California Juvenile Challenge trials at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the August 19, $30,000-added final.

A pair of Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) finalists, Sc Vapor Trail and Apollitical Stone, will start in Saturday's trials. Sc Vapor trail drew the rail post and will be ridden by Jesus Ayala for owner Reliance Ranches LLC and trainer Mike Robbins in the first of four heats. Sc Vapor Trail is a homebred daughter of Corona Cartel and champion Spit Curl Diva who has earned $54,153 from five outs. The filly is coming off of a sixth-place finish in the Ed Burke Million.

Apollitical Stone overcame a less-than-ideal start to finish ffourth in the Ed Burke Million. Racing for Steve Mickaelian and trainer Jose Flores, the Oklahoma-bred gelding by 2010 world champion Apollitical Jess has won one of three starts and has banked $70,975. Apollitical Stone will be ridden by Cruz Mendez from post 7 in the third trial.

Roman Figueroa, a winner of 912 Quarter Horse races as a jockey at Los Alamitos, is now embarking on a second career as a trainer. Figueroa will send out Twisted Sifter for owner Ronnie Brooks Keller in the third heat.

A bay son of champion Fdd Deynasty, Twisted Sifter will be seeking his first win on Saturday.

"I've watched him in the mornings, and he looks to be one of those horses that is always willing to put up a fight,” said Figueroa of Twisted Sifter. “He has a special spirit about him. My wife, Brenda, and I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to be training him."

John Deere Grande Prairie Juvenile Challenge Trials
Stole An Encore, an Oklahoma-bred daughter of Ivory James owned by Ralph Danard and Carrie Suitor, is one of 15 2-year-olds entered in Saturday's John Deere Grand Prairie Juvenile Challenge trials at Evergreen Park.

Trained by Laurie Ferguson, Stole An Encore has earned $3,126 from just two outs. The filly is coming off of a fourth-place finish in the 300-yard, $23,000 Jerry Stojan Futurity on July 23.

Stole An Encore drew post 5 and will be ridden by Martin Ortiz in the first of two 350-yard trials.

The fastest qualifiers will meet in the $18,500-added final on August 20.

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