John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge Trials Draw 52 2-Year-Olds

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the July 29, $59,850 final.

Q-Racing Journal

Friday's 10-race program at Ruidoso Downs will be dominated by six 350-yard John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trials.

Best Behavior, a brown daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Jess Lips racing for Norma Blazer, is one of 54 2-year-olds entered in Friday's 350-yard John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the July 29, $59,850 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge final. The winner of this race will earn a starting berth in the $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows on October 14.

Best Behavior will be making her first-ever start at Ruidoso in the second of six heats. An $8,500 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the filly is out of Cruzin The Wagon, an 8-year-old daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon who won the 2011 Valley Junction Futurity (G3) at Prairie Meadows and Northlands Futurity (G3) at Canterbury Park. Best Behavior has won two of three starts and has banked $27,414, and her resume includes a fourth-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Weetonas Lafawn, in the 330-yard, $100,000 Remington Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park.

The 9-5 morning-line favorite in the second trial, Best Behavior will be ridden by Omar Reyes for trainer Clint Crawford.

Nsm Strong Heart, a homebred filly by Pyc Paint Your Wagon campaigned by Nancy McCoy, will also be making her first-ever start at Ruidoso off of a Remington Park spring campaign. Nsm Strong Heart broke her maiden with a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length victory in a 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trial on May 12.

Nsm Strong Heart drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jorge Torres for trainer Charley Hunt in the first trial.

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