Q-Racing Blog: Who Are These Horses?
Find out more about the year's most precocious 2-year-olds.
By Ty Wyant | May 3, 2018
Quarter Racing Journal
The year’s first national poll for 2-year-olds has been announced and here are the names of 10 ranked juveniles. But, who are these horses?
The 2-year-olds have been racing for about two months and these are prospects that have shown precocity. There will be more 2-year-olds to surface in upcoming training races, as well as the major futurity trails approaching fast.
This poll, which includes six fillies, is the first insight into the juvenile crop.
1-Lynnder 16 (Apollitical Jess-Tinys Corona Queen by Corona Cartel)
Tom Maher and Dick Tobin’s Lynnder 16 gained much attention in her first start when she won her trial to the $864,500 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity (RG2) trial by 2 lengths. The Jason Olmstead-trained filly then showed her class by dueling to a head win in the 330-yard finals and push her earnings to $354,746.
2-Long Wagon Ho (PYC Paint Your Wagon-The Long Straw by Strawfly Special)
The Julio Corral-owned and -trained Long Wagon Ho finished well to win his $371,200 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) trial by a decisive three-quarters of a length. He then had to fight in the finals. He had a troubled start in the Oklahoma Futurity, however showed his courage to rally for a nose win.
3-Suze Returns (High Rate Of Return-Brown Eye Suze by Mr Eye Opener)
Joe Rios’ Suze Returns is a filly to watch in New Mexico. The Juan Gonzalez-trained filly sparkled with a 2 1/4-length win in her trial to the $269,528 West Texas Futurity (G2) and maintained that form as the 5-2 favorite in the finals when she won by a neck.
4-Zee James (Jesse James Jr-On A Bunny by On A High)
Owned by breeder Robert Driggers with Ben Lee Ivey, Zee James has only competed against New Mexico-bred competition and has shown taking on open horses could be in her future. The half-sister to All American Futurity runner-up Gun Battle was the fastest qualifier after winning her trial to the $396,412 New Mexico Spring Futurity (RG2) and moved forward in the finals to surge for a neck win at 300 yards as the 7-5 favorite.
5-Guidry Pride II (Sir Runaway Dash-Guidrys Boodies Doo by Panther Mountain)
Edmindo Juarez’s Guidry Pride II got off to a quick start and was second by a nose in his Mardi Gras Futurity trial to reach the finals. The Wendy Garcia-trained colt stepped up to take the $294,942 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) after being bumped at the start and then rallying for the neck win.
6-Jess Let It B (Valiant Hero-Jess B Mighty by Mr Jess Perry)
Homer Hill’s Jess Let It B may still be a maiden after two starts, however she has earned $148,585 and has a bright future. The Eddie Willis-trained filly was third in her Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity trial and then improved to finish a close second in the finals at 11-1 odds.
7-Reggies Bailbond (High Rate Of Return-Landaluce by Southern Cartel)
Bret Pevehouse’s homebred Reggies Bailbond won his Oklahoma Futurity trial in his debut and then was beaten by only a nose in the finals. He came back in the Laico Bird Stakes for Oklahoma-breds and finished a close fourth – beaten by a neck – as the 17-10 favorite.
8-Temptingsecretfly (Tempting Dash-Belle Of The Cartel by Corona Cartel)
Jose Guzman’s Temptingsecretfly filled out the trifecta in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity when she made a late run and was third by a neck. The filly started her career with a second-place run in her Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity trial.
9-Jeaniologi (Dominyun-All In The Jeans by Corona Cartel)
Bella Vista Farms’ Jeaniologi kept the popularity of the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity finishers intact in the poll. The Willis-trained filly took a Remington Park maiden race at first asking and then was second as the favorite in her Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity trial. She was in the fight in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity, however settled for fourth by one-half length.
10-All Sophia Wanted (Five Bar Cartel-All I Ever Wanted by First Down Dash)
Sunset Well Service Inc.’s All Sophia Wanted is the second horse out of the West Texas Futurity in the poll. The Michael Chavez-trained filly was fractious in her West Texas Futurity trial, yet still managed to win by a head. She was in the fight for the win in the West Texas Futurity and settled for second by a neck.
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