Careless Lightning Extends Win Streak in John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship

The son of American Runaway sprints to a half-length victory on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Careless Lightning bolts to his fourth straight victory in Saturday's John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Jesse M. Gibson’s Careless Lightning extended his win streak to four races in Saturday’s 350-yard, $151,500 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Lone Star Park.

Prepped by Leon Bard and ridden by Larry Payne, Careless Lightning defeated 5-2 favorite Undivided Atemption by a half of a length in :17.610. The $69,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $150,219.

“He didn’t break that sharp tonight,” said Payne. “In the early going, we were probably seventh or eighth, but he responded well when I got into him. That’s kind of the way he runs. He hasn’t broken quickly in the races I’ve ridden him in.

“His dad (American Runaway) was the same way,” he added. “I rode him in his first out at Remington when he was a 2-year-old, and he broke really tardily and made the finals of the Remington Park Futurity. This colt is a lot like him. He breaks a little tardy and finishes strong in every race I’ve ridden him in.”

Careless Lightning was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby D. Cox. The gelding’s sire, the 7-year-old Ocean Runaway stallion American Runaway, won the 2010 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and ran second in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star.

Careless Lightning has won four of his six races, and his win streak includes a victories in the June 27, 350-yard TQHA Sires Cup Futurity (RG3) and August 8, 350-yard John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge, both at Retama Park near San Antonio.

“This horse was going into the Dash For Cash Futurity trials, but he came up with a runny nose and we didn’t want to chance it,” Bard said.

For Sweet Jess, JS Abel Dasher, Bos Big Shamoon, Queen Catherine, Gone All In, Seis Me, Brabus, Pappas In The House, and Panther Hero completed the official order of finish.

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