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Juvenile Championship

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2013 Winner - Raising Kain

Down N Dash-Smooth Money Raiser by Smooth Bravado
Owner/Breeder - Pete A. Scarmardo
Trainer - Trey Wood
Jockey - Francisco Calderon
Time - :17.406 (SI-94)

Raising Kain Shocks Field in John Deere Challenge

Horses cannot read the program or the toteboard, and that was proven once again in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos on Saturday as Raising Kain scored a 29-1 upset with a one-length victory. Making his first start outside of Texas and Louisiana, Raising Kain returned $61.20 for a $2 win bet after dashing 350 yards in :17.406 with Francisco Calderon up for trainer Trey Wood. The Texas-bred gelding by Down N Dash is owned by Pete Scarmardo and was bred by his wife, Jo.

Although his odds were long, Raising Kain had shown plenty of talent with a record of 6-2-1-2 coming into the John Deere, including a win in the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge. The gelding was trained in Texas by Leon Bard and moved to Trey Wood’s barn in California.

“They were having trouble in the gates with the 2 horse,” said Paul Leal, assistant to Wood about the extended loading process. “My 1 horse (The Kat In The Hat) was in there a long time, and I think that’s what got him. We had two other bullets in there. Raising Kain was second to last to load and he left there running. He didn’t look back and when they do it like that they make it easy. He ran an excellent race. Thanks to Leon Bard back at home. This is his horse and we are just helping him out. He told me everything about the horse and we did exactly what he wanted us to do.”

The victory, which pushed Raising Kain’s bankroll to $99,113, was extra sweet for the Scarmardos, as they own the stallion Down N Dash and also Raising Kain’s dam Smooth Money Raiser, a daughter of Smooth Bravado who had little success as a racehorse but performed well as a barrel racer.

Jim Walker’s homebred Time For Jesse Lee, an Idaho-bred son of Mr Jesse Lee, closed to take second with the Corona Cartel filly Leesa Gone Wild, a Ruidoso Downs shipper trained also trained by Wood, crossing the wire third.

Stakes History

Year      Horse              Owner              Trainer          Jockey          Purse         
2013
Raising Kain
Pete A. Scarmardo
Trey Wood
Francisco Calderon
$150,000
2012
Heroes Heart
Horton Racing LLC
Charleton Hunt
Stormy Smith
$150,000
2011 Shez Jess Toxic Dean Frey Dean Frey Cody Jensen $150,000
2010  A Plain Brown Rapper      Toni and Lloyd Yother      William Harris      Larry Payne  $150,000 
2009  Hoist Mission  Michael W. Isom  Blane Schvaneveldt      Zacharie Kelsey      $150,000 
2008  Unbridled Jet  Gerardo Nunez  Jose R. Gonzalez  Alonso Rivera  $150,000 
2007  Three Green Leaves  J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley      Paul Jones  Cody Jensen  $150,000 
2006  Remember Me Rose  Azoom LP  Ben Torres  Esgar Ramirez  $150,000 
2005  Canosa  4G Racing  Bill Hoburg  Hector Cuevas  $150,000 
2004  Dash On A Mission  Mr. and Mrs. Judd Morse  Dennis Ekins  Alex Bautista  $150,000 
2003  Willie Works  Reed Pierson and Brad Stevenson  Blane Schvaneveldt  Rodrigo Aceves  $150,000 
2002  Classic Sassy Chic  Jackie and Rod MacPherson, Jr.  Felix Gonzalez Carlos Bautista  $150,000 
2001  Ronnie Jace  Ron Keller and Ronnie Brooks  Blane Schvaneveldt Alex Bautista  $150,000
2000  Quarterloom  HSC Inc.  Guy Hopkins Ignacio Bustamante  $150,000 
1999  Shez Lethal  Ramon Camacho and Maria Ambriz  Paul Jones  Eddie Garcia  $150,000 
1998  Vital Time  Hernando G. Guerra  Bobby Martinez  Saul Ramirez  $100,000 
1997  Royal N Perfect  Mike Ivie  Mike Scudder Eddie Garcia  $100,000 
1996  Spill Perfume  John R. Booream  Russell Harris John Creager  $100,000 
1995  Heza Ramblin Man  Walter Fletcher  Jack Brooks G.R. Carter, Jr.  $100,000 
1994  RJ Not Easy  Randy Higginson  Lin Melton  Ralph Seville  $50,000 
1993  First Gray Dawn  Osvaldo R. Borunda  Blane Schvaneveldt  Jeff Williams  $55,000 

Fastest Time

Year      Horse                  Track                  Time / Speed Index 
2002  Classic Sassy Chic      Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie      :17.135 / 110 

Highest Speed Index

Year      Horse                  Track                  Time / Speed Index 
2002  Classic Sassy Chic      Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie      :17.135 / 110 

Highest Win Payoff

Year      Horse                  Track                  Odds to $1       $2 Win Price    
 1994 RJ Not Easy  Los Alamitos  39.6  $81.20

Lowest Win Payoff

Year      Horse                  Track                  Odds to $1       $2 Win Price    
1997  Royal N Perfect  Los Alamitos  $4.00