A Plain Brown Rapper Wins John Deere Juvenile Challenge

November 19, 2010

Jockey Larry Payne guided A Plain Brown Rapper to a neck victory in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2), outrunning Fast Movin Vic to notch his first graded stakes victory.

A Plain Brown Rapper was trained by William Harris for Toni and Lloyd Yother of Cave Creek, Arizona. The 2-year-old gelding is a homebred by A Regal Choice out of the Corona Cartel mare Belles A Lady. He covered the 350 yards in :17.581, earning a 104 speed index.

“It was a little bit of a slow start, and the eight horse came out and bumped us a bit,” Payne said. “We got about a half-length back, but he really accelerated and was just on cruise mode at the end.”

A Plain Brown Rapper notched his fourth victory in five starts, and his second stakes win. In his last out, he won the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge by an impressive 2 1/4 lengths. His earnings are now $96,035.

“He’s had four outs, he’s won three of them and he's won them pretty handily so we were hoping (for a victory),” said owner Lloyd Yother. “He’s been a nice horse. He moved well in the pasture as a baby. He looked like the real thing.”

Fast Movin Vic nosed a late-charging favorite Loose Perry for third. They were followed by Gols Honey Money Pop, Feature My Lover B, Lajolla Famosa, Mystical Ocean B, Unknown Source, Howdoyoulikemesofar and Gossipaboutthis.

“They never gave me a chance to get settled,” said Edgar Ramirez, who was aboard the favorite. “They put me in the gate, they opened the gate and we lost two lengths at the start. He ran a super race. I think he could have won if he would have had a chance to break better.”

A Plain Brown Rapper is one of seven stakes winners by third-crop sire A Regal Choice. He is the first stakes winner for his dam.

“We felt pretty confident,” said his trainer. “We believed in ‘Rapper’ all along, since (owner) Lloyd (Yother) raised him as a baby. We had him picked out from the very beginning, and he's not let us down.”

“We’re going to run him in some derbies,” said Yother. “We’ll just figure out what our options are. He's sound right now, knock on wood, and hopefully he’ll remain that way and we’ll have a good 3-year-old.”