Jess Lika Blair Takes NCQHRA Futurity

South Dakota-bred picks up first career stakes win at Canterbury Park.

August 5, 2012

Jess Lika Blair, with Tom Wellington aboard, won the $40,400 North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity (R) on Sunday at Canterbury Park, holding off stablemates Hastabealeader and Dash Ta Ozona. The top three are all trained by Bob Johnson.

Jess Lika Blair broke well from the inside post, while Hastabealeader and Clyde Smith were jostled in the middle of the pack. They recovered and challenged the winner nearing the wire but fell short. Jess Lika Blair finished a head in front, covering the 350 yards in :18.264. Dash Ta Ozona was a fast-closing third, finishing just a neck behind. Jess Lika Blair returned $6.80 to win.

“Clyde thought he won it,” Wellington said. “I let him think that. I didn’t comment.”

Jess Lika Blair is owned and was bred by Alan Ham of Piedmont, South Dakota. The gelding by Call Me Corona broke his maiden in the trials and has now earned $25,320.

“He’s a nice horse,” Johnson said. “I thought the four (Hastabealeader) would be the horse to beat. Clyde had his choice of mounts. If he doesn’t get pin-balled maybe it turns out different. Jess Lika Blair always seems to draw the rail so that was the perfect place for him today.”

The field of 10 was diminished to six when Atsi Hero and V Os Red Hot Cole were scratched before the program began. Traffic Patrol was scratched in the post parade and Girls Don’t Seis was scratched at the gate.