Juvenile Stars out in Southwest

Top freshman line up in Southwest Juvenile.

Q-Racing Journal
November 27, 2013

Two of the top three finishers in the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) – Houdini and Skuze Pleeze – return to New Mexico to head the $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) on Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

The field of seven 2-year-olds also includes $1,075,000 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Big Biz Perry and $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) runner-up You N How Many More, who is coming off a win in the $275,000 Hobbs America Futurity (G2).

Ellen Kennedy Living Trust’s Houdini (Valiant Hero-Pure Oklahoma by Takin On The Cash) is on the short list of top-tier 2-year-olds who have not won a stakes race.

The gelding has excelled against the best competition at Remington Park, Ruidoso Downs and Lone Star Park all year long. The Luis Villafranco trainee was second by a nose in the $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) in April, capped his summer by qualifying for the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs and comes off his second-place run in the Texas Classic Futurity.

Houdini has earned $424,874 with five wins and two seconds from eight starts. His wins came in a maiden race and four trials for major futurities.

Joe Mills’ homebred Skuze Pleeze (Dashin Bye-Sixy Hemp by Sixarun) was nosed out by Houdini for second in the Texas Classic Futurity and settled for third.

Skuze Pleeze started his career with three wins at Remington Park, capped by a daylight win over Oklahoma-breds in the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3). The Tana Pace-trained gelding stepped up in competition at Ruidoso Downs by qualifying and finishing fifth in the All American Futurity.

Jose Espinosa’s Big Biz Perry (Mr Jess Perry-Big Bizooms by Shazoom) is the sixth-ranked horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll. She represents the hot Trey Wood stable and comes off a troubled eighth-place finish in the Texas Classic Futurity. The filly moved to the upper echelon of the 2-year-old division last spring at Remington Park when she won her Heritage Place Futurity trial by 2 lengths and then fought to a head win in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) over eventual All American Futurity finalists Hes Relentless and Wagon Tales.

Big Biz Perry was pointed at the All American Futurity and won her All American Futurity trial by one-half length, however her time of :21.362 for 440 yards was not fast enough to qualify for the Labor Day finale.

The filly was rested and surfaced in the Texas Classic Futurity trials. She was second in her trial behind the stakes winner Coronado Cartel before her eighth-place finish in the finals.

K H Logax Inc.’s homebred You N How Many More (Chicks Regard-Miss Quick Houston by Mr Houston) has been a force in New Mexico since winning his Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial by 1 3/4 lengths in her career debut. The gelding came up a nose short in the final and then qualified to the All American Futurity, where he finished sixth behind Handsome Jack Flash.

While he was second in his Hobbs America Futurity trial, the Juan Gonzalez-trained gelding came back to take the Hobbs America Futurity by pulling away to a three-quarter-length win.