Raising Kain Breaks Maiden in John Deere Retama Challenge Trials

Down N Dash gelding earns first victory with easy two-length win.

July 27, 2013

Getting his first win in four starts, Raising Kain rolled to a two-length win in the second of five trials contested for the John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night as the San Antonio-area track. His time of :17.882 for 350 yards, a 92 speed index, stood as the top mark from the 49 2-year-olds who competed in the trials.

The 10 fastest will return to the Texas racetrack on August 10 and vie for the winner's share of the $18,500-added purse as well as earning a spot in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) to be run November 9 during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Francisco Calderon rode Raising Kane for owner Pete Scarmardo and trainer Leon Bard. Jo Scarmardo bred the Down N Dash gelding in Texas from the Smooth Bravado mare Smooth Money Raiser. In three previous starts he has finished third twice and fourth once.

Coming off a third-place effort to The Kat In The Hat in the $75,690 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) on May 18, Cristata got her second win with head victory over Eye Agree in the first trial. The Mr Jess Perry daughter posted the second-fastest time of :17.951 under jockey Eleazar Hernandez.

Juan Saucedo trains the filly for Fillimon Saucedo. Bred in Texas by Robert and Karen Nunnally from the Runaway Winner mare Shesa Winning Rose, Cristata was also second in the Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes (R) in March. She has earned $24,689 in six starts.

The same owner/trainer/jockey trio also combined to win the final trial and set the third-fastest time of :17.951 with One Famous Baby. It was the second straight win from four starts for the daughter of all-time leading first crop sire One Famous Eagle from Royal Baby Sister, by Royal Quick Dash. Jackie Sessions is the breeder.

For the complete list of John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys, CLICK HERE.