River Wind Tops John Deere WRD Challenge Trials
Finalists to return on September 30 at Will Rogers Downs to compete for a berth at Prairie Meadows.
September 16, 2012
Under jockey Alex Baldillez Jr., River Wind turned in a sharp effort over 350 yards at Will Rogers Downs on Sunday, cruising to a 2 ¼-length trial win and the top qualifying mark for the John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge.
The 10 top qualifiers from three trial races contested will return to the Northeastern Oklahoma track on September 30 to vie for the winner's portion of $27,500-added purse. Also at stake will be an invite for the winner to participate in the Grade 2, $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.
River Wind completed the 350-yard course in :17.552 over a sloppy sealed track for a 97 speed index. Mollie Devereaux trains the homebred Furyofthewind gelding for Joe Williams. The winner of two of three starts this season is out of the First Wrangler mare Dream Diva.
Hiclass Fly got up over Barinasaloon by a neck in the final trial to set the third-fastest time of :17.957. Also ridden by Baldillez, the Fly Jess Fly gelding owned and bred by C.L. Anderson, M.D., is trained by Arthur Gordon. It was the first win in three starts for the Oklahoma-bred out of Hiclass Bling, by Dashin Chico.
Charles Cox and Brian Lambright's Bigtime Bentley won the first trial to qualify ninth with a time of :18.131. R. Allen Hybsha trains the Bigtime Favorite gelding out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Effortless. It was also the first win for the gelding bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox. James Flores was riding.
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