Skuze Pleeze Takes Southwest Juvenile

Oklahoma-bred gelding earns a Grade 1 win at Zia Park.

December 1, 2013

Skuze Pleeze powered away for a one-length victory in the 440 yard, $235,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) on Sunday at Zia Park Racetrack & Casino. Ridden by jockey G.R. Carter for trainer Tana Pace, the 2-year-old bay gelding bred in Oklahoma by owner Joe Mills clocked :21.499 in winning as the 9-5 second choice in a field of six.

The Dashin Bye gelding shipped into Zia after a third-place finish in the $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park and a fifth-place effort in the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

“He seemed to finish a little flat in the All American, but I got the finish out of him that I wanted to today,” said Carter, who also rode Skuze Pleeze in the Labor Day race.

Skuze Pleeze improved his record to 8-5-1-1 with earnings of $428,234. This marked his second career stakes win after taking the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park in June.

Jakita Investments LLC’s BP Wagon Train, a colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon, finished second in the Southwest Juvenile  for jockey Ricky Ramirez and trainer Trey Wood. Skuze Pleeze also defeated BP Wagon Train in the latter’s most recent start, a trial to the Texas Classic Futurity.

Houdini, a Valiant Hero gelding owned by the Ellen Kennedy Living Trust, took third with Cody Jensen up for trainer Luis Villafranco. Houdini also ran in the All American and finish second in the Texas Classic, defeating Skuze Pleeze by a nose in that race.

You N How Many More, another All American finalist and the 8-5 favorite coming off a victory in the $275,489 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) at Zia in October, was fourth.