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Closing day at Jerome: 75 horses, 10 races, $49K in purses

June 18, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Personal Mission (yellow cap, second from right) and Jess Chance break from the gate in the Gem County Futurity on April 24.
(photo by Robert Cooke, Jr.)
Sunday’s (June 19) race card at the Jerome County Fair Grounds might later be remembered as the year’s best race card in Idaho. For starters, there are 75 starters entered for 10 races out of their eight-horse gate—an excellent 94%-full average.

The feature race of the day is the $22,532 Dutch Masters III Futurity, the second leg of the DMIII Triple Crown. Reggie Anger’s Personal Mission, winner of the first leg—The Gem County Futurity—qualified for the final gate as the sixth-fastest qualifier from trials held here on June 12. Personal Mission is the 9-to-2 third-favorite under regular rider Jess Chance.

The fastest qualifier to the Dutch Masters III Futurity is Brook Black’s Imalrightmick, trained by Mike Taylor and ridden by Bobby Webb. Imalrightmick just missed in the Gem County Futurity, coming up a half-length short of Personal Mission.

Anger and Taylor might have a real rivalry going, as both also train 3-year-olds entered in the $13,922 Jerome Derby. Anger has Maurice Wilcox’s Kellies Chick, while Taylor trains Movin On’s morning-line favorite Kitty’s Gold Medal.

There’s plenty of racing action aside from the two big races of the day: three races for 2-year-old Quarter Horses have full gates, and the Thoroughbreds even get into the action with a five-furlong claimer for 3-year-olds and older.

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