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Hinkins' pair double threat in Juvenile Challenge


October 26, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Owners David and Ross Hinkins have two chances to take the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) when they are represented by the futurity-tested pair of Illegal Smile and FDD Moon, who are each trained by Adan Farias and based at Los Alamitos.

The 350-yard John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship is the premier race for 2-year-olds during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 29 at Los Alamitos.

Illegal Smile, by FDD Dynasty out of Blazin Fire (by This Snow Is Royal), has had a trouble-laden career, however has developed since winning his maiden in June to become a stakes competitor. The gelding was bumped at the start of the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge and went on to finish second, and then overcame a bump at the start of the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2) to rally and grab third place.

FDD Moon, by First Down Dash out of Moon Arisen (by Beduino (TB)), finished fourth in the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge as the 9-to-5 favorite and then rebounded to win his PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity trial after a troubled start. That neck win came as the 4-to-5 favorite, but his time was not fast enough to qualify to reach the final.

Lyle Guillory’s Valiant Jess, by Valiant Hero out of Jess Sass Me (by Mr Jess Perry), should be dangerous in her Los Alamitos debut after a promising campaign this summer at Ruidoso Downs for trainer John Bassett. The filly won her John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge trial and returned to score a game neck win in the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge. She then had a very troubled trip as the 5-to-2 favorite in her All American Futurity trial and lost all chance while the top-two finishers in that trial–Lethal Volt and Mr Ease 123–qualified for the All American Futurity (G1).

The Dean Frey-owned, -bred and -trained Shez Jess Toxic, by Take Off Jess out of Dashing Fly Lady (by Victory Dash), returns to Los Alamitos after setting two 350-yard track records at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She won her John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge trial in :17.540 and lowered that mark to :17.470 with her 1¼-length win in the John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge.