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Super Grade 1 field set for $300,000 Southwest Juvenile

December 1, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Hobbs, NM (Nov. 28. 2006) – Five Grade 1 futurity winners, including a pair of 2-time Grade 1 futurity winners, make the inaugural running of the $300,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Zia Park one of the deepest fields of 2-year-old Quarter Horses ever to enter one race.

All 10 entrants in the Southwest Juvenile Championship have won or placed in a Grade 1 futurity.

First post time is 12:15 p.m. with the 440-yard Southwest Juvenile Championship running as the 10th race on the 11-race program. There is always free parking and free grandstand admission at Zia Park.

The two-time Grade 1 futurity winners in the Southwest Juvenile Championship are Okey Dokey Fantasy and Snowy Alibi.

Okey Dokey Fantasy, owned by the Helzer family and Ariel Campos, has been a marquee Quarter Horse juvenile since his first official start on March 4 at Manor Downs. The colt has won nine of his 10 starts with a win in the Grade 1 Manor Downs Futurity and dead-heating for the victory in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity. He also won the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity and, reportedly, won the unofficial Rio Grande Futurity in February.

An earner of $493,429, Okey Dokey Fantasy comes off a win in his trial to the Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park. He stumbled at the start, but got up to win by one length as the 3-10 favorite.

D.D. Lightsey’s Snowy Alibi also has a nearly perfect race record. He has five wins and two seconds from his seven career starts for trainer Janet VanBebber. The earner of $287,631 is currently on a 4-race winning streak highlighted by a 1/2-length win in the Grade 1 TQHA Sale Futurity and a 1-length win in the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity.

Mario Vazquez’s Zoomin For Bux started his career with five wins from his first seven starts. His two defeats during this stretch came when he crossed the finish line in second behind Okey Dokey Fantasy in the Grade 2 Longhorn Futurity and the Manor Downs Futurity. After those setbacks, he won the Grade 1 Retama Park Futurity in a track-record :17.24 for 350 yards.

Big Time Hero is looking for his first win since racing to a big-time upset at 32-1 odds in the Rainbow Futurity on July 23 at Ruidoso Downs. In his two subsequent starts he was third in the All American Futurity trial over an off track and wasn’t a factor in his Dash For Cash Futurity trial when he lost all chance after a stumbling start.

Jess Destined could be revisiting his Grade 1-winning form with victories in his latest two starts, including a 1-length win in a Zia Park allowance race. He was a national leader last spring when he won the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity with a late surge.

While Remember Me Rose has yet to win a Grade 1 stakes, the highly respected filly should be one of the favorites in the Southwest Juvenile Championship. She was second as the 1-2 favorite behind Big Time Hero in the Rainbow Futurity and comes off a victory as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade 2 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship, formerly a Grade 1 stakes.

Rounding out the Grade 1-class entrants in the first running of the Southwest Juvenile Championship are 2-time Grade 1 futurity runner-up Angelina Ballerina, Heritage Place Futurity runner-up Ivory James, West Texas Futurity third-place finisher Eyesa Runner and Dash For Cash Futurity third-place finisher Jetin Chablis. Ivory James is the fastest qualifier to the Texas Classic Futurity and may opt for that stakes on Sunday.