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Wide open race in John Deere Calfiornia Juvenile tonight


August 19, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

Favorite Hot Cartel (#7) sets the fastest qualifying time—350 yards in :17.897—to the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge Championship
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
Story by Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

Alvaro Luaís Favorite Hot Cartel leads a field that includes major futurity finalists Apollitical Stone, SC Vapor Trail, and Missmerizing in a wide-open running of the $44,460 John Deere California Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night, August 19, at Los Alamitos Race Course. The winner of the John Deere California will earn a berth to the rich Juvenile final to be held later this year at Prairie Meadows in Iowa on AQHA Bank of America Racing Challenge Night.

Trained by Ramiro Zuazo, Favorite Hot Cartel gets top billing after winning his trial in the fastest 350-yard time of the night of :17.89. The gelding by Favorite Cartel showed a terrific late punch and also the quickness to keep up with fast breaking runners like Missmerizing and SC Vapor Trail. Oscar Peinado will ride Favorite Hot Cartel from post number six. Trained by Monty Arrossa for Denny and Sandy Weight, Missmerizing has been second in four of her six career starts. Still a maiden, the filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon was seventh in the Kindergarten Futurity earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Apollitical Stone and SC Vapor Trail both won their respective John Deere California trials and previously competed in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity. Jose Flores and Steve Mickaelianís Apollitical Stone ran fourth against a strong Ed Burke Million field.