Wooten Racing’s homebred Shaw Island Senator outdueled favorite Will B Valiant and those two prospects set the top-two qualifying times from three trials to the Grade 3, $58,438 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The horses with the 10-fastest times qualified to compete in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge on June 2. A strong, gusting headwind faced all of the trial competitors.
Shaw Island Senator gained the advantage and was able to hold off 2-5 favorite Will Be Valiant by a neck.
The Felipe Garcia-Luna ridden Shaw Island Senator was timed in :18.283 while Will B Valiant was timed in :18.331.
Shaw Island Senator and Will B Valiant each had previous racing experience at Remington Park.
A daughter of Louisiana Senator, Shaw Island Senator finished fourth in a Remington Park maiden race while Will B Valiant won his trial to the Remington Park Futurity and then finished fifth in the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes.
“She ran a nice race,” Shaw Island Senator’s trainer Mike Joiner said. “She showed she’s a nice filly. She won her Remington Park training race.”
Will B Valiant, trained by Clint Crawford, is owned by retired jockey G.R. Carter Jr. and his wife Shaena. Carter is the all-time leading quarter horse jockey in races won (3,906) and mount earnings ($75 million).
The unofficial John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge qualifiers are Shaw Island Senator (:18.283), Will B Valiant (:18.331), Dame of Thrones (:18.482), Bv Last Kiss (:18.741), One Zoomin Hero (:18.746), Pipers Return (:18.771), Apollitical B Birdie (:18.782), Rrelentless (:18.791), Grey Handsome (:19.047) and Beggars Bargain (:19.079).