Leavinematthebar Sets Fastest Time For The $130,713 John Deere Juvenile Challenge at Sam Houston
Levinematthebar, under jockey Claudio Aguilar, setting the fastest time for the $65,000 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge on Thursday night. .

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Leavinematthebar Sets Fastest Time For The $130,713 John Deere Juvenile Challenge at Sam Houston

HOUSTON, TX—MAY 26, 2022— Sam Houston Race Park hosted six trials for the $130,713 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (G2) on Thursday May 26.

The fifth trial produced the fastest clocking of the card when  Leavinematthebar  surged to the wire in :17.822 seconds, a 91 speed index.

Bred and owned by James R. Hrabovsky and J. Leann Nalls, the son of second-crop sire Power Jam(TB) made his debut at Sam Houston Race Park on May 6, running third under jockey Claudio Aguilar, who had the return call this evening. The Texas-bred earned $9,000, increasing his bankroll to $11,503. The Texas-bred, trained by Brian Stroud, earned $9,000, increasing his bankroll to $11,503.

The second-fastest time belonged to Capo On Fire, who drew off to 1 ½ length score, crossing the wire of the 350 yard trial in :17.872 seconds over a fast track. He earned a speed index of 89 under rider H. Hernandez.

This was the first win for the Oklahoma-bred son of multiple stakes sire Capo de Capi, who is trained by Jailinne Venzor. He made three previous starts for owner Luz Hernandez, qualifying to the $441,000 Oklahoma Futurity at Remington Park on March 19.

Apollitical Dynamite,  runner-up to Leavinematthebar, crossed the wire in :17.873 seconds with Victor Urieta, Jr. in the saddle. Owned by Red Sea Racing Stables, LLC, the colt by Apollitical Jess made just one previous start here for trainer Juan Diaz, Jr. on May 13.

In the final trial, recent Old South Futurity winner Jes An Angel drew clear in :17.878 seconds under rider Camilo Castillo. Bred in Texas by Jerry Windham, the daughter of Jess Zoomin is out of the First Down Dash mare Ms  Kates Angel also qualified for the $342,000 Louisiana Downs Futurity and has now won two of his four efforts. She has won four of five starts and earned $94,306 this year.

The ten fastest qualifiers will return on Thursday, June 16 with the winner advancing to the $125,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Horseshoe Indianapolis on October 22.

For a complete list of tonight’s qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

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Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse Stakes
Here are the remaining stakes that will be contested in the 2022 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse live racing season.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

$649,710 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) 2 YO 330 yards
$75,000 Sam Houston Juvenile Stakes 2 YO 330 yards
$100,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) 3 YO & Up 440 yards
$50,000 John Buchanan Memorial Stakes 3 YO Fillies 350 yards
$50,000 Leon Bard Stakes 3 YO 350 yards
$50,000 Texas Twister Stakes 3 YO & Up 110 yards

Saturday, June 11, 2022

$40,000 Colors of Houston 2 YO 300 yards
$30,000 Colors of Houston Maturity 3 YO 350 yards

Thursday, June 16, 2022

$130,713 John Deere Juvenile 2 YO 350 yards
$91,163 Adequan Derby 3 YO 400 yards

Saturday, June 18, 2022

$100,000 Sam Houston Texas-bred Championship 3 YO & Up 400 yards
$50,000 Jesse Yoakum Memorial 870 Stakes 3 YO & Up 870 yards
$50,000 Miss Sam Houston Stakes F & M 3 YO & Up 330 yards
$50,000 Sam Houston 250 Stakes 3 YO & Up 250 yards
$50,000 Sam Houston 550 Stakes 3 YO & Up 550 yards
$40,000 Sam Houston Starter Stakes 3 YO & Up 350 yards

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Sam Houston Race Park is Houston's premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston.  The Park offers a variety of attractions including our Suite Level featuring luxurious suites overlooking the racetrack and accommodating groups from 20 to 300 people, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner's Circle Restaurant and the Jockey Club.  For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit