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Fifty-Five 2-Year-Olds Entered in John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge Trials
Sam Houston Race Park will host trials for the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) on Friday.

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Fifty-Five 2-Year-Olds Entered in John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge Trials

BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

HOUSTON, TX–MAY 23, 2023–Recent maiden winners Fire Cowboy and Ripsnorter are among the 55 2-year-olds entered in Friday's 350-yard John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) trials at Sam Houston Race Park.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday's six heats will meet in the June 16, $40,000-added final.

A 22,000 yearling purchase at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale, Fire Cowboy made his debut with a nose victory in a 330-yard Sam Houston Futurity (G2) trial on May 12. Juan Diaz Jr. trains the gelded son of Flying Cowboy 123 for owner Emmanuel Villarreal.

Fire Cowboy drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jose Herbert in the second trial.

Ripsnorter races for Tommy Hays from the barn of trainer Adan Guzman. A homebred daughter of Open Me A Corona, Ripsnorter made her career debut with a three-quarter length win in a 300-yard, $17,500 maiden-special-weight dash at Sam Houston on May 4.

Ripsnorter drew post 3 and will be ridden by Noe Villatoro in the fifth heat.

All Sam Houston Race Park races can be seen at Q-Racing Video.com.