Born To Be Bad Prevails In John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile
Born To Be Bad defeating fastest qualifiers Feature Moonflash and Tac It To The Moon in the Grade 3 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge Saturday at Ruidoso Downs.
© Gay Harris / Ruidoso Downs
RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 30, 2016—Ridden by jockey Adrian Ramos, Born To Be Bad defeated fastest qualifier and post time favorite Feature Moonflash by a neck in the $63,900 John Deere Juvenile Challenge(G3) Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Second fastest qualifier Tac It To The Moon finished a neck back to get third in the blanket finish.

Trainer Tammy Johnson saddled Born To Be Bad to his second win in five starts. The FREIGHTTRAIN B gelding covered the 350 yards in :17.631 seconds, to pocket the winner's check worth $30,033. The win also guarantees Born To Be Bad a starting spot in the $150,000 Guaranteed John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship(G2) at Los Alamitos Race Course October 29.

Melissa Slayton and Cody Bowling own the Texas-bred out of Dosvedanya by Separatist. The bay gelding bounced off a second place effort in the July 15th trial. Melissa Slayton co-bred Born To Be Bad with N.R. Stevenson.

Feature Moonflash put in a late effort to get second place for owner James Sills and trainer Eddie Willis. Cesar Gomez rode the gelding. Ivy Lane Racing bred the $19,000 Heritage Place Yearling Sale graduate in Louisiana. Also a finalist in the Grade 3 Oklahoma Futurity earlier this season, Feature Moonflash earned $12,780 to boost his earnings total to $42,108.

Brian Muse saddled third place finisher Tac It To The Moon for owner El Cabresto Racing Stables, LLC. Ivan Carnero was aboard the gelding. He picked up $6,390 for the effort.

Completing the field were Gustafame, Stella Lou, Caydence, Groupie James, Tsunamii and The Crusador.