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Haddad-Trained Pair Tough in John Deere Juvie

The Jorge Haddad-trained pair of Giorgino and Gols Money Pop provide the Texas-based trainer a solid one-two punch in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (G2) if they both compete.
Also bred and owned by Haddad, Giorgino (Apollo (TB)-Las Alamitos by First Down Dash) qualified for the $1,120,662 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) contested on November 13 at Lone Star Park and would be returning to action in just six days if he races in both the Texas Classic Futurity and the John Deere Juvenile Challenge.

Giorgino has scored his four career wins in his latest four starts with conquests in the TQHA Sires Futurity (G2) and the John Deere Delta Downs Juvenile Challenge (G3). In the TQHA Sires Futurity two starts ago, he displayed his gameness in the final strides to win by a neck. He then raced in the trials to the Texas Classic Futurity, winning by half a length with the seventh-fastest qualifying time of :19.696.

Gary Kurz’s homebred Gols Honey Money Pop (Gol-Gotta Money Pop by Man In The Money) has three wins from five starts. However, two of those wins came when he was awarded the first-place money after disqualification of the horse that crossed the finish line first. Then, in his most recent start, he crossed the finish line first, but was placed last for interference.

Regardless, Gols Honey Money Pop has proven to be a solid stakes competitor. He was awarded the win in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) and raced to a fifth-place finish in the TQHA Sale Futurity (G1).

Tony and J. Lloyd Yother’s homebred A Plain Brown Rapper (A Regal Choice-Belles A Lady by Corona Cartel) has won three straight races while moving up in class for trainer William Harris. The gelding capped this improvement with a dominating win in the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge by 2 1/4 lengths as the 13-10 favorite.
Francisco Colorado’s Loose Perry (Mr Jess Perry-Loose Chick by Chicks Beduino) makes his first start in the United States after winning each of his four career starts, including two stakes races, in Mexico City. He won his qualifying race to the John Deere Juvenile Challenge by three-quarters of a length and took another stakes by the same margin in his latest effort for trainer Guadalupe Inzunza.