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Jest Famous Becomes Fourth G1 Two-Year-Old Winner for Wood Barn After SW Juvenile Championship
Jest Famous (#5) gets a head front of Eagle Coast (#6) and Suze Returns(#1) in the $150,000 Southwest Juvenile Invitational Championship Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

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Jest Famous Becomes Fourth G1 Two-Year-Old Winner for Wood Barn After SW Juvenile Championship

HOBBS, NM—DECEMBER 2, 2018—Jest Famous became the fourth Grade 1 winning two-year-old saddled by G. Blane Wood this season when he defeated Eagle Coast by a head in the $150,000 Southwest Juvenile Invitational Championship Sunday afternoon at Zia Park.

Prior to today, Blane Wood had saddled the winners of the 2019 Grade 1 All American Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and Texas Classic Futurity with three different 2-year-olds. Jest Famous joined that elite group that include Apocalyptical Jess ($1,540,140), Flying Cowboy 123 ($644,423) and Mm Fourinthemorning ($579,600).

"Coming into this race, I thought he could run third or better if he got away well. All of the horses were good," Wood said after the race. "At the beginning of the year, we felt this horse was in the top four. This horse is huge and he's just now figuring it out."

Ridden by champion jockey Ricky Ramirez, Jest Famous raced over the 440 yards in :21.768 seconds, equaling a 95 speed index into a 22 mph headwind.

Matt Crawford, Director of Racing for Zia Park, presents the winning connections of Jest Famous the Southwest Juvenile Championship Invitational(G1) stakes trophy Sunday afternoon at Zia Park. © Coady Photography
"He was one of our top horses headed into the All American trials," Ramirez said. "I don't really know what happened; he just didn't fire that day. We didn't lose faith in him; brought him over here and he performed the way we thought he could. The six horse made a run at me, but we were lucky enough to hold on."

Also third in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity earlier this year, Jest Famous races for MRB Racing LLC and was bred in Louisiana by Jon and Donna McPherson. The Mr Jess Perry gelding is out Famous Corona Lady, a Corona Cartel half-sister to champion and leading sire One Famous Eagle.

In seven starts this season Jest Famous has compiled a 4-9-3 record and today's $70,560 Juvenile Championship winners' purse boosted his bankroll to $215,765.

Hobbs America Futurity(G2) winner Eagle Coast flew late under jockey Sergio Becerra, Jr. to earn $24,990 for second. Jose Muela saddled the One Dashing Eagle gelding for owner Ernesto Palacio. Bred in Missouri by Jim Streelman and Bill Dale, Eagle Coast has earned $234,648 this season. He is out the Ocean Runaway mare Coastal Candy.

West Texas Futurity(G2) winner and Ruidoso Futurity(G1) runner-up Suze Returns was a neck back in the blanket finish to pick up $14,700 for third. Juan Carlos Gonzalez trains the filly by leading second crop sire High Rate Of Return for owner Joe Rios. Bred by Flag Ranch LLC and ridden by Tanner Thedford, Suze Returns has banked $371,468 this year. She is out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Brown Eye Suze.

Taking The Stage, Tyson Gay, Tools In The Sky, Zee James, Wokatee On Fire, Viva Le Don and Jess Versiontino completed the field.