Wii B Tops John Deere Juvenile Trials at Retama Park
Wii B, under jockey Eddie Sanchez, setting the fastest qualifying time for the $30,000-added John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge Saturday at Retama Park.

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Wii B Tops John Deere Juvenile Trials at Retama Park

SELMA, TX—JULY 28, 2018—Arturo Ibarra’s Wii B ($15.80) scored his second win of the meet setting the fastest qualifying time in the fourth trial of six trails contested Saturday night for the $30,000-added John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge.

The son of Mighty B Valiant out of the FDD Dynasty mare Devil Wears Prada B was bred in Texas by Bielau Oaks. Trained by Epilido Luna, Jr., Wii B was ridden to victory by Eddie Sanchez, driving to the wire in :17.675 seconds, a 99 speed index.

The $7,500 TQHA Yearling Sale graduate made his debut on April 5 in trials for the Sam Houston Futurity and will enter the final with a record of two wins and a second from four starts.

Also a homebred for Bielau Oaks, Wii B's dam Devil Wears Prada B finished third in the Grade 3 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge in her second career start.

Im Sporting Rock ($7.80), a son of Corona Cartel, bred by Robert or Karen Nunnally, won the second trial in :17.717 under Manuel Gutierrez. It was the third start for the bay colt owned by Jose Fabian Hernandez, and his first win. Ismael Solis-Guevera is his conditioner. The bay colt is out the Stoli mare Painted Silk.

The same connections scored in the final trial with FM Im A Zatanaz Too ($2.10), who won easily in :17.779. This was the fourth career win for the Utah-bred son of Tempting Dash out of the Mister Jess Perry mare Dashingfordestiny. His biggest score came on April 28 with a neck victory in the 330-yard, $441,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

The final will take place on Saturday, August 18 with the winner advancing to $125,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) on November 17 at Los Alamitos.

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