Saturday, June 16, 2012
Carlos Madeira rode Junior June Bug to the colt's first stakes victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $296,456 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.
Saddled by Jackie Riddle for owner Richard K. McGehee, Junior June Bug led at every call while stopping the timer in :17.870 on a sloppy and sealed track. The $124,511 winner's share of the stakes-record purse boosted his earnings to $174,576 from four starts.
McGehee acquired Junior June Bug for $35,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale. A resident of Alice, Texas, McGehee also campaigns Storm Winds, a bay daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon who ran third in last year's $600,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.
Junior June Bug was bred by Mac Murray and Janis Spencer Murray's MJ Farms in Veguita, New Mexico. The colt's sire, Jesse James Jr, is an 11-year-old stakes-winning son of 1994 AQHA champion 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry. From 2003-06, Jesse James Jr earned $167,275 from 21 races, and in 2004 he ran second in the Golden State Derby (G1) and third in world champion Be A Bono's Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).
Jesse James Jr is a full brother to 2006 Retama Park Derby (G1) winner Jesstified and Jess Lips, the runner-up in last year's Grade 1, $1,218,400 Golden State Million Futurity at Los Alamitos. His top runners include two-time graded stakes winner Osbaldo, 2011 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity winner Sammy James, and Rex Hill, the winner of the June 3, $167,700 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park.
Jesse James Jr stands for a $3,500 fee at MJ Farms.
Junior June Bug's dam, Sandy June Bug, is an unraced 11-year-old daughter of the Bugs Alive In 75 stallion Blushing Bug. The colt's second dam, the Dash Ta Fame mare Sandys Fame, ran second in the 1997 Diamond Classic Futurity (RG1) in Wyoming.
The sixth-fastest qualifier, Junior June Bug was coming off of a second-place finish to Jessiana in the first of eight Mountain Top Futurity trials on June 1. The colt has won two races, and his stakes record includes a second-place finish to eventual Ruidoso Futurity (G1) winner PJ Chick In Black in the 300-yard, $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) at Sunland Park on April 8.
Junior June Bug was sent to post at odds of 5-1 and returned a $12.20 win mutuel. Fastest qualifier Brookstones Chick ran second, a neck behind the winner, to complete a $46 ($2) exacta.
Averyspecialsouthern, Justified By Chicks, Chrome Heart, Ping Pong Patty, Jessiana, Ms James, and River Suspect completed the order of finish. Second-fastest qualifier Gotcha By The Jewels was scratched.
Brookstones Chick races for Don and Lane Reynolds, who also campaign fourth-place finisher Justified By Chicks. A sorrel daughter of stakes winner Brookstone Bay, Brookstones Chick broke her maiden with a 1 1/2-length victory at odds of 19-1 in the sixth of eight trials on June 1. The filly has banked $55,862 from three starts.
Averyspecialsouthern has earned $30,416 from two races for her owners, G. Dwayne Pruitt, Kim King, and J. Steele. The bay filly by Southern Corona made her career debut with a second-place finish to Gotcha By The Jewels in the fifth Mountain Top trial.