Secret Courage was the upset winner of Sunday's Grade I Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park, going off at 22-1.
Coming from post 5, the 2 year old gelding was ridden by Jaime Leos, who had previously piloted him to his only prior victory, a 350 yard Maiden at Zia. The winning margin today was a neck. Secret Courage upped his earnings to $135,190 for trainer Ramon Ronquillo and owner Francisco Acevedo. He now holds a record of 5 starts, 2 wins and 1 thirds. He covered the 440 yards in 21.664 seconds, earning an 89 speed index.
Finishing 2nd was Hobbs America Futurity winner A Dream To Remember, who went off as the 2-1 favorite, marking her 1st defeat in 3 starts at Zia Park. The Corona Cartel filly was piloted by G. R. Carter Jr from post 2 and covered the distance in 21.701, also earning an 89 speed index.
Sam Houston Futurity winner Sassmaster finished 3rd from post 7. Coming off a victory in the Texas Classic Juvenile at Lone Star Park, Sassmaster and jockey Francisco Ramirez Jr covered the 440 yards in 21.822, which earned an 86 speed index.
Secret Courage paid $47.20 to win, $35.00 to place and $11.80 to show.
A Dream To Remember paid $4.60 to place and $3.00 to show.
Sassmaster paid $3.00 to show.
$2.00 Exacta paid $255.60 - 5/2
$2.00 Trifecta paid $6,533.40 - 5/2/7
$2.00 Superfecta paid $4,708.60 - 5/2/7/4