John Deere Sweetwater Juvenile Challenge

John Deere Sweetwater Juvenile Challenge

Drive scores wire-to-wire win.

text size

Drive, a daughter of Valiant Hero owned and trained by Adrian Zavala, won Saturday's 350-yard, $43,945 John Deere Sweetwater Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Sweetwater Downs.

Drive defeated Dr B by a half of a length in :17.487 under jockey Julian Zavala. The sorrel filly earned a 99 speed index and a berth in the October 21 John Deere Challenge Championship (G2) at Lone Star Park.

Drive was bred in Oklahoma by Flag Ranch LLC, and she was the second-fastest qualifier from two trials run at Pocatello Downs on September 10. The filly is out of Lil Baby Eagle, a winning and stakes-placed One Famous Eagle mare.

Zavala purchased Drive for $21,000 at last year's Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale. Campaigned in two states, Drive has won three of eight races and has earned $34,596. The filly was a finalist in the May 21 Pocatello Downs Spring Futurity.

Fastest qualifier BC Minnie Pearl finished fourth, 2 1/4 lengths behind Drive.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit