John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge

John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge

Fastest qualifier HIs Time To Deal earns an autumn trip to Albuquerque.

His Time To Deal 2020 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge. Coady Photography

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Pete Scarmardo's His Time To Deal, a homebred son of Dealagame and the fastest qualifier, sprinted to a clear 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $61,149 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge at Retama Park.

Prepped by Leon Bard, His Time To Deal covered 350 yards in :17.996 while scoring his second win in as many outs. Jose Vega rode the Texas-bred gelding.

His Time To Deal made his debut with a one-length win in the first of three trials on July 3. The gelding is out of Lady Lilia, a winning daughter of First Down Dash and Grade 1 winner Lady Tenaya. His Time To Deal is a full brother to multiple graded stakes winner This Is A Deal Too and 2015 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) runner-up This Is A Deal.

In addition to earning the $28,129 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win, His Time To Deal landed a starting berth in the October 24 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Albuquerque Downs.

Cartel Creek finished second and was followed by Hot Lady Returns, Elegant Tres, A Sweet Capo, Super Fly B, Viva Le Merica, Kiss My Happy Hips, Averys Volcom, and High On Royce.

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