|MBNA America Challenge Championships
- Ford Juvenile Notes for Tuesday, November 2
November 2, 2004) - WRS Special Shoe earned a ticket to Sam
Houston Race Park when he won the Ford Central Challenge (G3) in
his second career start. Randy Williams, a tobacco farmer from La
Center, Kentucky, races WRS Special Shoe under his Williams Racing
Stables, and Charleton Hunt trains the 2-year-old.
After finishing fourth in the October 3 Kansas Futurity (G2), the
gelded son of First Down Laveaux shipped to Texas. The loss was
the first time that the gelding finished off the board after facing
the starter nine times.
WRS began his race career in a trial for the Ford Central Challenge
(G3). He ran second in his trial heat but came back in the June
5 final and won by a neck. The victory was the first in a streak
that lasted six races and ended in the Kansas final.
In addition to winning the Ford Central Challenge (G3), the brown
gelding also won the Iowa Double Gold Futurity (RG3) and Jim Bader
His earnings stand at $103,400.
"I don't think that we could handle him if he was still a colt,"
"He's not wild or mean, he's just real ornery. Sometimes he's
hard to put up with."
Having raced in Minnesota, Iowa and Kansas, WRS Special Shoe will
make his Texas debut on Saturday in the $150,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge
Hunt says the gelding seems to be enjoying life in Houston. According
to the trainer, the 2-year-old didn't like the track at The Woodlands
in Kansas City. Hunt has given WRS Special Shoe plenty of time to
adjust to the Houston track surface as the gelding has been sent
to the track about five times since arriving. On Wednesday morning,
WRS Special Shoe will go to the gates and stretch his legs over
the Houston track in final preparation for the Ford Juvenile Challenge
This year's Challenge Championships will be telecast live on the
TVG Network. The first Challenge race, the $75,000 Professional's
Choice Challenge Championship, is scheduled for 9:18 p.m. (EST).
The draw for all six MBNA Challenge Championships stakes will
take place on Wednesday, November 3.