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ND Bred QH Futurity 2014
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A Victory for History

Shesa Easy Victory dominates the ND bred QH Futurity

By: Annise Montplaisir, NDHP Director of Communications

From the very beginning of a racehorse’s life, luck and chance is the name of the game. Questions on a horse’s ability, speed and soundness are posed at every turn. But for Shesa Easy Victory, her destiny to win lies in her history.  

The two year old filly by Such Easy Cash and out of Jetaway to Victory was beat by the persevering Ms Jess N Alibi in her last start- the Open Quarter Horse Futurity on July 19th. After a two week rest, “Shesa” prevailed in the ND Bred QH Futurity to win the race by a half-length in a time of 18 seconds flat. She edged out impressive contenders such as the Bob Johnson trained One Kool Toast, who made the trip from Canterbury to run.  

Bred and owned by John Bubel, the filly’s history with the track traces back to her dam. Jetaway to Victory ran at the North Dakota Horse Park nine times throughout her career, finishing first in four of those starts. “A mare that we bought in Oklahoma was the mom of Jetaway to Victory,” said Bubel. “So I’ve always run one of her babies because I like Jetaway to Victory.”

Despite having bloodlines and ability on her side, the road to the winners circle came with a few bumps for Shesa Easy Victory. “She shinbucked the first weekend up at Belcourt, so we’ve been babying her along hoping for her to run in this race,” explained Bubel. “She’s been getting a lot of extra care to get here.”

Bubel shared that the filly’s next stop will be at home for a well-deserved rest. “She’s going to go home, get her shoes off, and kicked out in the pasture so she can relax until next year,” shared Bubel.

“She came to run today. I’m pretty tickled.”

ND Futurity 2014
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Not Your Ordinary Plain Jane

South Dakota-bred filly Jesa Plain Jane take the North Dakota Futurity

By: Ryan Roshau, NDHP Media Relations

Glenn Ringgenberg didn’t know what his two year-old filly was capable of heading into the $9,700 North Dakota Futurity on the Horse Park’s final weekend.

“I didn’t have confidence,” Ringgenberg laughed.  “There were other nice colts in the race and fillies, so I wasn’t sure.”  But doubt turned into crystal clear certainty on the turn for home as his bay filly pulled away in the stretch to capture the juvenile race by 12 ¼ lengths in a time of 1:11.20 for 5 ½ panels.

On paper, the race didn’t look like such a cinch.  Big Cats Echo, the winner of back to back races at Chippewa Downs, the last by over 11 lengths, was essentially the only accomplished horse in the race and was solidly backed at 9-5.  Scott Horst’s Pie Eyed Scott was unraced but showed in a workout a week earlier that he was ready for primetime.  The others drifted up to 5-1 or higher in a field of six.  And then there was Ringgenberg’s Jesa Plain Jane who had only raced once before, a second-place effort at a short distance in the South Dakota Bred Futurity in May.  But even Ringgenberg admitted she may not have been at her best. “She shin bucked,” the owner said. “I wasn’t sure if she shin bucked at Aberdeen or before.”  What followed was a long rest and over two months without a second race.  But that race came in Fargo in the Futurity and boy did it ever come. 

Perhaps it was the Bob Johnson/ Don Proctor connection but the betting public thought enough of the daughter of Pie’s Prospect to make her the 9-5 betting favorite (just a few dollars more than Big Cats Echo) on the last tick of the toteboard. Jesa Plain Jane broke on top from the outside post and soon was engaged in a head to head struggle with the co-favorite.  Midway into the race, Damon Leeds and Big Cat’s Echo put a head in front before Proctor countered.  Around the far turn though Jesa Plain Jane kicked free and coasted home on her way to a dozen length score.  Big Cats Echo finished second while Butch Herman’s Goddess Artemis ran third.

In the aftermath, as he accompanied the filly back to the barn, the Columbia, South Dakota horseman Ringgenberg handed out thank yous. “Kris Moen, the breeder, I got to give him credit,” Ringgenberg said. “He sold me that mare when she was pregnant.  I have got to be thankful for him and Scott Horst who gave me tips on the stud.” Ringgenberg continued, “And I thank Bobby Johnson the trainer for having her ready for this as it is only her second out.”

And was there a special sense of satisfaction for a South Dakotan to win in North Dakota, taking the $5,000 winner’s purse with him? “Wins are nice anywhere they happen in this game,” Ringgenberg said. “We’ll take her back home to South Dakota and turn her out and see what happens next year.”




Dan Diemert Memorial
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Eye on the Prize

Eyesa Lajolla wins the Dan Diemert for his second stakes win in as many years

By: Ryan Roshau, NDHP Media Relations

Eyesa Lajolla cut it close on Saturday—not once, but twice. 

The gray son of Eyesa Special rolled into Fargo just hours before he was set to go off as the 7-10 favorite in the $8,400 Dan Diemert Memorial.  In the race itself, the gray gelding needed to hold off a late closing Sweet Easy Cash to earn the victory by a nose.

A claim of foul was disallowed after jockey Don Proctor appeared pensive as the horse was circled just outside the winner’s circle – unsure if the result would stand.  But in the end, the stewards saw it the way the photo finish camera did and Eyesa Lajolla was announced as the race winner, sending $3.40 to his backers.

Last summer Eyesa Lajolla took the NDQHRA Derby in Fargo, the last prior victory the horse had posted.  Since that 1/2 length score, the four year-old has been competing in Claiming events at Canterbury for trainer Vic Hanson (a previous two-time winner of the Diemert) and showed with his fourth place finish in a race on June 28th that he was gearing up for a big effort, that came on Dan Diemert Day.

Breaking first out of the gate from the rail, Proctor kept her in command and he led the 350 yard dash by a length at one call.  But the lead diminished to a neck, and head, and then a nose at the wire, curtailed by the late advances of the runner-up.  Freedomofexpression charged belatedly for third, a length in front of Jennas Easy Cash. 

Kenny Olson was the winning trainer of record, his second stakes score on the final weekend, thrusting him to the leaderboard among those in his trade.  Davide and Debra Harshe’s charge has now won three of fourteen career starts and pushed his bankroll to just under $20,000 for the victory.

NDQHRA Derby 2014
News - Misc
Tuesday, August 05, 2014


 The Perks of Being a Derby Winner

Perks Prize Wagon pulls off a mild upset in the NDQHRA Derby

By Ryan Roshau, NDHP Media Relations

Jeff and Eva Hepper’s charge Perks Prize Wagon carried a form into the $8,800 NDQHRA Derby that was quite unconventional by Fargo standards.  The three year-old colt by Pyc Paint Your Wagon had started his career with a win at Chippewa Downs before coming back sore, ending his juvenile career.  So when it came to start his sophomore season the debut didn’t come in the Dakotas but rather Oklahoma – at Remington Park in a lucrative $21,000 Allowance race.

“We have some friends in Oklahoma and actually we bought the mare from Fred Stanley and she was bred when we bought her so we thought we’d try him down there,” co-owner Eva Hepper said. “But he ran against some pretty tough horses and we just decided to bring him back here and run him and then take him home.” 

The Sooner State test (a ninth place finish) gave Perks Prize Wagon an edge against six foes in the Derby as he broke strong under Terry Bennett and seized the lead from Blurred Cash in midstretch before finishing the race a neck in front of his rival, the 2-1 favorite. Dontthrotlemystyle, the 7-2 third choice, finished third.

“I was very nervous until he got his nose up on the line,” Hepper said.  “I just had confidence in this horse since the day he was born and haven’t lost that.”

The $4,400 earned by the winner boosted his lifetime earnings to $5,590. With two wins in three starts however it appears that the brief career (on the racetrack anyway) may be coming to an end.

“No more races, none that are planned unless something comes up,” Hepper said.  “We have some girls coming up that are looking at barrel horses so we’re going to take him home.”

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