PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 22, 2012—Postponed last week due to weather conditions, trainer Matthew Fales saddled 1-2 finishers in the $31,825 Margie Bryan ASOA Futurity Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise for his parent's Carolyn and Ralph Fales.
The pair of two-year-olds, owned by the Fales, came into the race with the top two qualifying time from the December 2 trials. The lightly raced Harlee Tucker got her second career win in four starts.
The winning connections of Harlee Tucker, trainer Matt Fales, owner's Ralph and Carrie Fales, jockey Joe Ruiz, friends and family. © Coady Phtography
Under jockey Joe Ruiz the Heza Motor Scooter filly picked up the $15,913 winner's purse to boost her career total to $23,481. She completed the 400 yard course in :19.805 seconds, a 96 speed index. Sergio Chavez, II bred Harlee Tucker in Arizona from the Rocky Jones mare Phenomena.
Madd Dog, a homebred for Carolyn and Ralph, could not hold off the fast closing Harlee Tucker, getting out-nodded a nose by his stablemate at the wire. The Dog Daze Afternoon gelding, out of Merri Roc who is also a daughter of Rocky Jones, earned $6,365 for the effort. Already a stakes-winner and multiple stake placed runner, Madd Dog boosted his career total to nearly $60,000 with a 4-2-2 record from nine starts. Jorge Bourdieu was aboard.
Rosalio Aguirre's Ra Johnnys Crown finished 1-¾ lengths back in the show position. The Count Corona colt out of Our Courgarette, by Gallant Effort, earned $3,182. Rick Oliver rode the homebred for trainer L. Wayne Brasher.
Following the leaders were El Estero, Yn Makario and La Perrita de Anya. Pancho Pantera and On A Sundayafternoon dead-heated for 7th place with Kerwhango last. Nonitas Scooter was scratched.
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