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Challenge Hits Will Rogers

Fate Cant Weight headlines Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge.

Q-Racing Journal
September 26, 2013

Reliance Ranches’ Fate Cant Weight brings top-qualifier honors into the $41,130 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge at 400 yards and William Harned’s Mineshaft holds similar status coming into the $42,121 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge over 350 yards on Sunday afternoon at the eastern Oklahoma track.

Also on the program is the $33,120 Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge.

The winner of each race will earn a starting spot in their respective championship races during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos on November 9.

Fate Cant Weight (Mr Jess Perry-Wortherweightingold by First Down Dash) comes off the best effort of her eight-race career and makes her stakes debut in the Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge. The Eddie D. Willis-trained filly raced to her third win when she won her trial by a neck with a time of :19.770 for the 400 yards.

Racehorse Inc.’s Hiclass Fly (Fly Jess Fly-Hiclass Bling by Dashin Chico) won the other trial with the second-fastest time of :19.812. He fought to a head win for his sixth victory from 15 starts. A former $10,000 claimer, Hiclass Fly was fifth behind Brace For Bernal in the $253,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (R) in April.

William Harned’s Mineshaft (Brimmerton-Cool N Sixy (TB) by Imtoocool) comes into the John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge on a roll with back-to-back wins after finishing second in his first start. After a maiden score at Fair Meadows Track, the Kevin Willis-trained gelding stepped up with a two-length romp in the first of three John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge trials. The gelding gained the top-qualifying time of :17.541 for 350 yards.

Ricardo Morales’ Gracenfaith (Dean Miracle-Shona Tova by Stoli) comes off his most impressive win from five starts when he won his trial by three-quarters of a length with the second-fastest time of :17.753. He also won a Remington Park maiden race by a nose back in May.

In the 870-yard Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge, Dusty Rose Ranch LLC’s homebred Docs Dusty Okie (Okey Dokey Dale-Stephanie Rose by Hy Lucky Jay (TB)) defends his 5 1/2-length victory in 2011. He then finished fifth as the 2-5 favorite in the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos. The Cristino Estrada-trained gelding won the Remington Park Distance Championship (G3) and has been rested since that June 2 out.