Four Challenge Tickets Punched at Will Rogers
Winners earn some of the final berths in the Bank of America Challenge Championships.
September 29, 2013
Four more horses earned the right to compete in the rich Bank of America Challenge Championships on November 9 at Los Alamitos Race Course after taking victories in the respective divisions on Sunday at Will Rogers Downs. The track condition started out as sloppy at the Oklahoma oval and then was upgraded to good. Following is a recap of the four Challenge races.
John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge
Steve Holt's homebred Jess One More Thing got her first stakes win in the $42,120 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge. Under jockey Berkley Packer, the daughter of Fly Jess Fly held off Savin Grace to win by a neck. Fastest qualifier Mineshaft finished a length back in the show position.
Trainer Rodney Reed saddled the Oklahoma-bred filly out of Crazy About Corona, by Corona Cartel, to her third win in eight starts. The $19,375 winner's purse pushed Jess One More Thing's earnings mark to nearly $77,000. She completed the 350 yard course in :17.505, a 97 speed index over the good track. Her next start could be in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos.
Owned and bred by Jim and Donna O'Neal and trained by Jim O'Neal, Savin Grace earned $8,424 for her second-place effort. Champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr. was aboard the Pappasito filly from the Streakin Dash mare Miss Streakin Dash.
Kasey Willis conditions Mineshaft, a Brimmerton gelding out of Cool N Sixy (TB), by Imtoocool (TB), for William Harned. Russel Hadley rode the Bobby D. Cox Texas-bred. He earned $4,212.
Completing the field were Reckless Red Hen, Gracenfaith, Blue Gene Harley, VH Won, Furyinmypants, A Fast Ride and Dirty Fighter.
Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge
Danny Salisbury and Robbin Caldwell's I V Gone improved off a third-place trial effort to defeat River Wind by a neck in the $41,130 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge. Fate Cant Wait finished half-length back in the third.
Jockey Debbie Freeman rode I V Gone over the 400-yard course in a quick :19.563 to earn a 102 speed index over a good track surface and pick up the winner's share of $18,920. He also garnered an invite to the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.
Tana Caldwell conditions the Ivory James gelding out of Bye Bye Bygones, by Takin On The Cash. Bred in Oklahoma by L.P. Frank, the black gelding has a combined record of 4-2-1 in 14 starts and has earned $50,261.
The lightly raced River Wind picked up $8,226 for owner/breed Joe Williams. Mollie Devereaux saddled the Furyofthewind gelding out of Dream Diva, by First Wrangler. Alex Baldillez Jr. had the riding call.
Eddie D. Willis saddled Reliance Ranches LLC's Fate Cant Weight. Jimmy Brooks rode the Mr Jess Perry filly from the First Down Dash mare Wortherweightingold. Bred in California by Double Bar S Ranch LLC, she earned $4,113.
Hiclass Fly, Jess A Sign, Jazz Wagon Painted Josy, I Sai Ahh, Bulletsinthegun and Cockedandlocked completed the field.
Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge
Five-year-old Emperor Valerian got his first win of the season with an impressive two-length win over a sloppy track in the $33,120 Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge. Former Oklahoma Hi-Point Distance Horse Docs Dusty Okie finished second, five lengths in front of My Bandera Beauty.
G.R. Carter Jr. rode the Heza Fast Dash gelding to his sixth career win in :44.833, a 104 speed index. The $16,550 winner's purse boosted the Brandon Muniz trainee's earnings to $128,636.
Salvador Pimienta owns the Oklahoma-bred gelding from the Dashing Val mare Sheeza Lil Val. Kelly/Yearsley Equine LLC is the breeder. The brown gelding could make his next start in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1).
Ten-time winner Docs Dusty Okie had to settle for second, and the $7,121 runner-up purse pushed his career total to $266,686. Cristino Estrada trains the Okey Dokey Dale 6-year-old for owner/breeder Dusty Rose Ranch LLC. Randy Wilson was aboard the multiple graded stakes winner out of Stephanie Rose, by Hy Lucky Jay (TB).
My Bandera Beauty, a filly by second crop Thoroughbred sire Afrashad, earned $3,643 for her effort. Tana Caldwell trains the sorrel miss for owner/breeder Jim Pitts. Russel Hadley rode the filly out of Brittany Dale, by JD Dash.
Pepperchew, SRD Bobwirebob and Lets Go Home Now completed the field.
Zoetis Will Rogers Starter Allowance Challenge
Fastest qualifier Win Rabbits Fly went wire-to-wire in the $21,300 Zoetis Will Rogers Starter Allowance Challenge defeating Cash N FDD Dynasty by 1 ¼ lengths. Skyemacfly finished a length back in the show position.
Win Rabbits Fly got his fourth consecutive win for owner Miguel Banuelos and trainer Donald Davidson Jr., completing the course in :17.433, a 99 speed index on a good track. The Fly Jess Fly 4-year-old could go into the $75,000 Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge Championship as one of the favorites.
Berkley Packer had the riding assignment about the sorrel out of Break The Market, by Spectacular Native. The seven-time winner added $9,811 to bring his bankroll to $61,874.
Kevin Hogan and Bob McClure's Cash N FDD Dynasty finished second for the fourth time this season. The FDD Dynasty gelding out of Cash Cartel, by Corona Cartel, picked up $4,266 for the effort. Trainer Toby Keaton named G.R. Carter Jr. to ride the Mercy Hinklin Texas-bred.
Racehorse Inc.'s Skyemacfly earned $2,133 for his third-place effort. Arthur Gordon conditions the Fly Jess Fly 6-year-old. Agustin Silva rode the Benny McGowen and Phil Cadell Oklahoma-bred. He is out of Easy Alene, by Dashin Is Easy.
Panthers Pop Pop, IB A Teller Cartel, Sea Hunter, RP Miss Reckless Dash and JA Smokin Nine completed the field.
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