Honoroso Stands Out at Les Bois

Distance champion looks to repeat his Challenge win.

Q-Racing Journal
July 23, 2014

Defending $100,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) winner Honoroso tries to take the same path he took to earn 2013 champion distance horse honors when he heads the Red Cell Les Bois Park Distance Challenge on Saturday at the Boise, Idaho, track.

Also on the card is the Adequan Les Bois Park Derby Challenge.

Richard Gardner and RTM Stables’ Honoroso (Fly Jess Fly-Abla Espanol by Spanish Boot) demolished his rivals in last year’s Red Cell Les Bois Park Distance Challenge by 4 1/2 lengths. That win earned him a berth in the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship and he fought between horses to a neck win.

The winner of four-straight races and six of his last seven starts, Honoroso was given a break after the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship last November. Trainer Mark Hanson brought him back on July 12 in the second of two trials to the Red Cell Les Bois Park Distance Challenge. He went to the lead and scored a three-quarter-length win in :44.625 over second-fastest qualifier CMB Numero Uno (Dos Poruno-Shergars Revenge (TB) by Shergar’s Best), who posted a :44.735 time.

George T. and Judy Weldon’s Jess A Traffic Jam (Feature Mr Jess-Traffic Ten Too by Dash Thru Traffic) won the other trial by 4 lengths with the third-fastest time of :45.689. He took the lead soon after the start and then drew off for the easy victory.

Also trained by Hanson, Jess A Traffic Jam showed his class a year ago in New Mexico when he won the $35,000 SunRay Park Marathon and the third in the $63,000 Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge (G3).

In the Adequan Les Bois Park Derby Challenge, Jim Walker’s homebred Time For Jesse Lee (Mr Jesse Lee-Time For Noble by Mescallero Chick) goes for his fourth-straight win and comes into the 400-yard finals with the fastest-qualifying time.

Time For Jesse Lee had to fight for his trial win as the 2-5 favorite. The Monty Arrossa-trained gelding got up in the final jump to win by a by a nose over second-fastest qualifier Sign Of Corona (Coronas Fast Dash-Electric Sign by Vital Sign). Time For Jesse Lee was given a :19.389 mark while Sign Of Corona was timed in :19.394.

Two starts ago, Time For Jesse Lee raced to the most important win of his winning streak when he won the $41,826 Bitterroot Derby.

Last year, Time For Jesse Lee was second in the $151,500 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) and the $128,100 Wild West Futurity, both at Los Alamitos.

Larry Chapple and RTM Stables’ Sign Of Corona has only made five starts, but he has come through with two wins and two second-place runs. He won the $25,480 Rocky Mountain Classic Futurity last year for Hanson.

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