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May 3, 2012
Three-time Grade 1 winner Llano Teller starting in the $100,000 Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2) at 440 yards stands out in an impressive array of entrants in four Bank of America Racing Challenge races on Sunday at the Oklahoma City track.
Owned by Wootan Racing with the Reed Land and Cattle Co., Llano Teller (Teller Cartel-Annie Eye Over by Mr Eye Opener) makes his second start off a layoff and should be in sharp form for trainer Heath Reed. In his seasonal debut, Llano Teller battled with familiar rival Cold Cash 123, the 2011 world champion, in the Leo Stakes (G1) on March 24 and Cold Cash 123 got the neck decision over Llano Teller.
Llano Teller, an earner of $1,595,519, earned the bulk of his bankroll last summer at Ruidoso Downs. He won the $702,896 Ruidoso Derby (G1) and capped his summer with a win in the $1,317,015 All American Derby (G1). He was also sixth in the Rainbow Derby (G1), fourth in the Texas Classic Derby (G1) and the odds-on favorite and sixth in the Champion of Champions (G1). As a 2-year-old, he won the Remington Park Futurity (G1).
Vessels Stallion Farm and Los Bustardos’ Little Bit Of Baja (First Down Dash-BCR Pale Moon by Kingdom Key) is making a successful comeback to racing after not competing in 2010 and 2011. Two starts ago, he won his Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge (G2) trial and then was sixth behind Rylees Boy in the finals.
Sally Box’s Mr Truly Uno (Feature Mr Jess-Truely Yours by Tolltac) was third in last year’s Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2) and comes off a winning effort in the SLM Big Daddy Stakes over the Remington Park strip on March 10. The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained gelding powered over the 550 yards in :26.883 to win by a neck.
In the $35,000 Merial Remington Park Distaff Challenge, Robert Gentry’s homebred Fredaville (Mr Jess Perry-Fearless Freda by Dash For Cash) defends her daylight win in last year’s running. The Clinton Crawford-trained mare went on to finish second in the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) and third in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2) to become a championship contender.
Reliance Ranches and Debra Gotovac’s Back In The Pack (Corona For Me-Runninbac by First Down Dash) is a 3-year-old taking on older mares for the first time. The Brad Bolen-trained filly won the All American Juvenile (R) and was a close second behind Silver For Me in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) last year.
Steve Holt’s De Passem Okey (Okey Dokey Dale-Impassable Gal (TB) by Sir Richard Lewis) is trying for his third-straight champion distance horse title and should be favored to take a stakes-winning step toward that goal in the $53,820 Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge.
The Rodney Reed-trained De Passem Okey is off to a stellar start toward that goal with two convincing wins from two starts. He came back from a nearly four-month layoff to win a Remington Park allowance race and then took the Pauls Valley Handicap (G3) by 2 1/4 lengths.
Rene Laatsch’s Yin Your Eyes (Eye Yin You-Apollo Snowbound by Snowbound (TB)) closed out his 2011 campaign with a win in the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1). He should step forward after finishing off the board in his sole 2012 start, a Remington Park allowance race.
In the $30,000 Pfizer Starter Challenge, Miguel Banuelos’ Senor Fish (Fishers Dash-First Place Affair by First Place Dash) tries for his third-straight win at Remington Park. He was freshened over the winter and has responded for trainer Jose Aguilera with a daylight conditioned allowance win and a hard-fought head win over Touch Of Paso in an open allowance race.
Larry Konecne’s homebred Touch Of Paso (Jumpn-Queen Judea by Strawfly Special) comes back for a rematch with Senor Fish. Touch Of Paso was second in a pair of minor stakes at Los Alamitos this winter before shipping to the Paul Jones barn at Remington Park.
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