Sunland Challenge Showdown
Top qualifiers ready to go in Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge.
April 4, 2013
Fastest-qualifier WDC Wendys Wine and impressive trial winner Jess Featureme Quick are set for a showdown in the $107,370 Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2) on Sunday after winning the two trials to the 440-yard stakes.
Also on the card is the $231,438 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) for state-bred juveniles.
Alonso and Sylvia Aranda’s WDC Wendys Wine (Woodbridge-Signs Of Speeding by Vital Sign) has proven to be an exceptional $6,500 claim. She is chasing her fourth-straight win and first stakes victory in the Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge.
WDC Wendys Wine was claimed 13 months ago while winning a $6,500 maiden-claiming race and has found her top form in her latest three races. She won for a $12,500 tag in November and then won a $35,500 allowance race before taking her Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge trial.
The Isidoro Rodriguez-trained mare won her trial by three quarters of a length. Her time of :20.761 was the quickest mark.
While WDC Wendys Wine has the top time, favoritism may fall to the stakes-seasoned Jess Featureme Quick (Feature Mr Jess-One Quick Cookie by Royal Quick Dash).
The Melissa Ann Miller-owned and Paul Jones-trained gelding brings solid stakes credentials into the Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge with a win in the Hobbs America Derby (G3) and then taking on older horses with a third in the Zia Park Championship (G1) and a second in The Championship at Sunland Park (G1). He was defeated by two-time champion Prospect To The Top in the Zia Park Championship and The Championship at Sunland Park.
Jess Featureme Quick impressed in his Bank of America Sunland Challenge trial, winning by three quarters of a length while under a firm hold by jockey Jesse Levario. Jess Featureme Quick’s time of :20.833 was the second-fastest qualifying mark.
The Jaime Dominguez-owned and -trained Feature Mr Who (Feature Mr Jess-Whosleaving Corona by Corona Cartel) qualified for last summer’s Rainbow Derby (G1) and then followed with a pair of graded-stakes placings. He was third behind Jess Featureme Quick in the Hobbs America Derby and then third in the Sunland Winter Derby (G2).
Feature Mr Who was second in his trial behind Jess Featureme Quick with a time of :20.932.
Juan Escalante’s Sizzling Perry (Mr Jess Perry-Sizzling Lola by First Down Dash) raced to a :20.869 clocking, with a second-place effort behind WDC Wendys Wine. The Martin Orona Jr.-trained gelding’s best effort was a third-place finish in the $192,000 Hialeah Derby two starts ago.
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