Trio of Challenge Trials at Will Rogers
Finals set to be run September 29 at Oklahoma racetrack.
September 15, 2013
Challenge-enrolled horses trying to get an invite to the Bank of America Challenge Championships participated in three sets of trials for the Adequan Derby, John Deere Juvenile and Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge at Will Rogers Downs on Sunday afternoon.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from each set of trials will return to the Northeastern Oklahoma racetrack on Sunday, September 29, to vie for not only the winner's purse but an invite to the November 9 Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge Trials
Reliance Ranches LLC's Fate Cant Weight returned from a summer at Ruidoso Downs to post the top qualifying mark to the $32,500-added Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge.
Under jockey Jimmy Brooks, the Eddie D. Willis trainee defeated River Wind by a neck in the first of two trials. His time of :19.770 for 400 yards, a 96 speed index, was the fastest of the afternoon.
Double Bar S Ranch LLC bred the Mr Jess Perry filly in California from the First Down Dash mare Wortherweightingold. It was the third win in three starts for the sorrel miss, and the Adequan final will be her first appearance in stakes company.
Hiclass Fly was a game winner over Jess A Sign in the second trial to get the second-fastest time of :19.812, a 94 speed index. Arthur Gordon conditions the Fly Jess Fly gelding for Racehorse Inc. C.L. Anderson, MD, bred Hiclass Fly in Oklahoma from the Dashin Chico mare Hiclass Bling. Ivan Carnero rode the stakes-placed earner of nearly $73,000 who was a finalist in the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (R) earlier this year.
For the complete list of Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys,
John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge Trials
Mineshaft got his second straight win with authority Sunday afternoon after a two-length effort in the first of three trials for the $27,500-added John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile. His time of :17.571, a 95 speed index over the 350 yards, was the quickest of the afternoon.
Kevin Willis trains the Brimmerton gelding for owner William F. Harned. Bobby D. Cox bred Mineshaft in Texas from the Imtoocool (TB) mare Cool N Sixy (TB). Russel Hadley was aboard.
Graceenfaith won the second trial by three-quarters of a length for owner Ricardo Morales and trainer Bonifacio Almanza. The Dean Miracle filly out of Shona Tova, by Stoli, stopped the timer in :17.753 for the second-fastest time. Marge and J.R. Hatfield bred the two-time winner in Texas.
Savin Grace broke her maiden in the final trial to post the third-fastest time of :17.856 for owner/breeder Jim and Donna O'Neal. Jim O'Neal conditions the lightly race Pappasito filly who was making only her third start. Ridden by champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr., she is out of the Streakin Dash mare Miss Streakin Dash.
For a complete list of John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys,
Zoetis Will Rogers Starter Allowance Challenge Trials
Four-year-old Win Rabbits Fly raced to his third consecutive win with a 1 ¼-length victory over Cash N Fdd Dynasty to post the top qualifying time of :17.434 seconds, a 99 speed index, in the 350-yard Zoetis Will Rogers Starter Allowance Challenge trials.
Donald Davidson Jr. conditions the Fly Jess Fly gelding for owner Miguel Banuelos. Jackie Morgan bred Win Rabbits Fly in Oklahoma from the Spectacular Native mare Break The Market. The six-time winner has earned more than $52,000. Berkley Packer had the riding call.
Sea Hunter got his first win of the season in the second trial under jockey Jesus Salazar. Also trained by Donald Davidson Jr., the Wave Carver 5-year-old is owned by Rodrigo Covarrubias.
He posted the fourth-fastest time of :17.739. Rick Sumner bred the earner of more than $48,000 from the Bully Bullion mare Cash Trial.
For a complete list of Zoetis Will Rogers Starter Allowance Challenge qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys,
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