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AQHA Remington Park Distance Challenge

Ms Esther scores her second graded stakes victory of the season.
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Ms Esther, a 5-year-old daughter of the Smoke Glacken (TB) stallion Afrashad (TB) owned and trained by Jordan Baumann of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, rallied on the rail to win Sunday's 870-yard, $40,299 AQHA Remington Park Distance Challenge (G3).

Earning a starting berth in the October 26, $100,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) in Albuquerque, Ms Esther defeated 17-10 favorite Madewell by a neck in :44.763. Andrew Samaniego rode the mare, who recorded a 104 speed index while aided in the homestretch by a reported 7-mph tail wind.

Ms Esther was bred in Oklahoma by Duwyne and Janice Pfeifle, and she has won five of her seven starts at the 870 distance, including the April 4, $50,000 Pauls Valley Stakes (G2) at Remington.

"She sure likes 870," said Baumann. "I really didn't know she would be this good. I just knew it would be fun running her at a distance, and we would find a place for her that fit that.

"Hopefully, we will win the Distance Championship at the end of the meet," Baumann added, referring to the June 1, $50,000-added Remington Park Distance Championship (G2) on June 1, closing day of the Remington Park spring season.

Ms Esther has won six of 10 starts, and the $19,344 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes score bumped her earnings to $99,426, of which $63,268 has been banked this season.

Flight Force ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Ms Esther, and was followed by CJs Rockhard N Ready, Rock A Billy, Jess a Hilbily Bone, Cloud Ridge, and Bet I Make U Famous.

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