Bank of America Challenge Championship

Bank of America Challenge Championship

Danjer wins Saturday's Grade 1, $251,775 feature at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Danjer 2020 Bank of America Challenge Championship. Coady Photography

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Danjer made a strong late run to win Saturday's 440-yard, $251,775 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Racing for Downtime Enterprises LLC, Billy G. Smith, and trainer Dean Frey, Danjer covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.160 while earning a 102 speed index and defeating the second-place finisher by a head as the 3-5 favorite. Cody Smith rode the 4-year-old gelded son of champion FDD Dynasty.

Danjer was bred in Oklahoma by Dean Frey, and he was coming off of a neck victory as the 7-5 favorite in the 440-yard, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship Stakes (G1). Raced in four states, including Oklahoma and Texas, the gelding has won 10 of 19 outs -- including six of 11 at the classic 440-yard trip -- and he has earned $852,772.

Danjer has won five stakes, including the July 7, $63,000 Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge (G3), and the 2018 All American Juvenile Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Eagles Fly Higher finished third, a half of a length behind the runner-up. Charlies Fury was fourth, followed by  Heza Blues Man and Walcott. Stripsteak was eighth,  followed by Frog Nation and Jesstafiably Jess.

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