Bank of America Challenge Championship

Bank of America Challenge Championship

Reigning world champion Danjer earns his ninth Grade 1 win.

Danjer. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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A trip to Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race for older runners is in the future for Danjer, as the sport's reigning world champion rolled to a 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $269,627 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Racing for Downtime Enterprises LLC, Billy G. Smith, and trainer Dean Frey, Danjer sprinted 440 yards in :21.646, missing by just 35/1000ths of a second the track record of :21.611 set by WRS Valentino on September 29 of this year. Cody Smith rode the 6-year-old gelded son of champion Fdd Dynasty.

"He's one of a kind," said Smith. "When you start riding him, you just want to let him do his thing and not mess him up. He slipped a little leaving tonight, but it didn't take him long to get his feet under him."

Danjer was bred in Oklahoma by Frey, who indicated that the gelding would make his next start in the December 10, $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course in December.

Danjer was making his first career start at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Raced in five states, the gelding has won 19 of 31 starts -- including 15 of 21 at the classic quarter-mile distance -- and the $124,028 winner's share of the purse from his 14th lifetime stakes victory increased his earnings to $1,967,068.

Danjer has won nine Grade 1 stakes, and he has won his last four outs, including the 440-yard, $250,000 Debbie Schauf Remington Invitational Championship (G1) on May 28, and the 440-yard, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1) on September 25.

Purty Darn Quick finished second and was followed by Apollitical Hero, His Time To Deal, Fly The Coup, Hez Our Money Secret, DF Storm Tales, Speed Dynasty, Dr Tool, and Gias Fred.

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