Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship

Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship

Danjer wins Remington Park's richest race for aged runners for the third consecutive year.

Danjer. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Danjer, a 7-year-old son of champion FDD Dynasty and the sport's 2021 world champion, earned his 12th Grade 1 win in Saturday's 440-yard, $274,630 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship (G1) at Remington Park.

Racing for Downtime Enterprises LLC, Billy G. Smith, and trainer Dean Frey, Danjer was a prompt 1-5 favorite, as the brown gelding covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.157, and his margin of victory was a clear two lengths from 12-1 longshot Nothin Like You. With his win, Danjer joined world champion Tailor Fit (1999-2001) as the only horse to win Remington Park's richest and most prestigious race for aged runners three consecutive years.

Danjer accomplished his win despite throwing a shoe at the midway point of the race.

"I saw it fly up,” said Calderon. “I still never had to ask him. He just kept on. He’s an incredible horse.”

Danjer earned a 108 speed index while banking the $164,034 winner's share of the purse. The gelding returned a $2.40 win mutuel and teamed with Nothin Like You for an $11.60 ($2) exacta.

Danjer was bred in Oklahoma by Frey. During his career, which began with a seventh-place finish in a maiden-special-weight dash at Remington Park on May 19, 2018, Danjer has won 22 of 35 races -- including 17 of 24 at the classic 440-yard distance and five of nine at Remington -- and he has earned $2,499,432, placing him third on the sport's all-time earnings list behind only Ochoa ($2,779,265) and KJ Desperado ($2,772,603).

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