Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship Preview

Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship Preview

Danjer, the sport's 2021 world champion, is the morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade 1, 440-yard stakes.

Danjer. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

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Danjer, the sport's world champion in 2021, is the morning-line favorite for Saturday's 440-yard, $250,000-added Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship (G1).

Made the even-money morning-line choice by track linemaker Jerry Shottenkirk, Danjer is a homebred 7-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty racing for trainer Dean Frey, Downtime Enterprises LLC, and Billy G. Smith. The Oklahoma-bred gelding made his season debut with a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the 400-yard, $111,240 Leo Stakes (G1) on May 6.

Danjer has won 21 of 34 races, including the last two runnings of the Debbie Schauf Remington Park Championship, and he has earned $2,335,398, ranking him third on the sport's all-time career earnings list behind only Ochoa ($2,779,265) and KJ Desperado ($2,772,603). The gelding drew post 9 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon.

Danjer's nine opponents include Head Patron, a homebred 4-year-old Zoomin For Bux gelding trained by Waylan Melton for owner Brant Barley. Head Patron won two stakes during last year's Horseshoe Indianapolis meet, and he opened his 2023 campaign with a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length win in the March 25, 350-yard Eastex Stakes (G2) at Remington Park.

Head Patron drew post 2 and will be ridden by Juan Pulido.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Apollitical Gold (Jimmy Brooks), 15-1
Head Patron (Juan Pulido), 5-1
Stone Cold Leader (Mario Delgado), 20-1
Delight Us All (Raul Valenzuela), 15-1
Flash Bak (Rolando Raudales), 10-1
A Tres of Eagle (Ruben Castro), 8-1
Nothin Like You (Stormy Smith), 6-1
Apollitical Redflash (Jorge Torres), 20-1
Danjer (Francisco Calderon), Even
Jess My Hocks (Javier Hernandez-Gallardo), 20-1

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