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Turf Paradise presents Challenge stakes tripleheader on Sunday.
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Three regional Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes will be contested on Turf Paradise’s eight-race Sunday program.

Post time for the first race, the 870-yard, $21,973 ARC Turf Paradise Distance Challenge, is set for 1:25 p.m. MST.

Jess Move You, a 4-year-old son of world champion Apollitical Jess racing for Ricardo A. Bernal and Reymundo F. Resendez, is one of 11 aged runners entered in Sunday’s 440-yard, $46,657 Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge.

Jess Move You is coming off of a sophomore campaign during which he earned $496,834 from a dozen starts and scored a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1). The gelding also was a finalist in the Grade 1, 440-yard Rainbow Derby, and the Grade 1, 440-yard All American Derby.

Jess Move You drew post 9 and will be ridden by Alonso Rivera. His 10 opponents include Larry Stark’s Jess A Cowboy, a homebred 7-year-old Dejon gelding trained by Matt Fales. Jess A Cowboy is coming off of a clear two-length victory in the December 30, 440-yard Turf Paradise Championship Stakes, and he ran fifth, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner BH Lisas Boy, in the 440-yard, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos in November.

Jess A Cowboy drew post 6 and will be ridden by Mark Jasso.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:

Nicos Favoritecartel (Juan C. Rivas)
May Be Fantastic SA (Juan C. Ramirez)
Texas Tornadoe (Luis A. Valenzuela)
Bay Max (Jesus Virgen)
Walk It Man (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
Jess A Cowboy (Mark Jasso)
Apollitical Brooke (Irving Delgado-Bustillos)
Beduinos Royalcorona (Kevin Carbajal)
Jess Move You (Alonso Rivera)
Movin The Doe (J.R. Ramirez)
Pirate Coves Hero (Emilio Tapia)

Also on Sunday, a full field of 10 2-year-olds has been entered back in the 350-yard, $40,205 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge. Fastest qualifier Determined Cowboy, a brown son of Hes Relentless owned and trained by Armando Castellanos and the fastest qualifier, made his career debut with a neck victory in the first of two trials on April 7. The gelding drew post 5 and will be ridden by Martin Osuna.

Six distance specialists have been entered in the ARC Turf Paradise Distance Challenge. Victor Diaz’s Dan The Flashman, a 4-year-old son of champion First Moonflash trained by Martin Orona Jr., few post 6 and will be ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz. The New Mexico-bred gelding is undefeated at the 870-yard distance, and he ended his 3-year-old season with two 870-yard allowance victories at Zia Park.

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