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Challenge Undercard Stakes

A recap of all five Challenge undercard stakes at Albuquerque Downs.

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Following is a recap of all five undercard stakes on Saturday's Bank of America Challenge Championships card at Albuquerque Downs.

Lobo Derby
Sent to post as the 1-5 favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds, Jess Saying sprinted to a neck victory in the $35,000 Lobo Derby.

Jess Saying went 400 yards in :19.696 under jockey Mauro Salcedo. Cynthia Gonzalez prepped the sorrel daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry for owners Jimmy Vasquez and Angela D. Vasquez.

Jess Saying was bred in Texas by Jerry Windham, a longtime breeder who was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2006. The filly was coming off of a neck victory in the 400-yard, $154,600 La Fiesta Derby at Albuquerque Downs on September 22.

Campaigned in New Mexico and Oklahoma, Jess Saying has won four of 14 starts, including three of five at Albuquerque Downs, and the $18,200 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes victory increased her earnings to $184,365.

High Flyn Eagle ran second and was followed by Im Living You Larry, Everybodyneedsahero, and Jess Like A Chick.

Casino at The Downs Stakes
M.C. Stucks' Damn Strait was successful in his first-ever start in New Mexico, as the 5-year-old son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Dominyun won Saturday's $40,000 Casino at The Downs Stakes.

Ridden by Jorge Torres for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill, Damn Strait covered 440 yards in :21.567 while defeating Walcott by a head. The sorrel gelding banked $22,400 from his fifth win in 24 outs and first stakes score.

Damn Strait was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox. Raced in four states, the gelding has earned $180,301, and his resume includes a second-place finish, a three-quarters of a length behind winner Three Olives N Smoke, in the 440-yard, $60,682 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2) on September 14.

This Is A Deal Too finished third and was followed by Faster Than Hasta.

Sandia Stakes
Stolis Pro, a homebred 8-year-old son of champion Stoli campaigned by Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, scored a half-length victory in Saturday's $30,000 Sandia Stakes.

Prepped by Leon Bard, Stolis Pro covered 870 yards in :45.209 under jockey Francisco Calderon. The bay gelding returned a $5.40 win mutuel as the 17-10 favorite in the field of seven distance specialists.

Stolis Pro was coming off of a wire-to-wire, four-length victory in the 870-yard, $15,000 San Marcos Stakes at Retama Park, and he was making just his second start of the season. The gelding has won 15 of 37 races, including 14 of 22 at the 870 trip, and the $14,700 winner's share of the purse from his sixth stakes score pushed his bankroll to $153,256, of which $138,043 has been earned from his 870-yard starts.

J Boy A, Edelman, Funny Munny, Heza Eagle, Move Over Rover, and First Down Action completed the order of finish.

Albuquerque Juvenile Stakes
Mauro Salcedo rode Aggressive Driver to the gelding's first stakes win in Saturday's 350-yard, $30,000 Albuquerque Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Racing for Ricardo A. Bernal and Reymundo Resendez, Aggressive Driver defeated Eyesa Forrest by three-quarters of a length in :17.514. Mario Fernandez prepped the California-bred Mr Jess Perry gelding.

Aggressive Driver was bred by the late John Andreini, and he was stretching out in distance off of his wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in a 330-yard, $33,858 non-winners-of-two allowance dash at Zia Park on October 5. The gelding is out of Designateddriver,  a winning 12-year-old daughter of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel. His second dam, the winning Leaving Memories mare Elaines Fantasy, ran third in the 2002 AQHA Oklahoma Distaff Challenge Stakes (G3) at Remington Park.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Aggressive Driver has won three of seven starts and has earned $39,496.

Pitchforks Panther finished third and was followed by Noreason Fordiamonds, Kelly Call Me, Highest Rate In Town, Wagonfullofdarlings, Como Cartel, and VF First Brave Stan.

Pitre GMC Distaff Stakes
Sinsational Tacha outran her 12-1 odds to win Saturday's $35,000 Pitre GMC Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Paul Garcia for owner Alejandro Arbazala Jr. and trainer Martin Orona Sr., Sinsational Tacha covered 400 yards in :19.731 while racing against a reported 7-mph head wind, and her margin of victory was a nose from 11-10 favorite Cat Daddys Lil Girl. The 5-year-old daughter of champion Tempting Dash earned $17,500 from her first stakes score.

Sinsational Tacha was bred in Texas by Bob and Jerry Gaston. The mare has won four of 22 starts and has banked $80,096, and she was a finalist in the 2017 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge at Ruidoso Downs.

Our Lady Wagon, Trace Dynasty, C Breeze, and Jess Adalida completed the order of finish.

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