Will Rogers Downs
Will Rogers Downs
Four regional berths to the October 26 Bank of America Challenge Championships at Albuquerque Downs were earned at Will Rogers Downs on Sunday.
Following are recaps of all four stakes.
John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge
Jose Vega rode Jay Number 7 to a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $45,628 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge Stakes.
Prepped by Samuel Valdivia for owner Dustin R. Cox and sent to post as the 9-10 favorite, Jay Number 7 covered 350 yards in :17.685 while defeating 3-1 second choice Valiant Lota by 1 1/2 lengths. The homebred son of Im A Fancy PYC earned $20,989 from his fifth win in eight starts and first stakes score.
Jay Number 7 was bred in Oklahoma. The gelding is out of First Ginlark, a 7-year-old daughter of the First Down Dash stallion My First Moon and the winner of the 2014 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge.
Jay Number 7 has earned $124,943, and his resume includes a fifth-place finish in the June 1 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.
Rrelentless, Target Locked, Beaus Blood, Americanna, Shakem Six Cartel, Ima Secret Daisy, Candy Mystique, and A Kool Injun completed the order of finish.
Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge
Charlies Fury, a homebred son of Furyofthewind campaigned by Tom and Kathleen McNally, dominated his competition in Sunday's $40,953 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge.
Ridden by Agustin Silva for trainer Michelle Hurdle, Charlies Fury covered 400 yards in :19.648, and his winning margin was a clear 2 1/4 lengths from Miss Perrys Tres. The Oklahoma-bred gelding returned a $2.80 win mutuel as the 2-5 favorite in the field of eight sophomores.
Charlies Fury was making his first start since June 1, when he ran third in the 400-yard Heritage Place Derby (G3) at Remington Park. Raced exclusively in Oklahoma, the gelding has won four of 10 outs, including three of five this season, and the $19,657 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $163,587.
Heroes Image ran third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Charlies Fury, and was followed by Might B Magic, Devil Of Ramadi, Throw Th Dice, Smokin Dynasty, and Tac My Wagon.
AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge
Ms Esther rallied to win Sunday's 870-yard, $33,847 AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge.
Owned and trained by Jordan Baumann, Ms Esther defeated Madewell by one length in :45.576. Alfredo Triana Jr. rode the 5-year-old sorrel daughter of Afrashad (TB).
Ms Esther was bred in Oklahoma by Duwyne and Janice Pfeifle. The gelding has won seven of 12 races and has banked $123,140, and he won two 870 stakes during the Remington Park spring meet: the April 4 Pauls Valley Stakes (G2) and May 12 AQHA Remington Distance Challenge (G3).
Eye M Smokin, Bout Tree Fiddy,Cartel Attitude, and FDS Of Seattle completed the order of finish.
ARC Will Rogers Distaff Challenge
A 10-1 longshot in a field of seven fillies and mares, Stetson Hurlbert's Preyn Onthe Mountain won Sunday's $31,229 ARC Will Rogers Distaff Challenge.
Preyn Onthe Mountain covered 400 yards in :19.863 while defeating 16-1 longshot DF Apollitical Sign by a neck. Jimmy Brooks rode the 4-year-old Ivory James mare for trainer Eddie Willis.
Preyn Onthe Mountain was bred in Oklahoma by Dr. Steve Hurlbert. Raced exclusively in Oklahoma, she has won three of nine starts, and the $15,302 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win increased her earnings to $65,275.
Tempting Annee GL, the 13-10 favorite, ran third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, and was followed by Trace Dynasty, Queen Of The Kartel, Olena Sangria, and Mystical Jess.
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