Stripsteak, a California-bred 4-year-old son of One Sweet Jess campaigned by Charles G. Stojan, dominated his competition in Friday's $39,443 Bank of America Evergreen Park Championship Challenge Stakes.
Ridden by Ricardo Moreno for trainer William Leech, Stripsteak covered 440 yards in :21.936 while defeating JD Wagon Boss by 1 1/4 lengths. The bay gelding earned $21,693 and a berth in the October 26, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Stripsteak was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. The gelding has won 10 of 16 starts, including two stakes, and he has banked $66,619.
Gone To Be Bright and Walters Cartel completed the order of finish.
Also on Friday, Honeys Painted Pop broke his maiden in the 350-yard, $34,581 John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge.
Racing for Tracey Beakstead, Bob Perlich, and trainer Buckey Stockwell, Honeys Painted Pop defeated odds-on favorite Light Footed by 1 1/2 lengths in :18.346. D.I. Benitez rode the brown Oklahoma-bred son of PYC Paint Your Wagon.
Honeys Painted Pop was bred by Gary Kurz, and the gelding sold for $20,000 at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. He has earned $17,397 from two outs.
Double Cruise finished third and was followed by Suits and Eyesa Cruiser.
Charles G. Stojan's True Copy was a prompt odds-on favorite in Friday's $22,253 ARC Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge.
Ridden by Ricardo Moreno for trainer William Leech, True Copy covered 400 yards in :20.480, and her winning margin was a neck from First Prize Cruise. The gray 4-year-old daughter of TR Dasher banked $11,126 from her 11th win in 19 starts and third stakes victory.
True Copy was bred in California by Ed Allred, and she was an $18,000 yearling purchase by Stojan at the 2016 Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The mare has earned $79,711, and her resume includes a victory in the 2017 Canada Cup Futurity (RG3).
Atomic Blondie, Shez My Hero, Blink And Shez Gone, and Knotty Knita completed the order of finish.
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