Visual Magic, Jess Twice Cash Land Challenge Championship Berths

The two runners both won stakes at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

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Visual Magic wins the Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

On Saturday, two more Bank of America Challenge Championship berths were secured at Lone Star Park.

Fastest qualifier Visual Magic, a 3-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel owned by Turner Farms, won the 400-yard, $47,880 Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge and qualified to the Grade 1, $100,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship, and Ty Remington’s Jess Twice Cash earned a spot in the 870-yard, $100,000 Zoetis Distance Challenge Championship (G1) by winning Saturday’s $41,220 Zoetis Lone Star Distance Challenge.

Both races will be run at Lone Star Park on November 7.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Gilbert Aguirre III and sent to post as the 11-10 favorite, Visual Magic defeated 20-1 longshot Cheyenne Hero by one length in :19.722. The filly banked $22,504 to push her earnings to $49,818, of which $48,068 has been collected this year.

Visual Magic was bred in California by Legacy Ranch Inc. The filly has won four of nine outs, and she was a finalist in the March 21 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.

Remington also trains Jess Twice Cash, a 5-year-old son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue. Also ridden by Ramirez, the stallion went 870 yards in :45.933 and earned a 92 speed index, and his winning margin was two lengths from Jessa Little Rusty.

Jess Twice Cash was winning for the sixth time in 20 races and boosting his bankroll to $55,068. The stallion was bred in Texas by Garlyn O. Shelton. He ran fourth in this race last year.

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