Rylees Bud Upsets Bank of America Sunland Challenge Championship

The gelded son of Heza Motor Scooter broke his maiden at odds of 11-1 Saturday at Sunland Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Making just his third official start, Bella A. Valenzuela's Rylees Bud wins Saturday's Grade 2, $100,000 Bank of America Sunland Challenge Championship. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Bella A. Valenzuela's Rylees Bud broke his maiden with a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's 440-yard, $100,000 Bank of America Sunland Challenge Championship (G2) at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Adrian Ramos for trainer Juan M. Gonzalez, Rylees Bud made his quarter-mile trip in :21.189 with the help of a 10-mph tail wind. The 5-year-old Heza Motor Scooter gelding returned a $25.80 win mutuel as the second-longest shot in the eight-horse field.

Rylees Bud was bred in Arizona by Gary D. Nesbitt. A full brother to champion Rylees Boy, the lightly raced gelding has earned $48,670 from three official starts.

In addition to earning the $48,000 winner's share of the purse from Saturday's win, Rylees Bud cinched a starting berth in the October 29, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Streakin Zoomer finished second and was followed by Jess Kid Rock, Mr Eye Opener Too, Southern Temptation, Don Quixote, Captain Cheve, and Vodka Rocks.

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