Eleven Entered in Bank of America California Challenge

The Grade 1-placed Dutcher is the morning-line choice Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Sunday's Bank of America California Challenge Championship has drawn 11 aged runners.

Eleven aged runners, topped by morning-line favorite Dutcher, have been entered in Sunday's 440-yard, $74,070 Bank of America California Challenge Stakes (G3) at Los Alamitos.

The winner of this race will earn a berth in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on October 29, a stakes that gives its winner a starting slot in the Champion of Champions (G1) in December.

A 4-year-old homebred son of Apollitical Jess, Dutcher is trained by Juan Aleman for owners Jumonville Farms and Brian Ranch. The gelding is coming off of a second-place finish, a neck behind winner He Looks Hot, in the 400-yard, $152,000 Vessels Maturity (G1) on July 3.

Dutcher drew post 3 and will be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio. Other contenders include Fire Fortune, a homebred 4-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding owned and trained by Jaime Gomez. Fire Fortune is making a relatively quick turnaround off of his third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Flay, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders' Championship (RG1) on July 30.

Fire Fortune will be ridden by Rodrigo Aceves from the rail post.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Fire Fortune (Rodrigo Aceves), 7-2
Eclipse Through Time (Minor Arana), 50-1
Dutcher (Eduardo Nicasio), 8-5
Jess A Cowboy (Tony Guymon), 15-1
He Is The Risingstar (Joe Badilla Jr.), 6-1
SS Paydirt (Oscar Peinado), 30-1
Jake Gold BR (Cesar DeAlba), 15-1
BH Lisas Boy (Jesus Rios Ayala), 4-1
Lotta Dynasty (Cruz Mendez), 15-1
BF Farm Boss (Carlos M. Marquez), 20-1
Ima Polaris (Uriel Dominguez), 10-1

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