Challenge Doubleheader Sunday at Canterbury Park

AJs High is the morning-line favorite for Sunday's 440-yard Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge.

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Michael Teel's AJs High, pictured here winning the Sooner State Stakes for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park, heads a field of eight in Sunday's Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

AJs High, a multiple graded stakes winning 4-year-old gelding trained by Charlton Hunt for Michael C. Teel, is the 2-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 440-yard, $65,000 Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge at Canterbury Park.

AJs High won all three of his starts during the Remington Park spring meet, all against stakes company. The homebred son of Apollitical Jess has won 11 of 16 starts and has earned $463,261.

Stormy Smith will ride AJs High from post 6.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Racy Casanova (Brayan Velazquez), 15-1
Spirit Or Dash (Erick Cruz), 30-1
Famous Bank (Cesar Esqueda), 8-1
There Goes My Wallet (Roberto Valero), 6-1
Macgyver Moonflash (Jose G. Tapia), 20-1
AJs High (Stormy Smith), 2-5
Fantsy Pants (Jose Montoya), 15-1
Fiftyshadezofgrey (Berkley Packer), 12-1

Also on Sunday, a large field of 11 fillies and mares has been entered in the 400-yard, $30,000 Merial Canterbury Distaff Challenge.

Cartel Rosie, a 4-year-old daughter of champion Carters Cartel racing for Butch Wise’s Stone Chase Stables, drew post 6 and will be ridden by Roberto Valero for trainer Kasey Willis. Cartel Rosie made her season debut with a third-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Pollitical Scorpion, in the 350-yard, $70,000 Easy Date Handicap (RG3) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park on May 29.

Other contenders include Barbara Barley’s Bye Bye Birdy, a homebred 4-year-old Hawkinson mare trained by Casey Black. Bye Bye Birdy is coming off of a third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner This Candys Awesome, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Junos Request Stakes (G2) at Remington on June 4.

Bye Bye Birdy drew post 5 and will be ridden by Stormy Smith.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Political Nonsense (Jose Montoya), 12-1
Send Me This Wagon (Chase Clark), 4-1
Cartel Dakota (Brayan Velazquez), 20-1
My Girls Toasted (Nik Goodwin), 10-1
Bye Bye Birdy (Stormy Smith), 7-2
Cartel Rosie (Roberto Valero), 3-1
Bad Girl Phase (David Pinon), 20-1
Fortune In A Wagon (Jorge Torres), 5-1
Splishsplash (Trevino Clark Jr.), 20-1
Blacks Cartel (Erick Cruz), 15-1
Volcom Star (Marcus Swiontek), 30-1

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