AJs High Extends Win Streak in Bank of America Canterbury Challenge

The 3-10 favorite responded to the challenge at Canterbury Park on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Sent to post as the odds-on favorite, Michael Teel's AJs High responded with a victory in the Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge on Sunday. PHOTO: Coady Photography

AJs High, a homebred 4-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding owned by Michael Teel of Columbia, Missouri, extended his win streak to four in Sunday's $66,690 Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge at Canterbury Park.

Ridden by Stormy Smith for trainer Charlton Hunt and sent to post as the 3-10 favorite, AJs High covered 440 yards in :21.919 while defeating 3-1 second choice There Goes My Wallet by a head. The gelding was winning for the 12th time in 17 outs, and the $33,345 winner's share of the purse increased his bankroll to $496,606.

"That was closer than I thought it would be," said Teel. "You never count it until the race is done."

AJs High is known for his pre-race antics, and Sunday was no exception, as the gelding dropped Smith prior to loading.

"He just threw his head and sat down like a big dog," said Smith.

Raced in four states, AJs High has won nine stakes, and his three stakes wins during this year's Remington Park spring meet included the 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) for Oklahoma-breds on May 29. The gelding's victory on Sunday earned him a spot in the October 29, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Famous Bank ran third, 1 3/4 lengths behind AJs High. Fantsy Pants, Macgyver Moonflash, and Spirit Or Dash completed the order of finish.

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