Im Beau Brown Shocks BofA Oklahoma Challenge

The 6-year-old gelding earns one of three Challenge Championship spots on the line Sunday at Remington Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Im Beau Brown earned his first stakes win in Sunday's Bank of America Oklahoma Championship Challenge at Remington Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Juan Pulido rode Im Beau Brown to an upset victory in Sunday's 440-yard, $107,820 Bank of America Oklahoma Championship Challenge Stakes (G2) at Remington Park.

Sent to post at odds of 29-1 and racing against a 10-mph head wind, Im Beau Brown defeated 7-2 third choice Rockin Disco by a nose in :22.046. Julio Corral prepped the 6-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding for owner Desiderio Nava of LaSalle, Colorado.

Im Beau Brown's trip to the winner's circle was his first since March 12, 2015, when he scored an allowance victory at Remington Park. The gelding was bred in Missouri by Larry J. Kist.

In addition to landing a starting berth in the October 29, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos, Im Beau Brown banked $49,597 to push his earnings to $142,289. He has won six of 30 outs, and his Oklahoma Championship Challenge score marked his first career stakes victory.

I Bleed Red finished third and was followed by 13-10 favorite Exquisite Stride, Royal Country Man, Admiral Zoomwalt, Valiant Approach, Jess Rockn, and Savanna Slim.

Two other Challenge Championship night berths were earned at Remington Park on Sunday. Bullard Farms' Fire On The Fly, a homebred 6-year-old gray son of Jet Cartel, rallied to win the Grade 3, $58,680 Zoetis Oklahoma Distance Challenge.

 
 
Bullard Farms' Fire On The Fly got up to
win Sunday's Zoetis Oklahoma
Distance Challenge. PHOTO: Dustin
Orona Photography



Ridden by Donell Blake for trainer Tommy Bullard, Fire On The Fly covered 870 yards in :45.763, and his winning margin was a nose from Painted Josy. Daring And Dashing, the 11-10 favorite in the field of seven, finished third, 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner.

"I didn't really want to push him so I could have a little more horse on the end so he could kick on," said Blake. "I saw (CR Tuckernuck and Painted Josy) throw a little early speed, and I just thought I didn't want to hook them right then.

"The shortest way home is to go to the fence (off the turn), but they closed the hole on me so I had to grab him and get back out," added the rider. "He's a great horse."

Fire On The Fly has won 13 of 30 races, including his last five outs, and the $28,166 winner's share of the Oklahoma Distance Challenge purse pushed his earnings to $205,572. The gelding's win streak includes the April 9 Zoetis Sam Houston Distance Challenge Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park, and the January 9 Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

CR Tuckernuck, CJs Rocksolid, Juno Dat Timber, and Mixed Fantasy completed the order of finish.

Getting Even rallied from the center of the track to win the Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge (G3) on Sunday.

Prepped by Mike Robbins for owner Christine Hudson, Getting Even went 400 yards in :20.050 under jockey Omar Reyes. The winner's share of the $48,600 purse bumped the 3-year-old daughter of champion One Famous Eagle's earnings to $28,166.

 
Christine Hudson's Getting Even scored
her first stakes win in Sunday's Merial
Oklahoma Distance Challenge. PHOTO:
Dustin Orona Photography



Reyes picked up the mount on Getting Even when Cody Jensen was injured earlier this week.

"She did it easy," said Reyes of Getting Even's trip. "She didn't break to well, but she came running down the racetrack. I got after her a little bit and she started running. It made my job easy.

Getting Even was bred by Gus Barakis' Scarlett Hill Farm at Weatherford, Texas. The filly has won two of her five starts while racing in New Mexico and Oklahoma.

"We always knew she had this (type of a race) in her," said Robbins. "Last year she had a few little problems along the way. Christine was good enough to let me rest her most of the summer and all winter, and she's really come back into herself."

Getting Even's winning margin was one length from Eyesa Good One. Honeymoon Candy finished third and was followed by Miss Racy Fire, Tntyfour Karat Rock, 13-10 favorite Send Me This Wagon, Zooming Separatist, SM Miss Joy Rose, Rock Princess, and Country Club Chick.

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