AJs High Wins Grade 1, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship
The multiple graded stakes winner earns a berth in this year's Champion of Champions.
October 28, 2016
AJs High, a homebred 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess trained by Charlton Hunt for owner Michael C. Teel, earned his 10th lifetime stakes victory in Saturday's 440-yard, $353,500 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.
Under jockey Stormy Smith, AJs High made his quarter-mile trip in :21.540 while defeating 3-5 favorite BH Lisas Boy by a head. The Oklahoma-bred gelding banked the $155,540 winner's share of the purse, and he landed a berth in the 440-yard, $600,000 Champion of Champions on December 10.
"He's been really good lately, and he behaved so well tonight," said Smith. "He was great in the paddock and just ran a perfect race. He's been his worst enemy so many times, but not tonight."
AJs High was making his first-ever start at Los Alamitos. All told, he has won 13 of 20 races and has earned $675,114, of which $345,029 has been banked this season. The gelding won three graded stakes at Remington Park last spring, including the 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (G1) for Oklahoma-breds on May 29.
Eyesa Famous Eagle ran third, a half of a length behind AJs High. Heat Warning, Tempting Valor, Jrc Callas First, Jess A Cowboy, Rockin Disco, Stella Corona, Bf Farm Boss, Cruisinfourabruisin, and Fantsy Pants completed the order of finish.
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