Three Geldings Earn Challenge Championship Berths at Emerald Downs
Secretly Fast, Rare Ed, and Cm Boom Shakalaka win on Sunday.
August 19, 2017
Making his first official start of the season, Ernesto Ruiz's Secretly Fast outran his 60-1 odds to win Sunday's 440-yard, $59,670 Bank of America Emerald Challenge Championship Stakes at Emerald Downs.
Secretly Fast covered his quarter-mile trip in :22.167, and his margin of victory was a head from Lebron 6, who was disqualified from second and placed 11th for veering out and bumping several rivals. Leonardo Gonzalez rode the 4-year-old No Secrets Here gelding for trainer Ernesto Olmos.
Secretly Fast was bred in Oregon by Donald and Peggy Boyle, longtime breeders whose homebreds include champion Strawkins. The gelding was making his first official start since December 4, when he finished sixth in a 400-yard, $9,500 overnight handicap dash at Portland Meadows.
Secretly Fast has won three of 14 starts. In addition to banking the $26,852 winner's share of the purse to bump his earnings to $38,796, he landed a starting spot in the October 14, $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa.
Air Force Won, the 1-2 favorite in the field of 11, was placed second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $374.60. L Bar D Genuine Red, Sorelli, Tic Tac Attack, Flyin Rocks, Jesses Claim Ta Fame, Seperatefromdarest, Surf N Turf Dude, Gone Fast, and Lebron 6 completed the official order of finish.
AQHA Emerald Distance Challenge
Rare Ed made his first start over the track a winning one, as the 6-year-old son of champion Dean Miracle rallied to win the $18,720 AQHA Emerald Distance Challenge Stakes.
Trained by Roddina Barrett for owner Martin Marin and sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in the field of six, Rare Ed went 870 yards in :45.826 while defeating 5-2 second choice Hes A Bugln by a neck under jockey Osvaldo Gonzalez. The bay gelding banked the $9,360 winner's share of the purse, and he landed a starting berth in the October 14, $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Champioshipp (G1) at Prairie Meadows, a race he won last year's when it was contested at Los Alamitos.
Rare Ed was bred in Illinois by Ronald H. Martin. He has won six of 30 starts, including three of 11 at the 870 distance, and he has earned $102,797.
Eyes Movin finished third, two lengths behind Rare Ed, and was followed by Quattro Dude, Hyho Travio, and Bitaheaven.
John Deere Emerald Juvenile Challenge
Randy Dickerson's Cm Boom Shakalaka, a homebred son of champion Carters Cartel, led at every call en route to a one-length victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $20,160 John Deere Emerald Juvenile Challenge Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Ridden by Luis F. Gonzalez for trainer Nick Lowe, Cm Boom Shakalaka covered his 350-yard trip in :17.958 and posted a 96 speed index while aided by a reported 8-mph tail wind. The Oregon-bred gelding earned $8,870 and a berth in the $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows in October.
Cm Boom Shakalaka was coming off of an eighth-place finish in the 350-yard, $104,000 Bitterroot Futurity at Sandy Downs in Idaho. He has won three of four outs and has banked $13,681.
I Deliver, Warhock, Sweet Dream Demon, Lil Attitude, L Bar D Razle Dazle, Bunnys Best Advise, Dont Hezitate, Sharps, L Bar D Classic Trip, Diva Has It, and Inseperable Two completed the order of finish.
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