Sky Bo Dash Wins Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge

The 440-yard stakes was one of three Challenge regional finals at Remington Park on Sunday.

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Sky Bo Dash and jockey Ricky Ramirez return to the Remington Park winner's circle after the gelding's victory in Sunday's Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Bobby Simmons' Sky Bo Dash sprinted to his first stakes victory in Sunday's 440-yard, $114,480 Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship (G2) at Remington Park.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Trey Wood, Sky Bo Dash covered his quarter-mile trip in :22.038 while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind, and his margin of victory was a head from Rockin Disco. In addition to banking the $52,661 winner's share of the purse, the 4-year-old gelding by Bodacious Dash landed a spot in the 440-yard, $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows on October 14.

"When they said 'go,' he broke about a length in front," said Ramirez. "We just took advantage of it. (Rockin Disco) was coming and he was getting to us with every stride, but we held them off and got the head bob."

Sky Bo Dash was bred in Texas by Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches. A resident of Breckenridge, Texas, Simmons purchased the gelding for $40,000 at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Sky Bo Dash has won four of his 14 starts while racing in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. A finalist in the 2015 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, he has banked $215,300.

Time For Wine sprinted to a one-length
win in Sunday's Merial Oklahoma Distaff
Challenge. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

Three Olives N Smoke finished third, a half of a length behind Sky Bo Dash. A Royal Country Man, Torts On Fire, River Wind, Boogies Special Dash, Dynamite 123, Jr Zoomin Wootan, and 2-1 favorite Eos Corona N Chicks completed the order of finish.

Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge
Pete Scarmardo's Time For Wine came one step closer to successfully defending her Merial Challenge Championship title when she scored a convincing one-length win in Sunday's $53,190 Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge (G3).

Prepped by John Weghorst and ridden by James Flores against a reported 10-mph head wind, Time For Wine went 400 yards in :19.849. The California-bred 5-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry earned $24,467 and a spot in the October 14, $105,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows, a race she won last year when it was run at Los Alamitos.

Time For Wine was bred by Vessels Stallion Farm. She made her Remington Park debut on April 29, when she won the second of two trials by 1 1/2 lengths and recorded the fastest qualifying time.

All told, Time For Wine has won six of 19 starts, including three stakes, and she has earned $126,223.

Jess Envision finished second and was followed by Honeymoon Candy, Kokko Wagon, Yourtheoneinmyheart, Rock Wit Cha Baby, Sassy Irish Lassie, Diamonds For Codee, Shiner Blond, and Blacks Cartel.

AQHA Oklahoma Distance Challenge
Cjs Rocksolid made a bold move in the stretch to win Sunday's 870-yard, $57,330 AQHA Oklahoma Distance Challenge (G3).

Racing for Rockin J Running Horses of Gatesville, Texas, Cjs Rocksolid defeated Jessa Little Rusty by 2 1/2 lengths in :45.494. In addition to posting a 96 speed index, the 7-year-old sorrel son of Rock Solid Jess earned a spot in the 870-yard, $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows on October 14.

Josh Romero rode Cjs Rocksolid for trainer Tammy Kay Johnson.

"We knew the 4 horse (Thespeedprofessor) was going to break out of there with a lot of speed," Romero said. "My horse had a really good break and got right behind the speed, circled him and made a big run at the end."

Cjs Rocksolid scored his third career stakes win from post 2, and Johnson felt that was a key.

"He's nothing but heart, he's just full of heart," the trainer said. "We got lucky with a good draw, and he got to do his thing. Josh rode him perfectly."

A homebred, Cjs Rocksolid has won eight of 55 races and has earned $267,782.

Thespeedprofessor finished third, 3 1/4 lengths behind Cjs Rocksolid. Give It To Shaq, Juno Dat Timber, and Cjs Rockhard N Ready completed the order of finish. Admiral Zoomwalt and Quarter Focus were scratched.

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