Challenge Trials Featured on Will Rogers Sunday Program

Juvenile and Derby Challenge trials set for Sunday.

Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Oklahoma, will host two sets of Challenge trials on Sunday.

Robbin Caldwell’s Olena Sangria, a homebred chestnut daughter of Dashair, is one of 28 2-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 350-yard John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge trials at Will Rogers Downs.

Olena Sangria has earned $49,758 from four races, and she was a finalist in the 350-yard, $1.155-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park on June 3. The filly drew post 3 and will be ridden by Larry Payne for trainer Tana Caldwell in the first of four trials.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Saturday’s trials will meet in the September 24, $32,500-added John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge final.

Also on Sunday, Denis and Julie Schoenhofer’s Famousist will make his next start in the first of two 400-yard Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge trials.

A bay son of champion Separatist trained by Jose Gamez, Famousist will be stretching out in distance off of his third-place finish, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Born To B Bad, in the 350-yard, $67,000 Speedhorse Derby at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. The gelding’s season resume includes a second-place run, a neck behind winner Myst Fit, in the March 25, $251,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park.

Famousist drew the rail post and will be ridden by Omar Reyes.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $32,500-added final on September 24.

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