Will Rogers Downs Challenge Recap
Three regional berths were decided in Oklahoma on Sunday.
September 23, 2017
The Garza Laurel Partnership's Tempting Annee GL parlayed a quick start from post 7 into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $47,700 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.
Ridden by Mario Delgado for trainer R.L. "Rick" Robinson, Tempting Annee GL covered 350 yards in :17.459 while defeating Fast Prize Rumor by a clear 1 3/4 lengths. In addition to banking the $21,942 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory, the bay daughter of champion Tempting Dash landed a berth in the October 14, $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa.
Tempting Annee GL was bred in Texas by Francisco Javier Garza, and she is out of the winning Devon Lane (TB) mare Grande Annee. Her second dam, the Tiny's Gay mare Hug Tiny, won the 1982 Alameda Handicap at Centennial Racetrack near Denver.
Raced exclusively in Oklahoma, Tempting Annee GL has won three of five starts and has earned $31,942.
Olena Sangria, Tres Of Elegants, Talladega Hotrod, Ivory Trader, Its A Blackjack, Mr Eye Opening Task, Easy Money Jess, and JC Yellow Rose completed the order of finish.
Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge
Sent to post as the even-money choice in a field of 10 sophomores, JC Wild Rose rewarded her backers with a three-quarter length win in Sunday's 400-yard, $45,360 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge.
JC Wild Rose earned a 94 speed index while stopping the timer in :19.812. Mario Delgado rode the sorrel filly by Apollitical Jess for owner Jose Cervantes and trainer Carlos Ruiz.
JC Wild Rose was bred in Oklahoma by her owner. The filly has won four of 13 races, and the $20,866 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win pushed her bankroll to $84,452, all of which has been pocketed in Oklahoma.
Eye Eye Captain ran second, three-quarters of a length in front of third-place Famousist. Rarest Ivory, Black Veil, Taurus, Gypsys Last Hero, Country Admiral, Just Mandela Courage, and Foot Loose N Mighty completed the order of finish.
AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge
Pat Hybarger's Trubador Dan, a 4-year-old sorrel gelding by the Shazoom stallion Pool, outran his 7-1 odds to win Sunday's $35,370 AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge.
Prepped by Eddie Willis, who gave a leg up to jockey Alfredo Triana Jr., Trubador Dan went 870 yards in :45.417, and his winning margin was a head from Thespeedprofessor. The gelding returned a $16.80 win mutuel and earned a 98 speed index while scoring his first career stakes victory.
Trubador Dan was coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign during which the gelding won an allowance race and ran third in the July 29, 1,000-yard Bobby Dan Crenshaw Stakes. He was bred in Texas by Charles Hale, and he has won four of 10 outs and has earned $46,639, of which $42,528 has been earned this year.
Madewll finished third, two lengths behind Trubador Dan, and was followed by Country Mans Jazz, Give It To Shaq, 4-5 favorite Rock A Billy, Srd Bobbin Coronas, Stolislilsecret, and Admiral Zoomwalt.
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