Challenge Berths Decided at Lone Star Park

Jess Paint Your Lips, Zoomin Racer earn regional Championship berths on Friday.

Q-Racing Journal

Cody Jensen rode Jess Paint Your Lips to a half-length victory in Friday's Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Facing a full field of a dozen aged fillies and mares, Michael A. Pohl's Jess Paint Your Lips led at every call en route to a half-length victory in Friday's $37,260 Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge Stakes at Lone Star Park.

Jess Paint Your Lips went 400 yards in :19.567 on a muddy and sealed track under jockey Cody Jensen. Stacy Charette-Hill prepped the 4-year-old homebred daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue, who was winning for the sixth time in seven outs and earning a starting berth in the October 14, $105,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.

 
Fernando Carrete's Zoomin Racer
earned his first stakes win in
Friday's AQHA Lone Star Distance
Challenge. PHOTO: Dustin Orona
Photography

Jess Paint Your Lips was bred in Oklahoma, and the mare making just her second start of the season. Raced in four states, Jess Paint Your Lips has earned $72,632, and her two career stakes victories include last year's Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge.

Jess Paint Your Lips returned a $3.60 win mutuel as the 4-5 favorite. One Sweet Sign, a 23-1 longshot, finished second and was followed by Million Dollar Kiss, Kokko Wagon, Zenergetic, Rock Wit Cha Baby, Lonestar Shaker, Bm Casina Royale, One Famous Shaker, Sierra Madre B, The California Girl, and Im Bigtime Southern.

Also on Friday, Zoomin Racer extended his win streak to three with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $31,410 AQHA Lone Star Distance Challenge Stakes (G3).

Owned and trained by Fernando Carrete, Zoomin Racer went 870 yards on a muddy and sealed surface in :45.791 and returned a $5 win mutuel as the 3-2 favorite in the full field of eight. Ricky Ramirez rode the 4-year-old Jess Zoomin gelding.

Zoomin Racer was bred by AQHA past president Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, and he was coming off of a summer campaign at Albuquerque Downs where he won a pair of allowance races at the 870 trip. The gelding has won four of 14 races, and the $15,077 winner's share of the purse boosted his bankroll to $50,074, of which $37,667 has been earned this year.

Zoomin Racer has raced in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, and he was a finalist in last year's 400-yard Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge at Ruidoso Downs. His win on Friday earned him a berth in the October 14, $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.

Aces Over Five, a 26-1 longshot, finished second. Fire On The Fly, Jessa Little Rusty, Bet I Make U Famous, CJs Rockhard N Ready, The Field Cricket, and Por Amor completed the order of finish.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.