Jess Bein The Hero Draws Rail for Bank of America Texas Challenge

The 5-year-old stallion is the morning-line favorite for Saturday's feature at Sam Houston Race Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Jess Bein The Hero is one of 10 aged runners entered back in Saturday's Grade 2, 440-yard Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Jess Bein The Hero, the fastest qualifier and 2-1 morning-line favorite, drew the rail post for Saturday's 440-yard, $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Trained by Abelardo Flores Jr. for owner Juan F. Martinez-Labastida, Jess Bein The Hero made his season debut with a half-length victory in the first of two trials on March 31. The 5-year-old Valiant Hero stallion was coming off of a 2017 campaign during which he earned $77,000 from seven outs and won five stakes in Louisiana.

"The inside has been really good lately," said Flores, who sent Marfilous out to win last Saturday's Sam Houston Maiden Classic. "He came out of his trial fine, and I can't complain about his draw."

Jess Bein The Hero will be ridden by Jorge Linares.

Other contenders include RC Me Leaving You, a 6-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion trained by Jimmy Padgett for owners Bennie and Terri Jeter.  RC Me Leaving You ended his 5-year-old season with two stakes wins at Lone Star Park.

“He’s doing great,” reported Padgett. “He came into the trials off a layoff, with just one breeze. It looked like he slipped a little out of the gate, but he still came running. This horse has always run well in Houston and pretty much everywhere.”

The winner of this race will earn a berth in the Grade 1, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos this fall. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Jess Bein The Hero (Jorge Linares), 2-1
Flyingforunclesam (Noe Villatoro), 12-1
Tellereyematthebar (Juan F. Garcia Jr.), 8-1
RC Me Leaving You (Rodrigo Vallejo), 7-2
Ippolito (Luis F. Ruiz), 20-1
Dash Quick Perry (Francisco Calderon), 9-2
Wild Tycoon (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 6-1
EOS Corona N Chicks (Jesse Levario), 10-1
Careless Lightning (Rolando Cabrera), 15-1
Crying Eagle (Claudio Ponce Aguilar), 15-1

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