Jess Bein The Hero Dominates Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship

The 5-year-old Valiant Hero stallion extends his win streak on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Jess Bein The Hero dominated his opposition in Saturday's Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship. PHOTO: Coady Photography

A sharp break from his rail post helped Jess Bein The Hero score a wire-to-wire, 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday's 440-yard, $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Ridden by Jorge Linares and sent to post as the 9-10 favorite in a field of eight aged runners, Jess Bein The Hero covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.678 while racing against a reported 12-mph head wind. Abelardo Flores Jr. saddled the 5-year-old Valiant Hero stallion for owner Juan F. Martinez-Labastida.

Jess Bein The Hero, the fastest qualifier, made his season debut with a half-length win in the first of two trials on March 31. The stallion was bred in Texas by Curtis Crenwelge, and he extended his winning streak to four on Saturday.

"I knew he would run well, as the inside has been really good lately," said Flores. "We'll see how he comes out of the race and where we will go next."

In addition to earning the $31,133 winner's share of the purse, Jess Bein The Hero landed a spot in this year's 440-yard, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Jess Bein The Hero has won nine of 12 starts and has banked $144,086, and his five stakes wins include last year's Grade 3 Miss Polly Classic Stakes at Delta Downs.

RC Me Leaving You, the 2-1 second choice, ran second and was followed by Flyingforunclesam, Tellereyematthebar, Dash Quick Perry, Careless Lightning, Ipolito, and Crying Eagle. Fourth-fastest qualifier Wild Tycoon and ninth-fastet qualifier EOS Corona N Chicks were both listed by Equibase as trainer scratches.

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