JRC Callas First Wins ALB Championship

World Champion earns third stakes win of the year.

Brian and Dana Stroud’s JRC Callas First, a 5-year-old gelding and the reigning American Quarter Horse Association world champion, sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 440-yard, $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Fall Quarter Horse Championship.

Trained by Brian Stroud and ridden by Damian Martinez, JRC Callas First covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.503 and earned a 101 speed index while defeating Jess Featureme Quick by a head. The $113,200 winner’s share of the purse increased his bankroll to $389,931, of which $162,017 has been earned this season.

JRC Callas First was bred in Texas by J.R. Cass. The gelding’s sire, the Runaway Winner stallion Winners Award, ran third in the 2005 Dash For Cash Derby (G1) at Lone Star Park.

JRC Callas First shipped in from Texas, where he won two stakes, both at the 550-yard distance, at Retama Park near San Antonio. A one-time $5,000 claimer, he has won 14 of 23 outs. This race marked the gelding’s first-ever start at The Downs at Albuquerque, and his victory earned him a berth in the 400-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on December 27.

Dashin For A Prize finished third, three-quarters of a length behind JRC Callas First, and was followed by Rocketair, Jesscuzican, Too Flash For You, Streak Hitter, Handsome Jack Flash, and Wagon Full Of Gold.

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