AJs High Gets Up in Grade 2 Eastex

The gelded son of Apollitical Jess earns a 98 speed index in his 4-year-old debut.

Q-Racing Journal

AJs High earned his sixth stakes victory in Sunday's Grade 2, 350-yard Eastex Stakes at Remington Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography.

Michael Teel's AJs High opened his 4-year-old campaign with a victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $54,400 Eastex Stakes (G2) at Remington Park.

Breaking sharply from post 3 and sent to post at odds of 11-1, AJs High led at every call while defeating 6-5 favorite Bodacious Eagle by a nose. Stormy Smith rode the homebred son of Apollitical Jess for trainer Charley Hunt.

"I got (Bodacious Eagle) at the very end; it was close," said Smith. "I wasn't sure if he had won. He had an excellent trip, and he left good today."

AJs High was making his first start since November 7, when the gelding finished seventh in the 440-yard, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park. He has won nine of 14 races, including six stakes, and the $32,534 winner's share of the Eastex purse pushed his bankroll to $362,619, of which $201,6000 was earned last season.

"He was good today," Hunt said of AJs High's Eastex performance. "When he gets away like he did (today), he can be very good."

Open Me A Corona finished third, a half of a length behind AJs High, and was followed by Mr Jo Eagle, Rock You, Rockin Disco, BP Southern Dynasty, Im Beau Brown, and Last Man Standin.

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