AJs High Wins Rescheduled Sooner State Stakes

The 4-year-old gelding collected his seventh career stakes win Sunday at Remington Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Stormy Smith rode AJs High to a one-length victory in Sunday's $100,000 Sooner State Stakes for Oklahoma-breds. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

AJs High kept his perfect season record intact with a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park.

Ridden by Stormy Smith, AJs High stopped the timer in :19.529 and earned a 95 speed index. Charley Hunt saddled the homebred 4-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding for ownerr Michael C. Teel of Columbia, Missouri.

The Sooner State Stakes was postponed from May 7, when a starting-gate malfunction caused the race to be rescheduled for Sunday.

"He got in there and kind of tightened up a bit, but then he got really good and when they kicked it, he was gone," said Smith. "Sam Crow made a good run at us about halfway through the race and started gaining a little ground. I just tapped (AJs High) on the shoulder, and he took off."

AJs High has won 11 of his 16 starts, including all of his outs during the current Remington Meet, all against stakes company. The $59,892 winner's share of the Sooner State purse increased his earnings to $463,261.

Sam Crow, the 6-5 favorite in the field of seven, finished second and was followed by Big Time Toast, Rockin Disco, Bringin The Gray, Goodreasonforcandy, and Champion Huddle.

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