Jess A Hilbily Bone Rallies to Win Remington Distance Championship

The 6-year-old gelding gets his first graded stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

A ground-saving trip helped Rockin J Running Horses' Jess A Hilbily Bone win Saturday's 870-yard Remington Park Distance Championship. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Benito Baca rode Jess A Hilbily Bone to a 1 1/4-length win in Saturday's $50,558 Remington Park Distance Championship (G2) at Remington Park.

Saddled by Tammy Johnson for owner Rockin J Running Horses of Gatesville, Texas, Jess A Hilbily Bone covered 870 yards in :45.303. The $29,838 winner's share of the purse from his first graded stakes victory pushed the homebred 6-year-old Rock Solid Jess gelding's bankroll to $119,610.

Jess A Hilbily Bone was coming off of a clear 5 1/2-length win in an 870-yard, $16,450 starter allowance-optional claiming ($20,000) race on May 6.

"After that last race, his heart just grew 10 times," Baca said. "He's been training awesome, and I knew that if I had a little bit of daylight he was going to go on by."

Jess A Hilbily Bone has won eight of 35 starts, and his two career stakes wins include a come-from-behind neck score in the 2015 Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy finished second and was followed byy Admiral Zoomwalt, Give It To Shaq, Cjs Rocksolid, Mixed Fantasy, Silver Citizen, and Executive Trust.

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