RCJ Major Storm Upsets Champ at SUN

New Mexico-bred steps up for a victory against open Grade 1 foes at Sunland Park.

Q-Racing Journal

RCJ Major Storm came into The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on Sunday with consecutive wins against restricted Grade 1 company, and he proved that the switch to open company was no problem as he scored an 11-1 upset in the $350,000 race. The 5-year-old New Mexico-bred stallion by Brookstone Bay jumped out to an early lead from post one and held on to win by a neck in :19.140 for 400 yards. Jesse Levario rode for owner and trainer Alfredo Sanchez.

RCJ Major Storm, who was bred by Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Jones, has enjoyed tremendous success this year during a 10-race campaign. He won twice during the last meet at Sunland Park in February and April, and then really hit his stride later in the year with wins in the Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Classic (RG1) at Zia Park in October and the Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) earlier this month at Sunland. He has banked $363,722 this year, and his overall record now stands at 31-9-7-1 with earnings of $515,779.

Hes Relentless, a One Famous Eagle colt who won the Hobbs America Derby (G3) at Zia, finished a game second with Cody Jensen riding for trainer Jason Olmstead and owners R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope and William and Tom Maher.

Jerry Windham’s homebred Mr Jess Perry gelding Stimulus, winner of the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows, rallied to take third with Rodrigo Vallejo aboard for conditioner Justin Joiner.

JRC Callas First, the betting favorite with a seven-race winning streak entering the race, rallied to finish a close fourth.

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