Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

Odds-on favorite Jess My Hocks gets his first graded stakes win.

Jess My Hocks 2020 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship. Coady Photography

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Odds-on favorite Jess My Hocks rallied to win Saturday's 400-yard, $151,855 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) for 3-year-olds at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Ridden by Mario Delgado and sent to post as the 3-5 favorite in a full field of 10, Jess My Hocks defeated the second-place finisher by a neck in :19.406. Jordan Baumann saddled the homebred Kiss My Hocks gelding for owners Tom and Kathleen McNally.

Jess My Hocks was bred in Oklahoma, and he was coming off of a dominating 3 1/2-length victory in the October 4, $41,000 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge at Will Rogers Downs at Claremore, Oklahoma. The gelding has won seven of 12 starts, including five of seven at the 400-yard distance, and the $69,853 winner's share of the purse from his second career stakes score pushed his earnings to $184,995, of which $145,460 has been banked from eight races this season.

Jess My Hocks was a finalist in two graded derbies during the Remington Park spring meet, including the May 30, $232,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2).

Mott The Hopple was fourth, and Juice Is Loose, Astranomical, Light Footed, Apollitical Barbie, Luchador, and Mister Tornado completed the order of finish.

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