AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge

AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge

Champion Madewell scores his fourth career graded stakes win, breaks Albuquerque's 870-yard track record.

Madewell. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Reigning champion distance horse Madewell, a homebred 7-year-old son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Jess Jones, took control inside the eighth-pole and sprinted to a 1 1/2-length win in Saturday's $56,194 AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G2) at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Prepped by Bernard Baca for owners Ray Madewell and Davy Madewell, Madewell covered 870 yards in :43.485 while earning a 110 speed index and breaking the previous track record for the distance of :43.866 set by TTY From Mr Pye on September 2, 2016. Maria Baca rode the sorrel gelding, who landed a berth in the October 23, $100,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Albuquerque.

Madewell was bred in Oklahoma. and he was coming off of a wire-to-wire, 3 1/4-length victory in an 870-yard, $42,400 open-condition allowance at Albuquerque on August 14. The gelding has won 11 of 36  starts -- including six of 10 at Albuquerque -- and the $29,221 winner's share of the purse from his fourth graded stakes win pushed his bankroll to $312,049.

Madewell was sent to post as the 9-5 second choice in the five-horse field and returned a $5.60 win mutuel. Wascallywittlewabbit, the 3-5 favorite, ran second and was followed by Nicos First Cartel, Hez Fabulous, and Edelman.

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