Challenge Championships Undercard
Challenge Championships Undercard
Five undercard stakes were run during Saturday's 10-race Bank of America Challenge Championships program at The Downs at Albuquerque. Following is a recap of all five stakes.
Holy Storm, a 4-year-old son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Red Storm Cat racing for Daniel Kjorsvik, sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in the $35,000 Sandia Stakes.
Prepped by Tomey Swan, Holy Storm covered 870 yards in :45.357 while defeating Faster Than Hasta by three-quarters of a length. Ramiro Garcia rode the homebred gelding.
Holy Storm was bred in Minnesota, and he was making his first career start in New Mexico. Raced in four states, Holy Storm has won six of 29 outs -- including four of 12 at the 870 distance -- and the $16,800 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $98,949.
Holy Storm was shipping in from Iowa, where the gelding ran second in the 870-yard, $25,000 Covered Bridges Stakes (G3) at Prairie Meadows on September 25.
J Boy A, Mahoney N Tacklebery, Nicos First Cartel, Loan Sharky, Jess Humblenkind, and Eyesa Superstitious completed the order of finish.
Albuquerque Juvenile Stakes
A disqualification following a stewards' inquiry helped Jose Aguilar Mendoza's CC Revv Her score an upset win in the 350-yard, $35,000 Albuquerque Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Trained by Eloy Navarro and sent to post at odds of 24-1, CC Revv Her crossed the wire a head behind FDD Princess. However, FDD Princess was disqualified and placed ninth for drifting in and cutting off Chick Kisser. Porfirio Cano rode CC Revv Her, who stopped the timer in :17.709 for his second win in five starts and first stakes score.
CC Revv Her is by Corona Cartel out of Revv It Up, a daughter of world champion First Down Dash who won the 2008 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos. The gelding was bred in Texas by Paragon Farms LLC, and he was a $41,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
CC Revv Her pushed his bankroll to $21,101.
Mae Capone was placed second and was followed officially by Magill Peak, Coronas Walk, Entrepenewer, Wyngnutt, Jess Good Enough, Chick Kisser, FDD Princess and Sawmill Favorite.
Fermin Lucero's Shakia On Ice outran his 13-1 odds to win the $40,000 Lobo Derby for 3-year-olds.
Ridden by Omar Iturralde, Shakia On Ice defeated Dynasty Dinamo by a neck while going 400 yards in :19.736. Luis Iturralde prepped the gray son of Hez Our Secret.
Shakia On Ice was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma. A $10,000 buy at the 2018 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the gelding has won two of 10 races and has banked $37,475, of which $34,375 has been earned from eight starts this season.
Eyesa Forrest, Sizzlin Chick Corona, Apollitical J Julia, Recs Featured Act, Mighty B Ivory, Divas First Moon and Kina Big Deal completed the order of finish.
Pitre GMC Distaff Stakes
The photo-finish camera couldn't separate Sinsational Tacha and Easily Lethal at the wire, as the two rivals finished in a dead heat for the win in the 400-yard, $40,000 Pitre GMC Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares.
Sinsational Tacha and Easily Lethal reached the wire in :19.677. Mauro Salcedo rode Sinsational Tacha for owner Alejandro Arzabala Jr. and trainer Martin Orona Sr., while Sergio Dominguez rode Easily Lethal for owners Peggy and Mark Brown, who also trained the 4-year-old daughter of Corona Cartel.
Sinsational Tacha was bred in Texas by Bob and Jerry Gaston. The 6-year-old daughter of champion Tempting Dash has won five of 26 starts and has earned $99,076.
Easily Lethal was bred in California by Abigail K. Kawanankoa. The mare has won two of 10 outs and has banked $21,681.
Docs River Spirit, Corazon Rastado 727, Black Shadow, Zendayas Cartel, Royallittlewagon, New Blood Cartel, Jess Zoomin Senator and Taormina completed the order of finish.
Downs Casino Stakes
Hector Aldrete rode Senor Frogs to the bay gelding's second career stakes win in the 440-yard, $40,000 Downs Casino Stakes.
Saddled by Eloy Navarro for owner Jose Aguilar Mendoza, Senor Frogs defeated DF Lord Garvan by a nose while covering his quarter-mile trip in :21.269. The 3-year-old Coronado Cartel gelding banked $18,400 while scoring his sixth win in 14 starts.
Senor Frogs was bred in Oregon by Michael and Shannon McKay. Raced in four states, he has earned $76,458, and his resume includes a three-quarter length victory in last year's 350-yard, $38,000 Grants Pass Firecracker Futurity. He also ran second, a head behind winner Ms Patty Cake, in the $117,000 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.
Kowboy Jim ran third and was followed by Mitey Political, Damn Strait, Twelve Percent, Jba Movin Thedynasty, Alabama Hills, Spiritonthemountain, and Hes A Famous Eagle.
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