Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

JC Wild King wins Saturday's Grade 3, $154,750 stakes for 3-year-olds.

JC Wild King. Coady Photography

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Jose Cervantes' JC Wild King, a homebred bay son of world champion Apollitical Jess, won Saturday's 400-yard, $154,750 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) for sophomores at Albuquerque Downs.

Prepped by Fidencio Jimenez and sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, JC Wild King defeated 2-1 favorite Bad Monkey by 1 1/4 lengths while leading at every call. James Flores rode the sorrel gelding.

JC Wild King was coming off of a wire-to-wire, half-length victory as the odds-on favorite in the October 3, $50,000 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge Stakes. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma, and he is out of Oh Cherokee Rose, a stakes-winning daughter of champion Stoli who ran third in the 2007 Remington Park Futurity (G1).

Raced in two states, JC Wild King has won five of 12 starts -- including the July 24, 350-yard Speedhorse Derby at Fair Meadows at Tulsa -- and the $71,185 winner's share of the purse from his fourth career stakes score increased his earnings to $174,605. The gelding ended his 2-year-old campaign with a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Bad Monkey, in the 350-yard, $126,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Albuquerque Downs.

Apollitical Hero, The Prize Ferarri, Painted Snowclouds, FDD Princess, Seattle Cartel, Jet Wings One, Fortunes Wild Blood, and Rowdysvision completed the order of finish.

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