Bank of America Challenge Championship

Bank of America Challenge Championship

Reigning champion aged horse Danjer gets his fifth Grade 1 victory.

Danjer. Coady Photography

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Danjer, last year's champion aged horse and the 6-5 favorite, dominated his competition in Saturday's Grade 1, $266,250 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Albuquerque Downs.

Racing for Downtime Enterprises LLC, Billy G. Smith, and trainer Dean Frey, Danjer defeated 9-5 second choice Mi Amor Secreto by a clear two lengths while covering 440 yards in :20.732, a clocking that was aided by a reported 8-mph tail wind. Cody Smith rode the 5-year-old gelded son of Fdd Dynasty.

Danjer was bred in Oklahoma by Dean Frey, and the gelding ended his championship campaign with a head victory over Mi Amor Secreto in last year's Bank of America Challenge Championship. Raced in four states, including Oklahoma, Danjer has won 14 of 25 starts -- including 10 of 16 at the 440-yard distance -- and the $122,475 winner's share of the purse from his ninth career stakes victory boosted his earnings to $1,367,302.

Danjer's five lifetime Grade 1 wins include the May 29, $320,000 Debbie Schauf Remington Invitational Championship at Remington Park, and the September 6, $200,000 All American Gold Cup at Ruidoso Downs.

Perrys Double Down, TLC Signature, DF Storm Tales, Senor Frogs, Juice Is Loose, Tempting Violet and Sables Dashin completed the order of finish. Valiant Tiberias was listed by the Equibase chart as a veterinarian scratch.

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