Challenge Undercard Stakes

Challenge Undercard Stakes

Five Bank of America Racing Challenge undercard stakes were contested Saturday at Albuquerque Downs.

Freighttrain King. Coady Photography

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In addition to the five Bank of America Racing Challenge graded stakes contested at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, five undercard stakes were run.

Following is a recap of these stakes.

Sandia Stakes
Cleared Furr Takeoff, a 9-1 longshot in a field of six, rallied to win Saturday's 870-yard, $35,000 Sandia Stakes.

Trained by Bernard Baca for owner Richard Joneson, Cleared Furr Takeoff defeated 1-2 favorite Mahoney N Tacklebery by a half of a length in a hand-timed :45.420. Benito Baca rode the homebred 3-year-old Furrtreeous gelding.

Cleared Furr Takeoff was bred in Oklahoma, and this race marked his first against stakes company. A $6,250 claimer during the Remington Park spring meet, the gelding has won two of 10 starts and has earned $35,279, of which $34,617 has been banked from seven races this season.

Holy Storm ran third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Cleared Furr Takeoff. Noreason Fordiamonds, SW Bullet Proof and J Boy A completed the order of finish.

Albuquerque Juvenile Stakes
A sharp break from his rail post helped Martin Olmedo Lopez's Freighttrain King score a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $35,000 Albuquerque Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Juan Pulido for trainer Shawna Manriquez, Freighttrain King covered 350 yards in a hand-timed :17.230, and his winning margin was a half of a length from Chequer Out. The homebred Freighttrain B gelding earned $16,100 from his first career stakes score.

Freighttrain King was bred in Colorado. The gelding is out of Sheza Miracle Chico, an unplaced 10-year-old daughter of champion Dean Miracle.

Raced in two states, including Oklahoma, Freighttrain King has won two of eight outs and has earned $32,864.

Tresponte finished third and was followed officially by Gettingafterit, Dedikated, Valentino Pete, Cuz Hez My Secret, Going Caliente, Sandstone Senator and Precious Dynasty.

Lobo Derby
The photo-finish camera couldn't separate Echo Of Thunder and Wieburg at the wire, as the two 3-year-olds finished in a dead heat for the win in Saturday's $40,000 Lobo Derby.

Echo Of Thunder and Wieburg both reached the finish in :19.898. Edgar Martinez rode Echo Of Thunder for owner Miguel Mendoza and trainer Alejandro Chavez, while Daniel Torres rode Wieburg for owner and trainer Pat Swan.

Echo Of Thunder was bred in Utah by Birrell Farms. A gelded son of  the Furyofthewind stallion Turbulent Times, he has won five of 11 starts, including three stakes, and he has banked $74,507.

Wieburg was bred in Oklahoma by Pat Swan. The Ivory James gelding has won five of 16 races and has earned $72,828, of which $65,628 has been pocketed from nine starts this season.

Charlenas Relentless ran third, three-quarters of a length behind the dead heat winners. Ocean Voyage, Bayou A Cartel, Apolitica, All Red No Blue, CC Revv Her, Charlies Fast Man, and Jess Rocket Man completed the order of finish.

Pitre GMC Distaff Stakes
Edgar Martinez rode Jessapolliticalgirl to a half-length win in Saturday's $40,000 Pitre GMC Distaff Stakes for fillies and mares.

Trained by Jose Ignacio DeHerrera for owner Sergio Castillo, Jessapolliticalgirl covered 400 yards in :19.462. The 4-year-old daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess banked $18,800 from her third win in 11 starts and first career stakes victory.

Jessapolliticalgirl was bred in Texas by Windy Acres Stables, and she sold for $54,000 at the 2018 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. The mare has earned $52,782, of which $43,049 has been banked from five races this season.

A Valiant Diamond finished second and was followed by Sizzlin Chick Corona, Volcums Hot Candy, Lady Denim, Toni Leaving You, RJ Special Chick, Mae Capone, and VR Sheza Fancy Pyc.

Downs Casino Stakes
Kowboy Jim parlayed a sharp start from post 6 into a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $40,000 Downs Casino Stakes.

Owned and trained by Dean Frey and aided by a 5-mph tail wind, Kowboy Jim went 440 yards in :21.317 while defeating Mitey Political by three-quarters of a length. Cody Smith rode the homebred 7-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty.

Kowboy Jim was bred in California, and he was making his first start since August 27, when he scored a wire-to-wire win in a 350-yard, $27,200 allowance dash at Ruidoso Downs. Raced in six states, the gelding has won nine of 39 outs, and the $19,200 winner's share of the purse from his fourth lifetime stakes score pushed his bankroll to $251,450.

Walcott finished third and was followed by Man Of Faith, Twelve Percent, MIss Irish Dynasty, Valiant Tort, and Jess My Kiss.

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