Sky Bo Dash Battles For Hard-Fought Victory In Bank Of America Championship Challenge At Remington
Sky Bo Dash, under jockey Ricky Ramirez, winning the $114,480 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G2) on Sunday at Remington Park.

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Sky Bo Dash Battles For Hard-Fought Victory In Bank Of America Championship Challenge At Remington

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 14, 2017—A sharp start put Sky Bo Dash on the lead immediately in Sunday’s Grade 2, $114,480 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Remington Park. The 4-year-old then dug in to hold off Rockin Disco to win by a head.

Owned by Bobby Simmons of Breckenridge, Texas and trained by Trey Wood, Sky Bo Dash was handled by Remington Park’s leading jockey Ricky Ramirez.

"When they said "go" he broke about a length in front," Ramirez noted. "We just took advantage of it. That 4-horse (Rockin Disco), was coming and he was getting us with every stride but we held them off and got the head-bob."

Sky Bo Dash hit the finish in :22.038 seconds over a fast track, just eking out the win over a hard-charging Rockin Disco. Three Olives N Smoke was a half-length behind in third.

AQHA Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber presents the winning connections of Sky Bo Dash the Bank of America Remington Park Challenge Championship trophies.
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Away at betting odds of 7-2, Sky Bo Dash paid $9.80 to win, $5.20 to place and $4.20 to show. Rockin Disco returned $14.20 to place and $7.60 to show. Three Olives N Smoke paid $6.40 to show. EOS Corona N Chicks was the beaten wagering favorite at 2-1 odds, finishing last in the field of 10 after a stumbling beginning.

Sky Bo Dash won his trial for the Bank of America final at Remington Park on April 29, with the strakes score giving him a two-race winning streak. He has now won four races from 14 career attempts.

A gelded son of Bodacious Dash from the Chicks Beduino mare Sky chicks, Sky Bo Dash was bred in Texas by Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches. He earned $52,661 on Sunday to run his lifetime earnings to $215,300.

This was the first Bank of America Championship Challenge win at Remington Park for all of the connections of Sky Bo Dash. Today victory earned the gelding a starting spot in the Grade 1 $330,000 Guaranteed Bank of America Challenge Championship on October 14th at Prairie Meadows.

Runner-up multiple graded stakes winner Rockin Disco is owned by Rockin J Running Horses and conditioned by Tammy Kay Johnson.

Jockey Benito Baca rode the 7-year-old son of Rock Solid Jess from the Check Him Out mare Check This Disco. Bred by VWP Jr Inc., Rockin Disco picked up $22,896 to boost his career total to $287,219.

Also, a multiple stakes winner, Three Olives N Smoke races for owners Margo Schares and Brad Thomas. John Hammes saddled the Jess Louisiana Blue 4-year-old out of Smokin Corona by Corona Cartel.

Bred in Colorado by Schares, the bay gelding was ridden by Ramiro Garcia. The $11,048 third-place check brings his earnings mark to $147,260.

A Royal Country Man, Torts On Fire, River Wind, Boogies Special Dash, Dynamite 123, Jz Zoomin Wootan and Eos Corona N Chicks completed the field.

Only 12 race dates and three more weekends of activity remain in the 2017 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park. Racing resumes Thursday thru Sunday, May 18-21. The first race on Thursday and Friday, May 18 & 19 is at 6pm. The action on Saturday, May 20 starts earlier than normal at 4pm with the special simulcast of the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico in Baltimore featured at 5:45pm. Sunday, May 21 is Fiesta at Remington Park with the first race at 1:30pm.

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