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SANDY, ID—JULY 4, 2019—Kool Odds, at 13-1 odds, proved to be the best on Thursday when he defeated multiple stakes winner Time For Jesse Lee by a neck in the $50,677 Bank of America Sandy Downs Championship Challenge. His time of :21.715 seconds for the 440 yards broke the Sandy Down's 27-year-old track record.
Ridden by jockey Nakia Ramirez, Kool Odds recorded a 108 speed index into a 3 mph crosswind. The previous record of :21.810 seconds was set July 11, 1992 by Bobbys Dividend.
Trainer Mark Hanson saddled the winner for owners Hanson Racing LLC and Robin Dunn. A multiple stakes winner, Kool Odds has compiled a (12) 5-4-1 record and the $23,311 BOA Challenge winners' purse Thursday doubled the Favorite Cartel 4-year-olds earnings total to $47,231.
Steve D Burns, DVM bred Kool Odds in California from the Chicks Beduino mare Kool Kue Chick.
The win also earned Kool Odds a starting spot in the $250,000-est. Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship during the 2019 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships October 26th at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Jim Walker's homebred Time For Jesse Lee picked up $10,135 for finishing second. The 8-year-old multiple stakes winning son of Mr Jesse Lee has banked more than $211,680. Joseph Belloc, Jr. was aboard the Idaho-bred from the Mescallero Chick mare Time For Noble.
Glen and Jill Jamison's Idaho homebred Jt Easy Bug finished 1-¼ lengths back to pick up $5,067 for third. Glen Jamison also trains the stakes winning son of Jess Got Easier from the Dashing Jess Perry mare Miss Perry Bug. Eric Ayala was up.
Posttime favorite and fastest qualifier Wagonfullofdividends had a rough trip under jockey Jesus Canales, suffering only his second career loss in 11 starts.
Completing the order of finish were Fantastic Minion, Silver Jet Dash, Movin The Doe, Wagonfullofdividends, Crown Pointe, Baymax and One Sweet Fool
Editor's note: A photo of this race will be posted when it becomes available from the track photographer.