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CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 20, 2019—Horses will be looking for a final chance to punch their ticket to participate in the Bank of America Challenge Championships when they will face-off in four AQHA Challenge races on Sunday at Will Rogers Downs. Will Rogers will also host the $139,875 Black Gold 350 Futurity (see related story on Sunday's card.
Each of the Oklahoma regional winners will earn at berth in their respective division to the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 26th at The Downs at Albuquerque.
John Deere Oklahoma Juvenile Challenge
Fastest qualifier Jay Number 7, the morning-line favorite at 5-2, will head full field in the $45,628 John Deere Oklahoma Juvenile Challenge (Race 11). Approximate post is 4:10 p.m. (CDT).
Jockey Jose Vega has been named by trainer Samuel E. Valdivia to ride Dustin Cox's homebred Jay Number 7 in Sunday's 350 yard final.
The son of second-crop sire Im A Fancy Pyc has won four of seven career starts this season and banked nearly $104,000. He was finalist in the $1,073,100 Heritage Place Futurity(G1) on June 1st but finished back after an unruly gate episode prior to the start.
Third in the Remington Park Juvenile, Cox bred Jay Number 7 in Oklahoma from the My First Moon mare First Ginlark.
Adequan Oklahoma Derby Challenge
Entering off a third-place effort in the Grade 3 Heritage Place Derby in his last start, Charlies Fury has been set as the 7-5 morning-line favorite for the $40,953 Adequan Oklahoma Derby Challenge.
Jockey Austin Silvia will ride the son graded-placed son of Furyofthewind from post 3 for owners Tom and Kathleen McNally and trainer Michelle Hurdle.
Out of the Take Off Jess mare Jess Charlena, Charlies Fury has compiled a (9) 3-3-3 record and earned $143,930. The McNally homebred was also second in the Black Gold 350 Championship Futurity last season.
Approximate post for the Adequan Oklahoma Derby Challenge (Race 10) is 3:45 p.m. (CDT).
ARC Oklahoma Distaff Challenge
Kathleen O Matey's homebred Trace Dynasty has been set at as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the $31,299 ARC Oklahoma Distaff Challenge in Sunday 9th Race.
Trainer Clinton Crawford tapped jockey Cody Smith to ride the stakes winning daughter of leading sire FDD Dynasty from the Streakin Sixes mare Wowzer Won. The 4-year-old enters off back-to-back third place finishes in the Balloon City Stakes at Albuquerque and the ARC Ruidoso Distaff Challenge at Ruidoso Downs.
Trace Dynasty won the Miss Ellen Stakes at Will Rogers Downs last year and was second in the Heritage Place Futurity(G1) at 2. She has earned $262,297.
Race 9 has an approximate post of 3:20 p.m. (CDT).
AQHA Oklahoma Distance Challenge
Rockin J Running Horses' Rock A Billy will look to repeat in the $33,847 AQHA Oklahoma Distance Challenge on Sunday for trainer Tammy Kay Johnson.
The 6-year-old son of Rock Solid Jess has been set at 2-1 in the morning-line off a lifetime record of (44) 13-5-5 with earnings of $222,947.
The Texas homebred is out of the Game Patriot mare Imaginiff. Mario Delgado has been tapped to ride the gelding who enters off a third-place effort in the AQHQ Downs at Albuquerque Distance Challenge(G3) in his last start July 28th.
The Distance Challenge will be run at Race 8 with an approximate post of :2:55 p.m. (CDT).
All Will Rogers Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.