Dr Tool Hopes To Return In $50,771 Adequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge Final
Fastest qualifier Dr Tool will head a full field in Sunday's $50,771 Adequan Weber Downs Derby.

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Dr Tool Hopes To Return In $50,771 Adequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge Final

OGDEN, UT—MAY 23, 2020—Fastest qualifier Dr Tool will be looking to repeat his trial performance on Sunday when he faces a field of 10 in the $50,771 Adequan Weber Downs Derby.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from the May 10th trials will line-up at Weber Downs going 400 yards. The winner will also earn a starting spot in the 2020 $150,000-est. Adequan Derby Challenge Championship(G3) to be contested October 24 at The Downs at Albuquerque as part of the Bank of America Challenge Championship Night.

The race is part of a heavy Sunday stakes card for the Utah track with first post set for noon (MDT). The Adequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge will be run as Race 8 on the card with a 2:55 p.m. (MDT) approximate post-time.

Racing for owner-trainer Luis Gonzalez, Dr Tool enters the race off a two-length trial victory May 10th when he posted the fastest qualifying time. Jockey Jesus Valenzuela will be back in the irons aboard the 3-year-old son of champion Kiss My Hocks.

Bred in Texas by Andy Caulo, from the One Famous Eagle mare Where Eagles Soar, Dr Tool has compiled an (8) 1-2-2 record and earned $36,595. He was third in the $245,946 Downs at Albuquerque-La Fiesta Futurity last September. The bay gelding broke his maiden by 1-¼ lengths in December at Sunland Park but was disqualified and placed last for a positive test. He has earned $35,595.

Stakes winner Thrill Of The Cartel is hoping to bounce off a third-place effort behind Dr Tool in the trials after being in tight early. The son of leading sire Favorite Cartel won three of seven starts at 2 including the Emerald Downs John Deere Juvenile Challenge.

Conditioned by trainer Mark Hanson and racing for Hanson Racing, Robin Dunn and Kevin Dunn the sorrel gelding was a finalist in the $130,625 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship(G2), $91,256 Bittterroot Futurity and $20,000 Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Futurity at 2.

Bred in Texas by Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches, LP, Thrill Of The Cartel has earned $28,626 and will be ridden by his regular rider Jesus Canales from post-position 7.

The complete Adequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge lineup, in post-position order including jockey assignments:

  1. Trumpster (Aaron Belloc)
  2. Shes Emotionless (Oscar Cervantes)
  3. Dh Renaes Dynasty (Jose Guzman)
  4. Liquid Courage B (Armando Viramontes)
  5. Calida (Eric Ayala)
  6. Dr Tool (Jesus Valenzuela)
  7. Thrill Of The Cartel (Jesus Canales)
  8. Kiss Fast Zoom (Joseph Belloc, Jr.)
  9. Orange Vodka Shooter (Tyson Lusk)
  10. Meghans Feature Sign (Michael Ybarra)