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AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 20, 2020—Trainer Nick Lowe got his third consecutive stakes win Thursday when Cm Boom Shakalaka held off Jesstafiably Jess by a neck in the $52,734 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge at Emerald Downs.
The trainer also saddled Louisana Bunny to victory in the John Deere Emerald Downs Juvenile Challenge and Cm Once Ina Bluemoon to a track-record setting performance in the Emerald Downs Distance Challenge on Thursday.
Under jockey Luis Gonzalez, Cm Boom Shakalaka broke in and brushed at the start but recovered nicely to complete the 440 yards in :22.272 seconds, equaling a 94 speed index. It was the 12th career win in 28 starts for the 5-year-old son of champion Carters Cartel.
Also at play was a participation berth in the Grade 1 $250,000-est. Bank of America Challenge Championship to be held on Saturday, October 24th at The Downs at Albuquerque. The "BOA Championship" is the anchor races of the annual Bank of America Challenge Championship Night.
Stakes winner Jesstafiably Jess earned $10,547 for finishing second. Bentio Curiel trains the Washington homebred son of One Sweet Jess for owner-breeder Malon Cowgill. Jose Figueroa was aboard the 4-year-old from the Strawfly Special mare Fly Thru Time. He has earned $42,234 in 12 career starts.
A multiple stakes winner, One Flyin Foose finished three-quarters back to earn $5,273 for third. Freddy Ibarra named Jaime Lopez to ride the 3-year-old daughter of champion Foose. Matt Huse is the owner-breeder of last year's Far West and Baxter Andruss Oregon-Bred Futurity winner. The bay filly has banked $46,718.
Completing the Bank of America field were L Bar D Genuine Red, Alabama Hills, Loosin My Lover, Kool Odds, Ima Five Bar Cartel and Favorite Bling.