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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI
CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 1, 2020—Four regional Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, topped by the 350-yard, $47,685 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge, are scheduled for Will Rogers Downs on Sunday.
Fastest qualifier Empressum, a homebred son of world champion Apollitical Jess trained by Guillermo Valdivia for owners Jeff Jones and Steve Holt, made his local debut with a head victory in the first of two trials on September 13. The sorrel gelding has earned $59,513 from six races, and he was a finalist in the 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs on July 19.
Empressum drew post 8 and will be ridden by Armando Ramirez II.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
- Isa Super Freak (Cody Wainscott)
- Chick Kisser (Josh M. Romero)
- DBD Orient Express (Juan Pulido)
- Charlenas Relentless (Bonifacio Quiroz)
- Kiss My Happy Hips (Ruben Castro)
- Jess Good Enough (Cody Smith)
- Jo Shake Em (Agustin Silva)
- Empressum (Armando Ramirez II)
- BV Rocky Top (Justine Klaiber)
- JC Wild King (Mario Delgado)
Also on Sunday, 10 3-year-olds, topped by Tom and Kathleen McNally’s Jess My Hocks, are entered back in the 400-yard, $40,766 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge. The fastest qualifier, Jess My Hocks is coming off of a three-quarter length win in the second of two trials on September 13, and he was a finalist in the April 18, 400-yard Remington Park Derby (RG2), and the May 30, 400-yard Heritage Place Derby (G2). The homebred Kiss My Hocks gelding drew post 7 and will be ridden by Mario Delgado for trainer Michelle Hurdle.
Valeriano Racing Stables’ PJ Splash Of Joy drew post 5 for Sunday’s 400-yard, $24,684 AQHA Will Rogers Distaff Challenge (G3). A 4-year-old daughter of champion First Moonflash trained by Monty Arrossa, the mare will be making her first start since May 30, when she ran third, a neck behind winner Jess B Glory, in the 400-yard, $85,000 Junos Request Stakes (G1) at Remington Park. Juan Pulido will ride PJ Splash Of Joy.
Five distance specialists are entered in Sunday’s 870-yard, $38,242 AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge (G3). Ms Esther, a 6-year-old Afrashad (TB) mare owned and trained by Jordan Baumann, is coming off of a third-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Let There Be Sound, in the May 30, $40,000 Remington Park Distance Championship (G1). Ms Esther drew post 3 and will be ridden by Andrew Samaniego.
All Will Rogers Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.