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CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 4, 2020—Runner-up in last year's $100,000 AQHA Cox Ranch Distance Challenge Championship(G1) Ms Ester guaranteed herself another shot this year when she crushed the field by nine-lengths Sunday afternoon in the AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge(G3) at Will Rogers Downs.
Under jockey Andrew Samaniego, Ms Ester cruised over the 870 yards in :45.609 seconds, equaling a 97 speed index with an 8 mph tailwind.
Owned-and-trained by Jordan Baumann, the daughter of Afrashad (TB) got her ninth career win from 18 starts and the $19,866 winners' purse boosted her career earnings mark to $192,713.
Ms Ester will get her second shot the Grade 1 $100,000-est. AQHA Distance Challenge Championship(G1) on October 24th during the Bank of America Challenge Championship Night at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Sw Artemisia, under jockey Juan Pulido finished second for owner Milena Kwiecien and trainer Dee Keener. Sherry Wingfield bred the Second Painted Sign 3-year-old in Oklahoma from the Snowbound (TB) mare Snowbound Lady Bug. The stakes-placed filly has earned $37,834.
AQHA Racing Distance Champion Executive Trust finished a head back to earn $3,398 for third. Guadalupe Munoz, Jr. conditions the stakes winning earner of $3972,582 for owner Sherree Meridyth. Scarlett Hill Farm, Inc. bred the 9-year-old son of Executive Menace from the Relagate(TB) mare Entrust.
Eyesa Superstitious and Zealicious Jewel completed the field.
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located 3 miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For more information, visit www.cherokeecasino.com and click on the Will Rogers Downs tab, or call (918) 283-8800.
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