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ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 24, 2020—It was a Kiss My Hocks exacta in the $150,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Albuquerque on Saturday night. The sire was represented by winner Jess My Hocks and runner-up Dr Tool in the Championship event.
Post-time favorite Jess My Hocks ($3.20) won by a neck in the 400-yard stake with a time of 19.406. He earned a 96 speed index with the win, the seventh of his career.
Jess My Hocks was ridden by Mario Delgado for trainer Jordan Baumann. The gelding is an Oklahoma homebred for Tom and Kathleen McNally, out of Jess Charlena, by Take Off Jess.
Jess My Hocks has earned $184,995 in 12 starts, including his qualifying win in the Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge. He also ran in the Heritage Place Derby (G2) and the Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Derby (G2). As a 2-year-old, he finished third in the Black Gold 440 Championship Futurity.
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Dr Tool punched his ticket to the Challenge Championships by winning the inaugural Adequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge this spring in Ogden, Utah. Dr Tool was ridden by Jesus Valenzuela for trainer Sergio Ibarra and owner Luis Gonzales. Valenzuela was also aboard for the gelding’s trial and final wins at Weber.
Dr Tool was bred by Andy Caulo in Texas, out of the One Famous Eagle mare Where Eagles Soar. He raced in New Mexico as a 2-year-old and was third in the La Fiesta Futurity at Albuquerque. He has won four of his 12 career starts and is four for five in the money at Albuquerque. His finish in the Adequan Derby Challenge pushed his total earnings to $117,496.
A Painted Dynasty and jockey Alfredo Sigala chased the front duo to earn third place. The FDD Dynasty colt qualified by winning the Adequan Retama Derby Challenge in July. This year, he also qualified for the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at Lone Star, the Heritage Place Derby (G2), and the Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Derby (RG2) this year, pushing his career earnings to $249,982.
A Painted Dynasty was bred by The Mixer Ranch in Oklahoma, out of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare Third Painted Sign. He is owned by David Gutierrez and is trained by Santos Carrizales, Jr.
Completing the field were Mott the Hopple, Juice is Loose, Astranomical, Light Footed, Apollitical Barbie, Luchador and Mister Tornado. Divas First Moon, also-eligible, was scratched.