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Reigning World Champion Danjer Headlines Grade 1, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship
Reigning world champion Danjer will head Sunday's 440-yard, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1) at Albuquerque Downs.

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Reigning World Champion Danjer Headlines Grade 1, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship

BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

ALBUQUERQUE, NM-–SEPTEMBER 20, 2022–
Danjer, a 6-year-old son of champion FDD Dynasty and the sport's reigning world champion, drew the rail post for Sunday's 440-yard, $300,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1) at Albuquerque Downs.

Racing for Downtime Enterprises LLC, Billy G. Smith,and trainer Dean Frey, Danjer has won his last two starts, including the 440-yard, $250,000 Debbie Schauf Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) on May 28. The Oklahoma-bred gelding will be ridden by Cody Smith.

Hesa Party Wagon, a 4-year-old Hes Relentless gelding owned and trained by Juan Manuel Baeza, won both of his starts at Ruidoso Downs last summer, including the 350-yard, $75,000 Labor Day Weekend Stakes on September 4. An $8,000 purchase at the 2019 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, Hesa Party Wagon will be making his first start at the classic 440-yard distance on Sunday.

Hesa Party Wagon drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz.

Other contenders include Ruse Ranch's Pops First Lady, a 4-year-old Apollitical Jess mare who will be facing males off of a three-race win streak that includes a one-length victory in the 400-yard, $100,000 Junos Request Stakes (G1) for distaffers at Remington Park on May 28. Pops First Lady drew post 9 and will be ridden by Bryan Candanosa for trainer Jason Driver.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
  1. Danjer (Cody Smith)
  2. TLC Signature (Alfredo Sigala)
  3. Valentin Jqm (Kevin Carbajal)
  4. Mias Irish Dynasty (Francisco Cuellar)
  5. Hesa Party Wagon (Jose Enrique Ortiz)
  6. Apolliticalfastprize (Adrian Ramos)
  7. Muy Peligrosito (Sergio Becerra Jr.)
  8. Jessapoliticalgirl (Hector Aldrete)
  9. Pops First Lady (Bryan Candanosa)
  10. Famous Chief (Francisco Calderon)

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