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Champion KJ Desparado, Jess The Leader Headline $100,000 Refrigerator Championship
All-time leading money earner KJ Desparado is entered in Saturday's 400-yard, $100,000 Refrigerator Championship Stakes (G1) at Lone Star Park.

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Champion KJ Desparado, Jess The Leader Headline $100,000 Refrigerator Championship

BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX–NOVEMBER 15, 2023–
Champion KJ Desparado and the streaking Jess The Leader are two of the dozen aged runners entered in Saturday's 400-yard, $100,000 Refrigerator Championship Stakes (G1) at Lone Star Park.

American Quarter Horse racing's champion 3-year-old in 2022, KJ Desparado is the sport's all-time leading money earner at $2,976,599. The homebred 4-year-old son of world champion Apollitical Jess is coming off of a second-place finish, a head behind winner Flash Bak, in the 440-yard, $350,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1) on October 15, but he has won seven of his 10 starts at the classic quarter-mile trip, and his four wins in as many outs at Lone Star Park include last year's 440-yard, $413,000 Texas Classic Derby (G1).

Wes Giles trains KJ Desparado for owners John Lee, Kathy Lee, and Ruben Mares. The Arizona-bred gelding drew post 10 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.

Jess The Leader is a homebred 4-year-old son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue trained by John Stinebaugh for owner Pete Scarmardo of Caldwell, Texas. The gelding sports a four-race win streak that includes state-bred stakes victories at Sam Houston Race Park, Retama Park, and Lone Star Park. Jess The Leader is winless in two outs at the 440-yard distance, but he's won four of his eight starts at Lone Star Park.

Jess The Leader drew post 7 and will be ridden by Ali Rivera.

The complete lineup, in post position order including  jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Lil Pete El Soruyo (Agustin Silva), 30-1
Shakers No Secret (Christian Ramos), 15-1
Jet Black Grace (Victor Urieta Jr.), 10-1
One Fabulous Boy (Ricky Ramirez), 12-1
Tic It To The Dance (Froylan Ramirez), 20-1
Getthere Fast (Bryan Candanosa), 10-1
Jess The Leader (Ali Rivera), 8-1
Uncle Eds Idea (Jose Vega), 30-1
Hesa Party Wagon (Noe Garcia Jr.), 6-1
KJ Desparado (Adrian Ramos), 4-5
AE-A Famous Ribbon (Jose Herbert), 30-1
AE-One Famous Dash (Ricardo Garza-Cruz), 15-1

The Refrigerator Championship, and all Lone Star Park races, can be seen at Q-Racing Video.com.