DR TOOL PREVAILS IN BANK OF AMERICA
EMERALD CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE
AUBURN, Wash. (Aug. 28, 2022) – Dr Tool held off Super Bowl Sunny Day and Cm Once Ina Bluemoon for a neck victory in Sunday’s $54,978 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge for 3-year-olds and up.
Ridden by Guillermo Suarez at 125 lbs., Dr. Tool ran 440 yards in :22.11 seconds and paid $13.80, $7.60, and $4.60. Edwin Rosales is the winning trainer for LG Racing LLC. The victory capped a Sunday sweep of Quarter Horse stakes for the jockey and trainer, who also took the John Deere Juvenile Challenge with Bee a Freight Train.
Breaking sharply from the No. 5 post, Dr Tool wrested control from Cm Boom Shakalaka for a short lead past mid-stretch and was fully extended to fend off Super Bowl Sunny Day and Cm Once Ina Bluemoon for the victory.
“I’ve been riding a long time, and this is one my greatest days as a rider,” Suarez said in a jubilant winner’s circle.
A 5-year-old Texas-bred by Kiss My Hocks, Dr Tool earned $25,289 to boost his career bankroll to $167,412. His overall record is 5-6-3 in 25 starts including a pir of stakes victories in Idaho in 2020.
The victory earns Dr Tool a berth in the $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship on Oct. 22 at Horseshoe Indianapolis (Shelbyville, Ind.)
Super Bowl Sunny Day, ridden by Jake Samuels at 124 lbs, surged late to gain the place and earn a second-place check of $10,995 for owner Gilberto Madrigal. Off at odds of 11 to 1, Super Bowl Sunny Day paid $9.20 and $5.80.
Defending champion Cm Once Ina Bluemoon, the 5 to 2 betting favorite, was a nose back in third and paid $3.60 for show. James Wooten was aboard at 124 lbs.
Cm Boom Shakalaka–the 2020 winner and 2021 runner-up–finished fourth, while Arizona Favorite finished fifth. Alabama Hill and Lionized dead-heated for sixth place and Jesstafiably Jess, Fast Movin Freight, and Skyywalker completed the order of finish.
BEE A FREIGHT TRAIN DOMINATES JOHN DEERE JUVENILE
In the $46,750 John Deere Juvenile Challenge for 2-year-old quarter horses, Bee a Freight Train raced to a dominating 1 3/4 -length victory over Rebalicious while covering 350 yards in :17.93 seconds.
The fastest qualifier in the trials three weeks ago, Bee a Freight Train made short work of his foes Sunday, opening a clear early lead and romping home a convincing winner under Guillermo Suarez for trainer Edwin Rosales and owner Alberto Avila. The winner carried 125 lbs. and paid $3.60, $3, and $2.40.
A Utah-bred colt by Freightrrain B, Bee a Freight Train has won four straight including the Prineville Quarter Horse Futurity and earned $21,505 for Sunday’s triumph. His overall mark is 4-1-0 in seven starts with earnings of $34,775.
Rebalicious, longest shot on the board at 41 to 1, finished second and paid $13.80 and $10.20. Javier Matias rode the runner-up at 120 lbs.
Check the Cartel, Mark Jasso aboard at 120 lbs., finished third and paid $6.40.
Rounding out the order of finish were The Weekend, Dash to the Flash T, Good Candy Cash, Ccr Pengra Road, Piece of Calico, and Corona Wagon Train.