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ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 26, 2019—SF Hot Pass, a 6-year-old Ivory James gelding owned by Shannon Fisher, held on at the wire to win Saturday’s 440-yard, $266,250 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Albuquerque Downs.
Ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Leon Bard and sent to post as the 2-1 second choice, SF Hot Pass made his quarter-mile trip in :21.607, and his margin of victory was a nose from 6-5 favorite Eye N Capo, who was clocked in :21.615.
The gelding banked the $122,475 winner’s share of the purse from his 10th win in 21 starts, and he scored a provisional berth in the December 14, $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse near Los Angeles.
SF Hot Pass has won four of his eight races at the classic Quarter Horse distance of 440 yards. His career earnings total $275,699, of which $184,212 has been banked at the quarter-mile trip.
Jess My Kiss finished third, a nose behind runner-up Eye N Capo, and was followed by Pirate
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Third-place finisher Jess My Kiss races for owner/breeders Mark and Peggy Brown. Jockey Ramon Sanchez rode the Idaho-bred son One Sweet Jess. The 4-year-old graded winner is out of Dreaming Kisses by Legendary Dreamer. He earned $26,625 for the effort to raise his earnings to $283,232.
Coves Hero, Stripsteak, Three Olives N Smoke, Kool Odds, Kas Tempting, For Sweet Jess, and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust completed the field.
Albuquerque Downs Racetrack and Casino is located in the heart of Albuquerque at Expo New Mexico, the home of the New Mexico State Fair, and general admission and parking are always free (via the casino entrance on Louisiana and Central). For more information, visit abqdowns.com and click on the "Racing" link at the top of the homepage.