VALIANT TIBERIAS MADE 5-2 FAVORITE IN GRADE 2 $60,000-ADDED BANK OF AMERICA CHALLENGE SUNDAY
A field of 10 American Quarter Horses will go to post Sunday in the Grade 2, $60,000-added Bank of America Remington Park Challenge Championship with Valiant Tiberias as the morning-line favorite at 5-2 odds.
A 4-year-old gelding owned by Sergio Holguin, Cliften Nielsen and Felix Rodriguez, trained by Wesley Giles and ridden by the reigning 2019 AQHA Champion Jockey James Flores, last raced on Dec. 29 when he was winning the Grade 1, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park. A son of Valiant Hero, out of the Feature Mr Jess mare American Feature, has won six-of-12 starts lifetime, including the Grade 3, $154,750 Adequan Derby Championship at the Downs at Albuquerque in October and the $53,108 Ruidoso Derby Challenge this past summer.
Valiant Tiberias has only raced once at Remington Park in his career and didn’t show much, finishing sixth in a maiden race. He has earned $395,644 lifetime with three seconds and one third added to the six wins. This gelding has been a stellar purchase out of the 2017 Quarter Horse September Yearling Sale at Heritage Place for a mere $13,000.
Flores has been aboard for Valiant Tiberias’ last three stakes wins. The Bank of America Challenge will be contested at the classic 440-yard distance for Quarter Horses, 3-year-olds and older. This morning line choice has only won one race in four tries at that distance.
Here’s your field for Sunday’s ninth race of 10 on the card with odds, jockeys and trainers:
Grade 2 $60,000-added BANK OF AMERICA CHALLENGE STAKES
1) This is a Deal Too: 8-1, Mario Delgado, Charlton Hunt
2) Fenian Faith: 20-1, Raul Valenzuela, Dee Keener
3) Mi Amor Secreto: 3-1, Jose Alvarez, Marcos Carrizales
4) Viva Le Don: 6-1, Cody Smith, Tammy Johnson
5) PYC Jess Bite Mydust: 20-1, Berkley Packer, Jason Olmstead
6) Charlies Fury: 5-1, Agustin Silva, Michelle Hurdle
7) Kowboy Jim: 10-1, Ricky Ramirez, Dean Frey
8) Five Bar Stoli: 20-1, Benito Baca, John Stinebaugh
9) T Velocity: 15-1, Armando Ramirez II, Hemerio Hernandez
10) Valiant Tiberias: 5-2, James Flores, Wesley Giles
Remington Park racing continues, without public spectators, Friday through Sunday, March 27-29. Racing begins nightly at 6pm with Sunday afternoon racing at 1:30pm. The Friday program features 10-races and a Sooner 6ix carryover of $14,507.
Tracked by more than 162,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10,100 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $242 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park presents the 2020 American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season through May 30. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.