ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 26, 201—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 was bred in Texas by P & J Racing Ltd. and Stroebel from the Mr Jess Perry mare Passem Up Perry. The gelding was stretching out in distance off of his 1 1/4-length victory as the even-money favorite in the 350-yard Nevill Stakes (R) for Texas-breds at Lone Star Park near Dallas on October 4.
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 Coves Hero, Stripsteak, Three Olives N Smoke, Kool Odds, Kas Tempting, For Sweet Jess, and Pyc Jess Bite Mydust.