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Veterans in Red Cell Distance Challenge

November 19, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

The “good ol’ boys” Sheet Burns, with 72 career starts, and Bad Act, with 67 lifetime outs, meet relative youngster Stone E Motion in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge (G1) tonight at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Approximate post time for the 870-yard final, the is 8:02 p.m. Central Time. The Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship is the 8th race on tonight’s card.

Maclovio Regalado’s Sheet Burns (Okey Dokey Dale–Shes Alive And Easy, by Easy Jet) is a well-seasoned 8-year-old gelding who is still in peak form with 870-yard stakes wins each of the last two years. He comes into the Red Cell Distance Challenge after racing to three consecutive stakes wins.

In his latest start he defeated the premier 870-yard horses in New Mexico with a three-quarter-length win in the $55,000 Herman Jefferson Stakes (G3) at Zia Park as the even-odds favorite.

On the board in 41 of his 72 outs, Sheet Burns took the Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge two starts ago when he drew out to a 1½-length win as the 8-to-5 favorite.

Hemerio Hernandez’s Bad Act (This Snow Is Royal–Oh Dashaway, by First Down Dash) has raced to 16 career wins and 21 runner-up finishes. He qualified for the Championship in TRJ—The Racing Journal territory, at Turf Paradise on October 17. Bad Act finished third in the 2009 Distance Challenge after qualifying at Arapahoe Park.

Lori Harris’ 5-year-old Stone E Motion (SC Chiseled In Stone–Cystal Motion, by Power Train) could gain favoritism in the Red Cell Distance Challenge with six wins in his latest seven starts while moving from the $5,000 claiming ranks to the stakes division. The William Harris-trained gelding won a trio of Grade 3 stakes over 870 yards at Remington Park this spring and dominated the Covered Bridges Stakes at Prairie Meadows by nearly five lengths in his latest effort.