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October 25, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Docs Dusty Okie shoots for his fourth-straight win and sixth win from nine 2011 starts when he faces a field of horses travelling to Los Alamitos in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 29 at Los Alamitos.

Dusty Rose Ranch’s homebred Docs Dusty Okie, by Okey Dokey Dale out of Stephanie Rose (by Hy Lucky Jay (TB)), has been a force on the Oklahoma circuit for trainer Monty Brooks this year with two stakes wins at Remington Park, another two stakes wins at Fair Meadows and then a dominating win at Will Rogers Downs in the Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge, his most recent start. The gelding was sent off as the 7-to-10 favorite in the Will Rogers Distance Challenge and responded with a gate-to-wire 5-length score while never being threatened.

Dark Horse Partnership’s Kite Flyer, by Royal Quick Dash out of Cymbidian (by Tommy De Great), has responded with well-spaced starts on the Texas circuit. He took a $12,500 handicap at Retama Park in July and stepped up on September 30 to convincingly win the Red Cell Lone Star Park Distance Challenge by more than 3 lengths.

Rene Laatsch’s Yin Your Eyes, by Eye Yin You out of Apollo Snowbound (by Snowbound (TB)), has traveled to Los Alamitos after competing in the Northwest and then making a trip to Turf Paradise for his most recent start. The Bill Hoburg-trained gelding reeled off five straight wins in the Northwest with his victory in the Red Cell Sandy Downs Distance Challenge capping the winning streak. He stepped up in class for that first career stakes win and opened up a clear advantage on the turn before holding on for the ½-length score.

Stan Young’s Regal Colors, by A Regal Choice out of Sables Secret (by Raise A Secret), scored the win in the Red Cell Turf Paradise Distance Challenge on October 16 after making his three previous starts at Retama Park and Sam Houston Race Park. He was sent off at 7-to-1 odds in the Red Cell Turf Paradise Distance Challenge and prevailed in a stretch battle with Apollos First Down to win by a head.

Jesus Carrete’s Apollos First Down, by Apollo (TB) out of Ms Devine Diva (by This Snow Is Royal), was the 1-to-2 favorite in the Red Cell Turf Paradise Distance Challenge and could assume that role in the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship. Two starts ago, he raced to his most important win of the year when he was never headed on his way to taking the Special Hank Handicap at The Downs at Albuquerque.