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Feature Honor fits in Derby Challenge

October 26, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Tremor Enterprises’ Feature Honor is in an enviable position to gain his first graded stakes victory when he heads the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) for 3-year-olds during the Bank of America Challenge Championships this Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Feature Honor, by Feature Mr Jess out of Honor Ease (by Holland Ease), brings a very consistent record into the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship with five wins and three seconds in his first eight starts before finishing fourth in his All American Derby (G1) trial at 5-to-2 odds behind the proven stakes horses Dominyun, First Down Master and Texas Icon.

The winner of all five of his starts at the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship distance of 400 yards, Feature Honor thrived at Ruidoso Downs this summer for trainer Paul Jones when he won his Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge trial by 1½ lengths and then won the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge by a neck as the 13-to-10 favorite in :19.25 for the 400 yards. He then suffered his only below-second finish when he was fourth in his 440-yard trial All American Derby trial.

Jaime Dominguez and SM Cattle Co.'s Rockin, by Feature Mr Jess out of Bonnie Rig (by Special Effort), also sports a very consistent record of two wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in five appearances for trainer Roberto Sanchez. As a juvenile, he won the Mile High Futurity (G3) by daylight, was a close second in the Four Corners Futurity (G3) and third in the Hobbs America Futurity (G2) behind Prospect To The Top’s overwhelming victory.

This year, the consistency continues. He started with three-straight wins, including a length score in the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge, and then finishing second by a head as the even-money choice in the Mile High Derby at Arapahoe Park.

Lucas Racing’s homebred Aquafina, by First Down Dash out of Runaway Wave (by Runaway Winner), faces 3-year-old rivals after a troubled trip against older distaffers in the Mildred Vessels Handicap (G1). She crossed the finished line in sixth place and was awarded fourth place through a disqualification.

A well-bred filly from the James Lackey stable, Aquafina earned her spot in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship when she won the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge by a half length two starts ago for her first stakes win. She was second in the Hialeah Lassie Futurity and third in the Sam Houston Futurity (G1).

Aquafina’s family has excelled at the highest level, especially Los Alamitos. Her world champion brother Wave Carver won the Champion of Champions (G1), her champion brother and $1.6-million earner Ocean Runaway won the Champion of Champions and her brother Trisk won the Southern California Derby (G1).

Manny Silva’s T Gold J, by Gold Medal Jess out of Turns To Cash (by Dash For Cash), is on a roll against lesser company with three-straight wins and could be ready to step forward for a Grade 1 stakes score. He surprised in the Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge two starts ago by a scant head at 9-to-1 odds and then substantiated that win by controlling a $17,000 allowance race at Prairie Meadows by three quarters of a length as the odds-on favorite.