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Diamond For Jess Favored in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

November 16, 2010

Remington Park Derby (G2) winner Diamond For Jess is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) on Friday at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The 3-year-old gelding by Feature Mr Jess will break from post 8 in the 400-yard race, which is part of the 18th Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships, the season-ending championship event of AQHA's purse and bonus awards program.

Diamond For Jess, who races for Dan W. Nicks of Devine, Texas, and is trained by Rick Robinson, has won four of seven races this year. He earned a spot in the Fair Grounds race by winning the Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge (G3).

On November 16, post positions for the Challenge Championships were drawn during a brunch at Fair Grounds. The Derby Challenge Championship starters, in post position order with their jockeys and morning-line odds, are:

An Ocean Rocket, Joe Martinez, 12-1
Rebas Corona, Esgar Ramirez, 8-1
Call Me Fisher, G.R. Carter Jr. 6-1
Summit Bid, Larry Payne, 10-1
Secret Battleground, Cody Jensen, 8-1
Jess Navigating, Julian Cantu, 15-1
Patriots Glory, Russ Vicchrilli, 15-1
Diamond For Jess, Luis Ramirez, 5-1
Memories N Moments, John Hamilton, 30-1
Dos Seis, Jesus Salazar, 20-1
Acorn, Alfonso Lujan, 3-1

The Derby Challenge Championship is sponsored by Adequan, the official equine joint therapy manufacturer of AQHA. The race is the 11th race on the 13-race card at Fair Grounds with an approximate post time of 9:20 p.m. Central time.

The Bank of America Challenge Championships will be featured for the first time on Horse Racing TV and available to the channel’s 17 million subscribers, as well as free to view on AQHA’s Q-Racing Video. During the “free weekend,” nonsubscribers will be asked for a valid e-mail address to access the site. Q-Racing Video will be free and open to the world from 8 a.m. Friday, November 19, through the evening of Sunday, November 21. BY AMY OWENS