Fire On The Fly Wins Red Cell Sunland Challenge

Gelding goes wire-to-wire from the rail to earn a trip to Prairie Meadows.

March 30, 2014

After finishing second as the 1-5 favorite in the trials, Bullard Farms’ homebred Fire On The Fly rebounded for the big money in Sunday’s $53,800 Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge (G3) at the southeastern New Mexico track. Ridden by Larry Gamez from post one, the Jet Cartel gelding seized an early lead and never looked back before hitting the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front of Storm Chasor with an 870-yard clocking of :44.489. Sent off as the 7-2 second choice for trainer Wes Giles, the Texas-bred earned a berth in the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) to be held October 18 during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows in Iowa.

Fire On The Fly was late enrolled into the Bank of America Racing Challenge program in January, and with the $32,184 first-place check for this win alone has already turned a profit on the $20,000 late fee.

Prior to finishing second in the trials, the 4-year-old Fire On The Fly had won three straight races around the turn. His overall record now stands at 15-6-2-2 with earnings of $88,457 after notching his first career stakes win.

Joan Dale Hubbard’s homebred Storm Chasor, the 1-2 favorite after winning his trial by more than six lengths, finished a clear second with Esgar Ramirez up for trainer Paul Jones. Tony Carnes’ Valentino De Lao, who finished second in the 2012 edition of this race, got up to take third.

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