MULTIPLE STAKES WINNER JESS MY HOCKS TAKES ON PAST TWO WINNERS OF SLM BIG DADDY STAKES ON SUNDAY
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – March 6, 2022 – The Grade 3, $50,000 SLM Big Daddy Stakes this Sunday at 550 yards features a favorite that is a multiple stakes winner versus the past two winners of this event.
Jess My Hocks, a three-time stakes winner out of trainer Michelle Hurdle’s barn, is the 2-1 morning line choice over last year’s SLM Big Daddy winner Midday News (4-1) and the 2020 winner Shockinglyfamous (9-2). The past two winners are stakes winners at this distance, but Jess My Hocks has never raced at the distance. This 5-year-old gelded son of Kiss My Hocks, out of the Take Off Jess mare Jess Charlena, won the $41,000 Will Roges Downs Derby Challenge in Claremore, Okla., on Oct. 4, 2020, at 400 yards by 3-1/2 lengths and then followed that up with a victory in the $152,000 Challenge Derby Championship at the Downs at Albuquerque on Oct. 24, 2020, again at 400 yards.
Jess My Hocks picked up his first Remington Park stakes win on May, 2021 – the $100,000 Leo Stakes – when he upset Danjer, a horse that would prove virtually unbeatable the rest of the year and was voted American Quarter Horse Association World Champion for 2021.
Jess My Hocks was bred in Oklahoma by his owners Tom and Kathleen McNally of Guthrie, Okla. He is a half-brother to stakes winner Charlies Fury, who is out of the same mare. His record going into the SLM Big Daddy is 16 starts, eight wins, no seconds and four thirds for $302,166 earned. He has made $148,760 at Remington Park with three wins from eight starts here. Jockey Agustin Silva is the regular rider for him and Charlies Fury.
Jess My Hocks has had only one race since May 29 last year, but if workouts are any indication of form, he should be fired up and ready to go. He put in an extremely fast move at 220 yards on Feb. 19 here for a bullet. He was the fastest of 94 horses that worked out at that distance that morning.
Last year’s winner, Midday News, is proven at 550 yards, winning both tries at the distance, last year’s SLM Big Daddy Stakes on March 9, 2020. He also won an allowance race at 550 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, on Nov. 28, 2020. This 6-year-old gelding by FDD Dynasty, out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Summer Love Song, is owned by Linda Joiner, Pat Smith, Izora Southway, Holly King, and Kelly Allen of Santa Teresa, N.M. and trained by Michael Joiner. Midday News, as a 3-year-old, qualified for the most prestigious derby in the country in the $1,551,000 All American Derby back in 2019 but was bothered in that final, finishing seventh, but being placed sixth after a disqualification.
This horse is the top money earner in the field by just a few dollars over Jess My Hocks. Midday News has run 22 times, won six, run second four times and third another five thirds for $302,837. Last year’s SLM Big Daddy was his only win at Remington in three tries.
Jose Alvarez gets the call in the saddle for the SLM Big Daddy and rode him to victory in the Lone Star Race, but not in last year’s edition of this race. Midday News also ran fourth to Jess My Hocks in the Leo Stakes last year.
Shockinglyfamous, owned by Stone Chase Stables and Kasey Willis of Maysville, Okla., is trained by Kasey and will be ridden by James Flores. Flores won three riding titles at Remington Park from 2018-2020.
This 6-year-old horse by One Famous Eagle, out of the Langfuhr (TB) mare Shocktime (TB), has won two of three starts at 550 yards and is two for eight in Remington Park races. His career record is 25 starts, six wins, two seconds and three thirds for $179,704 in his wallet.
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