OKLAHOMA CITY - April 27, 2019 – Rock A Billy, a multiple stakes winner at 870 yards, was the fastest qualifier in two trials Saturday for the Grade 3 $27,500-added AQHA Distance Challenge set for Sunday, May 12 at that same distance.

Two fields of six horses each made up the distance trials Saturday evening. Eight of the 12 competitors qualified for the finals and Rock A Billy showed his prowess around the hook, stopping the timer in a swift 44.796 seconds over the fast track in the first trial heat, getting home the fastest of the 12.

Rock A Billy has won 10-of-20 starts lifetime at 870 yards for owner Rockin J Running Horses of Gatesville, Texas and trainer Tammy Johnson. Along the way the 6-year-old gelded son of Rock Solid Jess, out of the Game Patriot mare Imaginiff, has won three stakes races at 870 yards at three tracks. He won the $20,000 Bill Reed Stakes at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico on Sept. 3, 2017; the $32,000 Will Rogers Downs Distance Challenge in Claremore, Okla., on Sept. 23, 2018, and the $50,000 King Rick Rack Stakes at Zia Park in New Mexico on Dec. 2, 2018.

Rock A Billy has yet to find the winner’s circle in a stakes race at Remington Park, but he has not lost here in his last two tries with new jockey Alfredo Triana, Jr., in the saddle. He was up for a victory here April 14 in an optional claiming $30,000 race, drawing away by 3-1/4 lengths. On Saturday night, Triana booted him home to a neck win over Bet I Make U Famous. The two earned speed indexes of 104 and 103, respectively, finishing 5-3/4 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Flight Force.

Rock A Billy went off at 3-5 odds and paid $3.40 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Johnson qualified four of the final eight to run in the stakes race on May 12.

The field for the finals looks like this with fastest qualifiers top to bottom, trainer, jockey, times and speed indexes:

  • 1) Rock A Billy, trial one, trainer Tammy Johnson, jockey Alfredo Triana, Jr., 44.796 seconds, 104 speed index
  • 2) Bet I Make U Famous, trial one, Trey Ellis, Lucas Constantin, 44.844, 103
  • 3) Cloud Ridge, trial two, Randy Davis, Berkley Packer, 44.911, 103
  • 4) Madewell, trial two, Tammy Johnson, Daniel Torres, 44.935, 102
  • 5) Ms Esther, trial two, Jordan Baumann, Andrew Samaniego, 45.161, 99
  • 6) Jess A Hilbily Bone, trial two, Tammy Johnson, Randy Wilson, 45.224, 98
  • 7) Flight Force, trial one, Michael Joiner, Ricky Ramirez, 45.745, 92
  • 8) CJs Rockhard N Ready, trial one, Tammy Johnson, Berkley Packer, 45.837, 91

Racing continues Sunday at Remington Park with a nine-race card that starts at 1:30 p.m. The day includes Extreme Racing with Clydesdales, ostriches, camels and zebras between actual horse races.

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