03/27/2008 11:00PM

Aggies Rule jumps from claiming to stakes

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Aggies Rule will be stepping up in class on Sunday for the $50,000 Distance Cup at Manor Downs near Austin, Texas, but he owns the field's best last-race Beyer Speed Figure.

Agggies Rule is one of 10 Texas-breds in the 1 1/16-mile Distance Cup, the first of three Thoroughbred stakes to be held at Manor's mixed meet for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds.

Aggies Rule is one of the sharpest horses in the field. He comes into the race off a wire-to-wire win in a $15,000 claiming race at 1 1/16 miles at Sam Houston Race Park March 13. He earned a Beyer of 78. The victory is just a few starts removed from Aggies Rule's fourth-place finish to Sandburr in the $100,000 Star of Texas at Sam Houston on Dec. 1. He will be looking for the 11th win of his career in the Distance Cup.

Patrick Boxie has the mount on Aggies Rule for trainer Charlotte Bronstad. Over the past two meets at Manor, Boxie and Bronstad have won with 38 percent of their starters. Aggies Rule races for Henry Witt Jr.

The chief threat could be Prince Krimmer, who should be sharp for the move back to two turns after closing well for fourth in a first-level allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs at Sam Houston on March 7. Dewey Smith has the mount for trainer Clifton Detiege.