05/19/2010 12:00AM

Jess You and I sticks around a little longer


Jess You and I, a three-time champion Quarter Horse who won his first start outside of California earlier this month in the Grade 1, $98,370 Oklahoma Challenge Championship at Remington Park, is sticking around for a while.

Toby Keeton, who has overseen the horse's training while he has been in Oklahoma, said Jess You and I is being pointed for the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship on May 29.

A win in the race would earn Jess You and I a berth into the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion of Champions at his home track of Los Alamitos on Dec. 11. And that is the reason he is in town, said Keeton.

"The horse usually stays in California," Keeton said, noting his regular trainer is Jaime Gomez. "They wanted to try for an invitation to the Champion of Champions."

The move to Oklahoma has been a means of getting Jess You and I away from Freaky, the reigning world champion, who has won his last seven starts, all at Los Alamitos.

Jess You and I will come into the Remington Championship off a 2 1/4-length win in the Oklahoma Challenge Championship. His victory in that race secured him a berth into the Challenge Championship finale in November at Fair Grounds.

"If he