03/26/2017 6:07PM

Redneck Humor repeats in Bill Thomas Memorial

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Redneck Humor wins the Bill Thomas Memorial by 3 3/4 lengths under Miguel Perez.

Redneck Humor won the $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial for the second year in a row on Sunday, when he led throughout for a 3 3/4-length win over Indexical. It was another length back in third to Real Heat.

The Bill Thomas was one of six undercard stakes supporting the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby. The seven stakes were worth a total of $1.5 million, and the program was the richest of the year at Sunland. The card included the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks won by Ghalia.

Redneck Humor ($5) had an average break from the rail and hustled up the inside under Miguel Perez to take the lead, setting fractions of 22.44 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.15 for the half-mile. Redneck Humor proceeded to cover the 6 1/2 furlongs over a track rated fast in 1:16.01.

“I was sweating drawing the one-hole all week,” said winning trainer Justin Evans, who proceeded to credit the ride by Miguel Perez.

Redneck Humor earned $60,000 for the win, his 10th from 24 starts. He has now earned $323,720. Redneck Humor is a son of Da Stoops who races for the partnership of Vanessa Evans, Earl Neugebauer, and K.W. Sharp.

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Redneck Humor was winning his second straight stakes after capturing the $75,000 Budweiser Handicap at Sunland. He won that six-furlong race in a blazing 1:07.40.

“We may try deeper waters soon,” said Evans.

Redneck Humor was bred in Florida by Jacks or Better Farm. ​