AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


Q-RACING JOURNAL—AUGUST 28, 2017—A sharp break from post 5 helped Mals First Down earn a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $27,901 Bank of America Grande Prairie Championship Challenge at Evergreen Park. Ridden by Scott Sterr, Mals First Down covered 440 yards in :21.825 while defeating Honor The Aztec by a neck. William Leech prepped the ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 17, 2017—At 60-1, Secretly Fast stepped up Sunday afternoon when recovered from early bump to get a head win in a blanket finish to the $69,670 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge Sunday afternoon at Emerald Downs. Ridden by jockey Leonardo Gonzalez, the 4-year-old son of multiple sakes sire No Secrets Here completed the 440 yards in :22.167 seconds, a 93-speed index ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 17, 2017—In a crowded field of 12 starters Sunday afternoon at Emerald Downs, Cm Boom Shakalaka drifted in early before putting one-length on I Deliver to win the $20,160 John Deere Emerald Juvenile Challenge. Ridden by jockey Luis Gonzalez, the Carters Cartel gelding completed the 350 yards in :17.958 seconds, a 98-speed index ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 17, 2017—The 2016 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship(G1) winner Rare Ed punched his ticket for a repeat performance when he ran down Hes A Bugin in the $18,720 Emerald Downs Distance Challenge Stakes Sunday at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington. Ridden by jockey Osvaldo Gonzalez, Rare Ed completed the 870 yards in ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 19, 2017—SC Vapor Trail and Apollitical Stone, the two runners with Grade 1 racing experience, shined in the running of the $44,460 John Deere California Juvenile Challenge, finishing first and second, respectively, in the 350-yard final on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Owned and bred by Reliance Ranches LLC, the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 18, 2017—Gary Laramie and Janet Oakeson’s Genuine Version led from gate to wire while holding off the late charging Doctor Fantastic to win the $36,090 Adequan California Derby Challenge by 2/1000ths of a second on Friday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Monty Arrossa, the 20-1 longshot Genuine ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 13, 2017—Trainer Mike Robbins has a strong lineup of older horses ready for the major autumn races at Los Alamitos Race Course. His stable is headed by Reliance Ranches LLC’s Flash N Bling, the impressive winner of the $75,780 Bank of America California Championship at 440 yards on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala, Flash N Bling finished ¾ lengths ...



AJAX, ONT—AUGUST 13, 2017—A trio of 3-year-olds trained by Jason Pascoe and owned by Milena Kwiecien finished 1-2-3 in the $23,999(US) Adequan Ajax Derby Challenge Sunday afternoon at Ajax Downs. Ridden by jockey Josh Scott, Ls Prince caught stablemate Denali Teller Off by a nose at the wire. Posttime favorite Maryland Magic finished ...



AURORA, CO—AUGUST 13, 2017—With an impressive sweeping run on the outside, Flare for Ivory defeated Attack the Wind by a neck in the $24,825 Arapahoe Park Sprint Bonus Challenge.

Final time for the 300-yard race was 15.420, breaking the previous track record of 15.432, set in May by none other than Flare for Ivory.

Flare for Ivory ...



SELMA, TX—AUGUST 12, 2017—Under jockey Luciano Duenez Jess Adalida drove to a 1-½ length win over Mystical Jess in the $69,750 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge Saturday night at Retama Park. Roses Dancer finished another 1-½ lengths back in third. Jess Adalida completed the 350 yards in a quick :17.637 clocking, into a 12-mph headwind, ...



SELMA, TX—AUGUST 12, 2017—David Jones and Mark Cowan's One Sweet Merlot flew late under jockey Noe Villatoro to defeat Eagle Cry by a neck in the $57,960 Adequan Retama Derby Challenge Saturday night at Retama Park. Trashy Tres finished a head back in a blanket finish to take third. Saddled by trainer Trey Ellis, One Sweet Merlot completed ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 12, 2017—Trainer Lin Melton knew after Maggie Durant won the Matron Stakes on California Breeders Champions Night in late July that it was only a matter of time until Maggie Durant and stablemate Time For Jess would have to face each other for the first time in a race. Their anticipated first encounter happened on ...



MALAD, ID—AUGUST 12, 2017—It may not have been a surprise that the class of the field, James First Affair, won the $4,960 AQHA Bonus Challenge (not black type) at Oneida on Saturday. But for the 5-year-old horse with lifetime earnings of over $100,000, it was not enough to win – he and jockey Never Marin also set a new track record at 300 ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 10, 2017—Reliance Ranches' Charm Of Corona and Flash N Bling will be double trouble for their rivals when they headline the $71,280 Bank of America California Challenge Championship at the classic 440-yard distance Sunday at Los Alamitos. Trained by Mike Robbins, The Charm Of Corona gets top billing after posting a super runner-up effort to BH Lisas Boy in the Grade ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—-AUGUST 9, 2017—Ivory Noche, a homebred son of Ivory James and the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $69,750 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Retama Park. Trained by G. Sue Hunt for owner K & W Land and ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 10, 2017—After winning the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos in 2016, Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap heroine Jess Good Reason will look to rule the mare division once again when she takes on nine rivals in the Merial California Distaff Challenge on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The winner of the 400-yard ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 5, 2017—Alvaro Lua’s Favorite Hot Cartel flew in the final 100 yards to win the second of four trials to the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge at 350 yards in the fastest qualifying time of :17.897 on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Twenty-eight runners competed in the trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times returning for the final on Saturday, August 19. ...



By Wyatt Didericksen LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 5, 2017—Fales Ranch located in Coolidge, Arizona is located halfway between the Copper State's two biggest metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson. Here is where one can find a family devoted to the wonderful sport of Quarter horse racing at the highly ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—AUGUST 5, 2017—Making only his second career start, Jd Wagon Boss romped to three-length win and the top qualifying time for the John Deere Evergreen Juvenile Challenge Saturday at Grande Prairie. The eight fastest qualifiers, from two trial races, will return to Evergreen Park on Sunday, August 20th to vie for the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA—AUGUST 4, 2017—Stole An Encore, an Oklahoma-bred daughter of Ivory James owned by Ralph Danard and Carrie Suitor, is one of 15 2-year-olds entered in Saturday's John Deere Grand Prairie Juvenile Challenge trials at Evergreen Park. Trained by Laurie ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 3, 2017—Headed by Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity finalists SC Vapor Trail and Apollitical Stone, 28 top juveniles will be in action when Los Alamitos Race Course hosts trials to the John Deere Juvenile California Challenge at 350 yards on Saturday night. The ten fastest qualifiers will earn a spot in the John ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 30 2017—Late speed under jockey Julian Serrano boosted Ls Prince to a one-length win in the first of two trials on Sunday for the Adequan Ajax Derby Challenge at Ajax Downs. The son of Louisiana Senator posted a :20.350 clocking into a 7 mph head wind, a 90 speed index, to set the ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 29, 2017—George and Peggy Cobb’s homebred Apollitical Approach was awarded the win in the $59,850 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge through a disqualification during a stakes tripleheader on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Also on the program were the $50,000 By By JJ and the $20,000 Bobby Dan Crenshaw ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 29, 2017—K and W Land and Cattle Co.’s homebred Ivory Noche rolled to a 1¾ length victory in the second trial Saturday to post the fastest time for the John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge. Ridden by jockey Juan Garcia, Jr., Ivory Noche, a son of Ivory James ...



By Martha Claussen SELMA, TX—JULY 28, 2017—Four trials were run on the Friday evening card for the Adequan Texas Derby Challenge.  Barbara Chase’s Jess Kicked A Gear, at odds of 18-1, out-kicked her rivals under jockey Gilbert Ortiz.  The Utah-bred filly by One Sweet Jess won her 400-yard trials in ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 27, 2017—David L. Martinez’s Jess Adalida, a stakes-placed daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue, will make her next start in Saturday’s 350-yard John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge trials at Retama Park. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the August ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JUNE 26, 2017—Watergirl B, a graded stakes winning daughter of Game Patriot owned by Vanessa Bartoo of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, is one of 38 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Adequan Retama Derby Challenge trials at Retama Park. Watergirl B has ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 25, 2017—The Grade 3, $59,850 John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile CHallenge, with undefeated fastest-qualifier Runningallnight, tops three stakes races that highlight the racing action on Saturday of Zia Festival weekend at Ruidoso Downs. The highly popular Zia Festival starts in Friday and runs through Sunday at ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 23, 2017— Rock A Billy, an 8-1 longshot in the seven-horse field, earned his first stakes win in Sunday’s $56,520 AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3) at Albuquerque Downs. Ridden by Luis Rodriguez for owner Rockin J Running Horses of Gatesville, Texas, and ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 20, 2017— Albuquerque Downs will present the first Quarter Horse stakes of its season on Sunday, as a field of seven has been entered in the 870-yard, $50,000-added AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge (G3). Jess A Hilbily Bone, a homebred 6-year-old son of Rock Solid Jess racing for Rockin J Running Horses, will be making his ...



FARGO, ND—JULY 16, 2017—Multiple stakes winner Hastabealeader was the best on Sunday when he defeated Catcha Breeze in the $10,200 North Dakota Horse Park AQHA Bonus Challenge (not black type). Heza Prospect finished one-length back in third. Ridden by jockey Anseimo Padilla, Hastabealeader covered the 400 yards in :20.660 seconds to ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 14, 2017—Dalia Aranda’s Runningallnight raced to his second win from as many starts while setting the fastest-qualifying time to the $59,850 John Deere Juvenile Challenge(G3) from six 350-yard trials on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

The two-year-olds with the 10-fastest times in the trials advance to the ...




OLYMPIA, WA—JULY 17, 2017—Following a conference conducted June 30th, the Washington Horse Racing Commission released a stewards' ruling Monday, July 3, finding trainer Jose Ariel Lozano responsible for a positive hair-test for clenbuterol, a class 3 substance which is prohibited in the State of Washington, taken from the winner of the 2017 Dick ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 10, 2017—Norma Blazer’s Best Behavior, a winner of two of three starts, leads a contentious set of six trials to the $59,850 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge on Friday afternoon, July 14, at Ruidoso Downs. The Friday program starts the three day per week schedule at Ruidoso Downs. Racing will be held on Friday, ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 9, 2017—Had To Be Ivory kept his record a perfect 2-for-2 after defeating Carneros by a neck in the $20,617(US) John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge Sunday afternoon at Ajax Downs. Silky Senator finished another neck back in the blanket finish to get third. Under a confident ride by jockey Tony Phillips, Had To Be Ivory ...



By MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AJAX, ONTARIO, CANADA—JULY 8, 2017—Express Your Desire, a homebred son of Desirio and the fastest qualifier, drew post 3 for Sunday’s 350-yard, $26,550 John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Ajax Downs. Express Your Desire made his season debut with a one-length ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 4, 2017—The Fiscal Cliff and jockey Benito Baca won the $60,840 Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge by 1-¼ lengths on Tuesday at Canterbury Park. The 4-year-old Quarter Horse colt added $29,203 to his bankroll today and has now won 12 of 19 races and $387,321 in purse money. He is trained by Kasey ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 4, 2017—Jr Rock Star won the $33,750 Merial Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge by a head over Blacks Cartel. Brayan Velazquez was aboard the 4-year-old mare for leading trainer Jason Olmstead and owners Don and Lucille Webb of Diamond, Missouri. "This mare has been real game," Olmstead said. "She tries her guts out every ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 3, 2017—The Fiscal Cliff, a homebred 4-year-old son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Tom Lepic of Iowa City, Iowa, is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for Tuesday’s 440-yard, $60,840 Bank of America Canterbury Championship Challenge Stakes at Canterbury ...



GRANTS PASS, OR—JULY 2, 2017—The heavy favorite in the $7,080 Carl Alleman Bonus Challenge (not black type) at Grants Pass in Oregon on Sunday did not disappoint; Tickle Ur Fancy won by a length and a half with regular rider Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa. The filly earned a 112 speed index for her final time of 17.361 in the 350-yard event, part of ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 1, 2017—In the 400-yard $48,510 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge, Irma Vargas’ Maxx was with the leaders within the first 100 yards and then showed why he was the even-money choice. He drew out and withstood a mild bid from runner-up Rock About It to win by three quarters of a length. Maxx, with Jose Amador ...



BELCOURT, ND—JULY 1, 2017—Under jockey Duane Salvino, Miss Ramblin Moon drove to a half-length win over Catcha Breeze in the $4,550 Chippewa Downs Challenge (not black type) Saturday afternoon at Chippewa Downs. Owned-and-trained by Perry Cavanaugh, Miss Ramblin Moon completed the 350 yard task in :18.140 seconds to earn a 91 speed index. ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 26, 2017—Fastest qualifier Maxx will face nine rivals in the $48,510 Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 18, 2017—The royally bred Mrs First Lady got her first career win on Sunday when she drove a neck victory over Maryland Magic in the $22,452(US) AQHA Ajax Maiden Challenge at Ajax Downs. Fastest qualifier One Dashin Rose made the lead but was caught in the blanket finish to settle for third. Ridden by jockey Brian Bell, Mrs First Lady ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 18, 2017—Express Your Desire, broke in under jockey Neil Husbands in his first career start Sunday before rolling to a one-length win and the top qualifying time for the John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge at Ajax Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trial races for Challenge Enrolled 2-year-olds, will return to the ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 17, 2017—Last year's Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge(G3) winner Maxx dug in under jockey Jose Alvarez to defeat Marseille by a neck while setting the fastest qualifying time for the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from three trail races contested for ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 13, 2017—On Saturday’s program are the trials to the $48,510 Adequam Ruidoso Downs Derby. First post time is 1 p.m. The derby trials run as the sixth through the eighth races. The Adequan Derby trials are highlighted by the third trial, the eighth race. The trio of Maxx, Born To B Bad and Eaglelistic will be competing ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 4, 2017—Coming off a 10th place effort for a $15,000-tag last fall, One Dashin Rose was an impressive wire-to-wire winner in her 3-year-old debut Sunday at Ajax Downs. Ridden by jockey Cassandra Jeschkle, One Dashin Rose flew over the 330-yard course to win by 1 ½ lengths on a sloppy racecourse. Her clocking of :16.950 ...



POCATELLO, ID – MAY 29, 2017 - Mark Hanson and Eddie Aceves swept the three stakes at Pocatello Downs on Monday, including the final race of the card, the $40,000 Bank of America Pocatello Downs Championship Challenge.

Hanson and Aceves teamed up to bring Sign of Corona to the winner’s circle in the final race of the Pocatello meet, ...



POCATELLO, ID— MAY 29, 2017—It was an all-Hanson exacta in the $18,500 BetAmerica AQHA Maiden Challenge at Pocatello Downs on Monday, as Dashing Executive ($8.40) edged out stablemate Cartels Jubalee in the first of three stakes races on the card.

Trained by Mark Hanson and ridden by Eddie Aceves, Dashing Executive covered the 350 ...