AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 7, 2017—At 32-to-1 odds a late run under jockey Jose Figueroa propelled Ablurrforsure to a neck win over Gone Fast (17-1) in the $25,020 Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge Sunday afternoon at the Kennewick, Washington racetrack. Fastest qualifier Klassic Secret Br finished ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 7, 2017—A full field of 10 fillies and mares, topped by morning-line favorite Klassic Secret Br, has been entered back in Sunday’s 400-yard, $25,020 Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge Stakes. Klassic Secret Br is a 5-year-old daughter of Fantastic Corona ...



KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 6, 2017—Multiple stakes winner Long Lost Buddy got his third career stakes win on Saturday after Genuine Version and L Bar D Genuine Red were both disqualified for interference in the $28,890 Adequan Sun Downs Derby at Sun ...



EDMONTON, AB—MAY 6, 2017—It was an exciting finish in the first race of the 2017 season at Northlands Park, as Mals First Down ($11.30) won the $20,000 Northlands Park Markel Bonus Challenge Stakes in a photo finish over Cruisinfourabruisin.

Mals First Down, ridden by Jose Rocha, won the 330-yard event for trainer William Leach and ...



KENEWICK, WA—MAY 6, 2017—Willie Foose, under jockey Salvador Ibarra, closed with a rush to break his maiden by a neck over Mr First Dash in the $24,087 AQHA/Dick Monahan Maiden Challenge Saturday afternoon at Sun Downs. Fastest qualifier Jesses Claim Ta Fame was another neck back in the blanket finish to get third. Owned-and-trained by ...



SONOITA, AZ—MAY 6, 2017— Quarter Horse racing resumed at the Santa Cruz County Fair track in Sonoita, Arizona this weekend, featuring the $19,000 Sonoita Ranchers Bonus Challenge on Saturday.

Captain On Takeoff ($4.40), the post-time favorite, broke on top from the eight post and won gate to wire in the 350-yard event for ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 6, 2017—Ridden by jockey Jordan Hadley, Katies Easy Moves defeated Jrs Blue Boy by a 1½ lengths in the $11,055 AQHA/Wyoming Horse Racing Bonus Challenge (not black type) at Weber Downs Saturday. La Guanavana finished a neck back in the show position. Saddled by trainer Jessica Hadley, Katies Easy Move raced over the 350-yard ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA—MAY 5, 2017—Charles G. Stojan’s Toughie, a graded stakes winning daughter of Stel Corona, will make her first start in more than six months in Saturday’s 330-yard, $20,000 Markel Northlands Park Bonus Challenge Stakes at Northlands Park. A 4-year-old California-bred mare trained by William Leech, ...



By Martha Claussen KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 4, 2017—Long Lost Buddy will be in pursuit of his fifth consecutive win this Saturday in the $50,760 Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge at Sun Downs. Idaho-based trainer Mark Hanson is downright amazed at that statistic after what could have been a tragic start for the California-bred son of Favorite Cartel. We purchased him for $28,000 at the Heritage Place ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2017—When Jess A Cowboy defeated stablemate Heat Warning in the $60,480 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship Sunday afternoon, it was third consecutive Challenge stakes win on Sunday's Turf Paradise card for trainer Matthew Fales. Fales kicked off the ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2017—Cowgirl N Up was the much-the-best on Sunday when she went wire-to-wire to defeat fastest qualifier Famous Joker by one-length in the $34,380 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge. Arrow Of Cupid finished a neck behind to take third. Ridden by jockey Jorge Bourdieu, Cowgirl N Up raced over the 350 yards in :17.891 seconds, a 91-speed index into a 7-mph headwind. It was the second straight win in as many ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2017—Multiple stakes winner Mickey Ward was much the best today as he cleared the field early then romped to a 5 ¼ length victory over former Distance Champion Executive Trust in the $20,340 AQHA Turf Paradise Distance Challenge. Rare Ed finished a neck back for third. Saddled by trainer Matthew Fales and ridden by ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 29, 2017— A set of three trials were conducted over a sloppy track on Saturday night at Remington Park, determining the finalists for the Grade 2, $100,000 Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge on May 14. EOS Corona N Chicks posted the top time at 440 yards, leading a total of five runners from the second trial to make the final. Owned by Elite Oilfield Services of ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 29, 2017—Making his first start since a fourth-place effort in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge(G3) last July, Gustafame drew off, under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo, to set the fastest qualifying time in the Adequan Texas Derby Challenge trials at Sam Houston Race Park Saturday night. The 10 fastest qualifiers will ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 28, 2017—Black Onyx raced to his second consecutive win Friday night when he took the opening trial for the John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge(G3) while posting the top qualifying time of :18.051 seconds. Ridden by jockey Jose Martinez, Black Onyx broke quickly then raced to a ¾-length win, into a 18-mph headwind, over ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 28, 2017—Michael C. Teel’s AJs High, a multiple graded stakes winner during his 4-year-old campaign, will make his season debut in the first of three Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship (G2) trials at Remington Park on Saturday. A homebred son of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 27, 2017—Donnie E. Johnson’s Eaglelistic, a graded stakes placed son of Flyingwitheagles trained by Cody Reynolds, is one of 21 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Adequan Texas Derby Challenge trials at Sam Houston Race Park. Eaglelistic is coming ...



KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 26, 2017—Sun Downs hosted trials for the Adequan Derby Challenge, Merial Distaff Challenge and the Dick Monahan Maiden Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge Trials Long Lost Buddy, under jockey Eddie Aceves, got up at ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 25, 2017—Recent maiden winners Black Onyx and Ivory Noche are among the 62 2-year-olds entered in Friday’s 350-yard John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park. Black Onyx is a gelded son of Rock Solid Jess trained by Angel ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 22, 2017—Perhaps the confidence of being AQHA world champion or not having the pressure of being the fastest qualifier in trials for the $103,320 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2) had an impact on Jessies First Down. Tonight at Sam Houston Race Park, Ted G. ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 22, 2017—Sam Houston Race Park also hosted the $28,440 Merial Texas Distaff Challenge Saturday evening. Trainer Leon Bard and jockey Francisco Calderon won the Merial Texas Distaff last year with Time for Wine and teamed up this year with Brookside. The 4-year-old mare by Brookstone ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 22, 2017—West Texas Juvenile-placed Borger Boy got his first victory Saturday night with a neck win over Chula Kid to set the fastest qualifying time for the $41,757 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park. The son of champion sire Bigtime Favorite completed ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 19, 2017—There will be plenty of live racing action and entertainment this weekend at Sam Houston Race Park. Saturday’s card includes four Bank of America Maiden Challenge trials, followed by the $28,440 Merial Texas Distaff Challenge as well as the final of the $103,320 ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 15, 2017—Stolis Pro rushed to the lead from the outside post under jockey Francisco Calderon, quickly opened daylight on the field down the backstretch, then cruised to a 2-¼ length victory in the $18,900 AQHA Texas Distance Challenge Stakes Saturday night a Sam Houston Race ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 11, 2017—Alejandra Carrion’s EC Cartel, a homebred son of Tinys First Corona, will make his 8-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 870-yard, $18,900 AQHA Sam Houston Distance Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park. EC Cartel will be making his first start since November 23, when the gelding ran third, 2 ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—APRIL 10, 2016—The Bank of America Racing Challenge Condition Book is now available in both hard copy and digital format. The digital Condition Book is ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 8, 2017—Facing older horses for the first time in his career, Grade 2 winner Nucky rolled to a half-length win and top qualifying time for the Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship Saturday afternoon at Turf Paradise. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to the Arizona raceway on Sunday, April 30th to vie for the winner's share of a $55,000-added purse ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 8, 2017—Famous Joker, a $100,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate, posted the fastest qualifying time for the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Saturday afternoon after breaking his maiden by 1-¾ lengths. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the three trial races contested, will return to Turf Paradise on Sunday, April ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 5, 2017—Heat Warning, a homebred 6-year-old son of A Regal Choice racing for Ralph and Carolyn Fales, is one of 15 aged sprinters entered in Saturday’s ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 31, 2017—Two trials were contested this evening at Sam Houston Race Park to determine the ten fastest qualifiers for the $103,320 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2). Trainer Judd Kearl and rider Rodrigo Vallejo won both trials, with Dutcher ($5.00) setting the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 27, 2017—Jessies First Down, a homebred 6-year-old son of FDD Dynasty and the sport’s reigning world champion, is one of 19 aged sprinters entered in Friday’s 440-yard Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge ...



TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 13, 2017—Phoebesdynasty, a daughter of World Champion FDD Dynasty, has been named the winner of the February 18th $13,650 Rillito Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black type) this week after winner Captain On Takeoff was disqualified for a ...



TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 12, 2017—Fastest qualifier Black Ops returned Sunday to set a new track while winning the $15,996 Rulon Goodman AQHA Maiden Challenge (not black type) at Rillito Park. Ridden by jockey Emilio Tapia, Black Ops raced over the 350 yards in a quick :17.028 clocking, a ...



TUCSON, AZ—FEBRUARY 25, 2017—Making his first start of the year, 3-year-old Black Ops broke his maiden in an impressive one-length win to post the top qualifying time for the Rulon Goodman AQHA Maiden Challenge (not black type) on Saturday at Rillito Park. The eight-fastest qualifiers, from ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TUCSON, AZ—FEBRUARY 18, 2017—Joel Merino Gamez’s Captain On Takeoff headlines a full field of eight sprinters entered in Saturday’s 330-yard, $10,000-added AQHA Rillito Bonus Challenge Stakes at historic Rillito Park. Captain On Takeoff will be shortening in distance and dropping in class off of his fifth-place ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JANUARY 24, 2017—The 2017 Bank of America Challenge Championship will be held at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. The event will be held on October 14, 2017, and will include the John Deere Juvenile, Adequan Derby, Merial Distaff, Distance and Bank of America Championship Challenges. This is the third time the racetrack will host the championship ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PORTLAND, OR—JANUARY 20, 2017—A field of eight, headed by multiple stakes winner For Sweet Jess, has been entered in Monday’s 440-yard, $20,000 Portland Meadows Bonus Challenge Stakes at Portland Meadows. A 4-year-old gray son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JANUARY 17, 2017—The 2017 Bank of America Racing Challenge tentative regional schedule is now available. This schedule could be subject to change. CLICK HERE for current schedule. There are 51 regional races ...



AMARILLO, TX—DECEMBER 20, 2016—Enrollment deadline for weanlings (foals of 2016) into the AQHA Bank of America Challenge Racing program is Saturday, December 31st. Horsemen and women are urged to get their 2016 foals enrolled as well as any yearlings (foals of 2015) and 2-year-olds (foals of 2014) who have not been previously enrolled. ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—DECEMBER 20, 2016—The American Quarter Horse Association expects to release the 2017 Bank of America Racing Challenge regional race schedule on January 15. "We set a deadline for tracks to submit their requests by December 15 and were pleased with the timely responses received," said Janet VanBebber, AQHA ...



CLAREMORE, OK—NOVEMBER 6, 2016—Suzie Sauce made a big step up in class Saturday when she held off Tres Tacho by a neck to the $25,575 AQHA Maiden Challenge at Will Rogers Downs. Hitta Big Lick finished a nose back in a blanket finish to get ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—OCTOBER 30, 2016—Charley Hunt saddled the first ever Bank of America Challenge Championship winner when Nancy McCoy’s champion Junos Request won the 1993 running at Sunland Park. Twenty-three years later Hunt was fighting back emotions in the winner’s circle after his son, Charlton Hunt, saddled Michael Teel’s AJs High to ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—AJs High, a homebred 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess trained by Charlton Hunt for owner Michael C. Teel, earned his 10th lifetime stakes victory in Saturday's 440-yard, $353,500 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos. Under jockey Stormy ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—Sent to post as the 8-5 favorite in a field of 11 sophomores, John and Cina Sperry's Jess Good Reason responded with a victory in Saturday's $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Los Alamitos. Jess Good Reason covered 400 yards in :19.731 and the final 220 in :9.60, and her winning margin ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—Tony Guymon rode 2-1 second choice One Proud Eagle to a half-length victory in the 350-yard, $151,250 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos on Saturday. Trained by John Cooper for owner Ron Hartley, One Proud Eagle stopped the timer in :17.525 while posting a 94 speed index and ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—Making her first start outside of Texas, Pete A. Scarmardo's Time For Wine outran her 8-1 odds to score a convincing 1½-length win in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on Saturday. Prepped by Brian Stroud, Time For Wine went 400 yards in :19.777 and earned a 91-speed ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—Rare Ed, a 5-year-old son of champion Dean Miracle racing for Suzan R. Crotts and Martin Marin, earned his first stakes win in Saturday's Grade 1, $125,000 Andreini Distance Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Ramon Guce for trainer Jim Crotts, Rare Ed covered 870 yards in :45.693, and the ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—A sharp break from her rail post helped Jerry D. Chapman's Million Dollar Kiss score her first stakes win in more than two years in Saturday's 350-yard, $75,000 Markel Invitational Bonus Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Bret Vickery and sent to post at odds of 9-2, ...



CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 22, 2016—Redneck Sis dueled to a neck win over Rc Corona in the $29,603 Cherokee Challenge Stakes Saturday afternoon at Will Rogers Downs. Jess Coronation finished a neck back in the blanket finish to take third. Ridden by jockey Randy Wilson, the 8-year-old ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 19, 2016—This year’s John Deere Champion Owner in the Bank of America Challenge program has an international flavor – the winners are Barry and Janice Sather of Beaverlodge, Alberta. This is the first time in more than 15 years that the champion owners were from outside ...