AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 28, 2020—Forty 2-year-olds, headed by Peves Blue Duck, are entered in Friday’s 350-yard John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trials at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. A gelded son of the One Famous Eagle stallion Moonin ...



GRANDE PRARIE, ALB—JULY 27, 2020—Lovely Cuvee defeated First Prize Cruise by half-a-length Sunday in the ARC Distaff Challenge at Evergreen Park at Grande Prairie. Ridden by jockey J.B. Botello, the 3-year-old daughter of leading sire Tres Seis completed the 400 yards in a time of :20.622, into a 20 ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 25, 2020—Fastest qualifier His Time to Deal won the $61,149 John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge impressively on Saturday night. The race was second of three stakes on the card and the second regional Challenge qualifier.

Jose Vega rode His Time to Deal ($4.20) to a nearly 2-length victory for trainer Leon Bard. ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 25, 2020—A Painted Dynasty finally captured his elusive first career stakes after winning the $57,035 Adequan Derby Challenge at Retama on Saturday night.

A Painted Dynasty ($3.20) was the second fastest qualifier from three trials on July 3. On Saturday, Victor Urieta, Jr. guided him home in 19.890 to earn a 96 speed ...



ALTOONA, IA—JULY 25, 2020—Thomas D. Lepic's homebred Signs Of A Blue Moon defeated Cant Deny Her by a head in the last of three trials Saturday night for the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge to get the top qualifying time. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the three trial races, will return to Prairie Meadows on Friday, August ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 11, 2020---Graded stakes winner Shockinglyfamous rolled a one-length win over Senor Frogs in the $15,000 Regional Challenge Stakes this afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The New Mexico racetrack agreed to write a $15,000 Regional Challenge Stakes today, giving preference to 10 Rillito Championship Challenge qualifiers who ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 11, 2020—It may have taken five months but Charlies Fast Man earned a berth to the October 24th John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship(G2) by winning the $15,000 Regional Juvenile Challenge Stakes Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. It all started March 1st when Charlies Fast Man finished second in his career ...



POCATELLO, ID—JUNE 10, 2020-Dr Tool, a son of a leading second-crop sire Kiss My Hocks, extended his win streak to three on Wednesday night by defeating Calida by ¾'s quarters in the $39,740 Adequan© Pocatello Downs Derby Challenge. The 3-year-old went wire-to-wire, under jockey Jesus Valenzuela, ...



POCATELLO, ID—JUNE 10, 2020-Jt Easy Bug, under jockey Dallas Erickson, battled Frog Nation throughout the 440 yards before getting his nose in front at the wire to set the top qualifying time Wednesday evening for the Bank of America Pocatello Championship Challenge at Pocatello Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trial races ...



AUBURN, WA—JULY 8, 2020—Due to recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington has decided to amend some of their race dates for the next month or two. Emerald Downs plans to stay with a Wednesday and Thursday schedule through the end of August. The Emerald Downs Bank Of America, John Deere Juvenile ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 7, 2020—Post-time favorite Danjer left no questions unanswered in his return to Canterbury Park. The 4-year-old FDD Dynasty gelding won the deep fifth edition of the $62,739 Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge (G3) and broke the track record in the process. ...



GRANTS PASS, OR—JULY 6, 2020—Jess A Little More bounced off a third-place finish in the June 23rd trials to come back and win the $41,311 Adequan® Grants Pass Derby Challenge Tuesday night at Grants Pass Downs. Under jockey Ruben Lozano, Jess A Little Moore rolled to a 1-½ length win over Mc Una Aquila while completing the 400 yards in ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 7, 2020—Six stakes at Canterbury Park on Tuesday afternoon kicked off with the $34,315 Canterbury Park ARC Distaff Challenge, won by Lynnder 16.

The stake race was the first of three regional qualifiers for the AQHA Challenge Championships and was part of an all-Quarter Horse card at Canterbury.

Lynnder 16 ...



SHAKOPEE, MN – JULY 7, 2020 - In the last of six stakes, High On Chablis and Berkley Packer came home well clear in the $26,648 Canterbury Park Distance Challenge.

High On Chablis ($6.20) won the 870-yard stake by over two lengths in 46.336 to earn a 91 speed index in his first stake win.

In the last race of the night to close out ...



POCATELLO, ID—JUNE 10, 2020-Coming off a win in the Weber Downs Derby Challenge in his last start Dr Tool has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for the $39,740 Adequan® Pocatello Derby Challenge on Wednesday at Pocatello Downs. The win also includes a berth for the $150,000-est. Adequan Derby® Challenge Championship(G3) on ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 5, 2020—Ruidoso Downs will host two special Challenge stakes races on Friday and Saturday — carded as Race 10 each day. Regional Juvenile Challenge Stakes Friday's $15,000 Regional Juvenile Challenge Stakes is a 350 yard event giving preference to finalists of the Rillito Park Regional Challenge Juvenile, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI POCATELLO, ID—JULY 6, 2020—Dr Tool, a gelded son of Kiss My Hocks owned and trained by Luis H. Gonzalez, is one of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Wednesday’s 400-yard, $39,740 Adequan Pocatello Downs Derby Challenge Stakes. Dr Tool will be making his first-ever start at ...



SELMA, TX – JULY 3, 2020 - Trials on Friday night at Retama continued with three trials for the Retama Adequan Derby Challenge, led by Apollitical Barbie, the winner of the third and final trial. The final will be held on July 25.

Apollitical Barbie ($15.40) and jockey Kelsi Purcell edged clear of post-time favorite Rusty Blood Gl to win ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 3, 2020—His Time to Deal leads the qualifier list after three trials for the Retama John Deere Juvenile Challenge on Friday night.

His Time to Deal won the first trial to set the fastest time of the night, 18.130. It would remain the fastest trial of the night, and the top three finishers are the three fastest qualifiers. ...



Q-RACING—JULY 1, 2020—Due to weather conditions that made the racing surface unsafe, the trials for the Bank of America Pocatello Championship Challenge scheduled for July 1 have been rescheduled. The two trials will now be held July 8, with the final being run on July 31. The winner of the race will receive an invitation to compete ...



SELMA, TX—JUNE 29, 2020—Retama Park will host a trio of qualifying trials for both the John Deere Juvenile and Adequan Derby Challenge stakes on Friday's race card. The 10 fastest qualifiers from each divisional race will return to Retama Park on Saturday, July 25th to vie for the winner's share of a $35,000-added purse in each final. ...



AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 24, 2020—These nomination or sustaining payments will keep a horse eligible to compete in regional races. Winners of regional races are eligible to compete at the end-of-year Bank of America Challenge Championships at The Downs at Albuquerque on October 24.

Trial and race dates are tentative due to COVID-19 related ...




GRANTS PASS, OR—JUNE 23, 2020—One Flyin Foose flew to a three-quarter length win in the second of two trials Tuesday to set the fastest qualifying time for the Adequan Grants Pass Derby. The ten fastest qualifiers will return to Grants Pass Downs on Tuesday, July 7th to vie for the winner's share ...



Q RACING—June 2, 2020—Two Bank of America Racing Challenge races originally scheduled to be run at Sam Houston Race Park have been moved to Retama Park. The John Deere Juvenile Challenge and Adequan® Derby Challenge regional races originally scheduled to be run at Sam Houston will move, with the added money for both races going up from ...



Q RACING—MAY 31, 2020—In the wake of the cancellation of the 2020 meet at Sandy Downs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pocatello Downs at Pocatello, Idaho, has requested to also run the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship-division ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 29, 2020—These nomination or sustaining payments will keep a horse eligible to compete in regional races. Winners of regional races are eligible to compete at the end-of-year Bank of America Challenge Championships at The Downs at Albuquerque on October 24.

Trial and race dates are tentative due to COVID-19 related ...




LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 24, 2020—From the claiming ranks to the winner's circle in an AQHA Challenge stakes final, Fernando Flores' Mister Tornado has had a whirlwind of a year at Los Alamitos Race Course. Mister Tornado reached his crescendo by finishing powerfully to score a nose victory in the $37,961 Adequan California Derby Challenge on ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 24, 2020—The fastest qualifier from two trials on May 10, Dr Tool returned on Sunday afternoon to win the $50,771 Adequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge.

Due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Weber Downs agreed to host the regional ARC Distaff Challenge and Adequan Derby Challenge qualifiers that had ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 24, 2020—In the first of two regional AQHA Challenge qualifiers, Loco Ocho broke sharply and extended her lead to nearly a length to win the $27,676 ARC Weber Downs Distaff Challenge.

The 400-yard event was restricted to Challenge-enrolled fillies and mares. Due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Weber Downs ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 23, 2020—Fastest qualifier Dr Tool will be looking to repeat his trial performance on Sunday when he faces a field of 10 in the $50,771 Adequan Weber Downs Derby. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the May 10th trials will line-up at Weber Downs going 400 yards. The winner will also earn a starting spot in the 2020 $150,000-est. ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 23, 2020—Nine fillies are set to make their 2020 debut in Sunday's $27,676 ARC Weber Downs Distaff Challenge going 400 yards. The race is part of a heavy Sunday stakes card for the Utah track with first post set for noon (MDT). The ARC Weber Downs Distaff Challenge has been carded as Race 6 with an approximate post of ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 21, 2020—A strong field of nine sophomores will face off in the $37,961 Adequan California Derby Challenge on Sunday night at Los Alamitos. The winner of the Adequan California Derby will advance to the Grade III Adequan Derby Challenge Championship scheduled to be held at The Downs in Albuquerque later this ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 10, 2020—In the first of three sets of trials on Sunday afternoon at Weber Downs, Dr Tool emerged as the fastest qualifier for the $30,000-added Adequan Weber Derby Challenge. The 400-yard final will be held May 24.

Dr Tool cleared the rest of the field by two lengths in the first of two trials and set the fastest time of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OGDEN, UT—MAY 7, 2020—Seventeen sophomores, headed by stakes winner Thrill Of The Cartel, are entered in Sunday’s 400-yard Adequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge trials at Weber Downs. A gelded son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel, Thrill Of The Cartel is ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 5, 2020—Payments for Bank of America Racing Challenge regional races are due in May. These nomination or sustaining payments will keep a horse eligible to compete in regional races. Winners of regional races are eligible to compete at the end-of-year Bank of America Challenge Championships at The Downs at Albuquerque on ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 26, 2020—Jockey Josh Romero had a simple strategy when it came to getting the mount aboard Remington Park’s top distance horse this meet – Higher Flyin Eagle – in the Grade 2, $40,299 Remington Park Distance Challenge. “I begged,” he said after this 4-year-old gelding kept his undefeated streak going at 870 yards, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 23, 2020—A pair of graded stakes winners, Ms Esther and Madewell, will renew their rivalry in Sunday’s 870-yard, $23,500 AQHA Remington Park Distance Challenge Stakes (G2). A 6-year-old daughter of the Smoke Glacken (TB) stallion Afrashad (TB) owned and trained by Jordan Baumann, Ms Esther is ...



Q RACING—APRIL 15, 2020—While the movement or cancellation of events is fluid during the COVID-19 pandemic, the AQHA staff and management at Bank of America Racing Challenge regional racetrack management are dedicated to ensuring these races are handled as promptly as possible. There are several regional races, including former Sun Downs ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 11, 2020—Higher Flyin Eagle recorded the fastest time at 870 yards in Saturday night’s American Quarter Horse Association Remington Park Distance Challenge(G3) trials. He was faster tonight than last year’s Remington Park Champion Distance runner and another that won the Remington Park Distance Championship. While ...



Q RACING—APRIL 10, 2020—Due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, Sun Downs is unable to contest the Adequan® Regional Challenge Derby or the ARC Regional Challenge Distaff, but in accordance with the rules outlined in AQHA's Bank of America Challenge Condition Book, the races are being rescheduled and will run at another location. ...



Q RACING—APRIL 10, 2020—The global COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant changes and uncertainty, and the world of American Quarter Horse racing is having many adjustments. Information related to COVID-19 is available on AQHA’s racing page, including information on small business assistance and meet updates. The Bank of America ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-—APRIL9, 2020—Ms Esther, a 6-year-old daughter of Afrashad (TB) owned and trained by Jordan Baumann, is one of 10 distance specialists entered in Saturday’s 870-yard AQHA Remington Distance Challenge (G2) trials at Remington Park. Ms Esther is coming off of a fourth-place finish, 4 1/4 lengths ...



AUBURN, WA—APRIL 7, 2020—Emerald Downs, host of three regional Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, still plans to host a 2020 racing season. Emerald Downs was scheduled to open its 63-day meet on April 18. However, the track's actual opening day remains uncertain with the COVID-19 pandemic. "Everything is changing daily if not ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 29, 2020—Mi Amor Secreto was the best man in some pretty big races at Remington Park last year, but Sunday he showed he can be a groom in 2020, winning the Grade 2, $71,528 Bank of America Remington Park Challenge. Last year, this gelded son of champion sire The Louisiana ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MARCH 26, 2020—A field of 10 American Quarter Horses will go to post Sunday in the Grade 2, $60,000-added Bank of America Remington Park Challenge Stakes with Valiant Tiberias as the morning-line favorite at 5-2 odds. A 4-year-old gelding owned by Sergio Holguin, Cliften Nielsen and Felix Rodriguez, trained by Wesley ...



Q-RACING —MARCH 24, 2020—Stud Dos Amigos' Yankee Verde and Zion Verde took the exacta in the March 21 R$250,000 ($49,000 US) Bank of America South America Challenge at the Jockey Club de Sorocaba. Yankee Verde went the 440 yards in :21.475, two lengths the better of his nearest rival. Both horses were bred by Haras Vista Verde and ...



Q-RACING —MARCH 24, 2020—Payments for Bank of America Racing Challenge regional races are due in April.

These nomination or sustaining payments will keep a horse eligible to compete in regional races. Winners of regional races are eligible to compete at the end-of-year Bank of America Challenge Championships at The Downs at Albuquerque ...




TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 14, 2020—AQHA Challenge officials notified finalists to the Bank of America Rillito Championship Challenge and the John Deere Rillito Juvenile Challenge on Friday that due to concern surrounding COVID-19 Rillito Park to suspended it current race meet. In the event that Rillito Park is able to resume racing at a date in the ...



TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 1, 2020—A pair of "summer sale yearlings" won two trials and posted the top two qualifying times Sunday afternoon for the John Deere Rillito Juvenile Challenge at Rillito Park. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Rillito Park on Sunday, March 22nd to vie for the winner's share of $30,000-added purse as well as garner ...



TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 1, 2020—Thirteen Challenge-Enrolled 2-year-olds will make their racing debut today (Sunday) in two trials for the John Deere Rillito Park Juvenile at Rillito Park. First post is set for 1:30 p.m. (MST). The trials will be run as Races 7 and 8. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Sunday, March 22nd to vie for the ...