AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 14, 2017—Michael A. Pohl's Jess Paint Your Lips extended her win streak to five races with a three-quarter length score in the $105,000 Boehringer Ingleheim Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows on Saturday. Prepped by Stacy Charette-Hill and sent to post as the 3-5 favorite, Jess Paint Your ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 14, 2017—Carris Cartel overcame a stumble at the break and rallied to win Saturday's 350-yard, $131,300 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows. Saddled by Edelmiro Carrizales for owner Nancy Carrizales, Carris Cartel defeated Jd Wagon Boss by a neck in :17.500 on a sloppy and ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 14, 2017—Zoomin Racer was a prompt even-money favorite in Saturday's $105,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows. Owned and trained by Fernando Carrete of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Zoomin Racer covered 870 yards in :45.318 and recorded a 101 speed index on a sloppy and sealed track. ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 12, 2017—Gone Fast is doing what she is bred to do, carrying on what her family has been doing for more than three decades. A fifth-generation homebred racing for Sharon and Gary Mueller’s Phoenix Farms at Idaho Falls, Idaho, the 4-year-old black mare by Meter Me Lucky will break from ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 13, 2017—Greg Watson laughingly calls Fast Man Vic "the Canadian Avenger" and will send out the 5-year-old Mighty Invictus gelding in Saturday’s $330,000 Bank of America Challenge ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 13, 2017—He might have been a late bloomer, but he was an enduring bloom. Once SLM Big Daddy got rolling, it was hard to stop him. He would win 24 of 49 career starts, accumulate $1,013,550 in earnings, and win 14 stakes races. He would also earn six championship titles, including being world champion in ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 13, 2017—Remember the old saying about parting being such sweet sorrow? Saturday night will be sweet sorrow for Stacy Charette-Hill. The trainer from Lexington, Oklahoma, will send out Jess Paint Your Lips and Honeymoon Candy in the$105,000 Boehringer Ingelheim Distaff Challenge ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 12, 2017—Bob Johnson lives and travels in circles and circuits a little off the beaten path. Or to be more accurate, way off the beaten path. A longtime leading trainer of American Quarter Horses on the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, he and wife Shilo live at the far dead end of a ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 12, 2017—Buckey Stockwell has been a horseman all his life. And that’s saying something. Still going strong at 73 years of age, the Canadian cowboy from Camrose, Alberta, will send out two starters in Saturday’s Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows, in the Des Moines ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 12, 2017— Flash back 22 years, to when a Texas-bred with a pop-culture name ruled on the track. Mars Blackman was bred by Larry Brumbaugh and campaigned during his championship year by James Kelly and Charles Grannon. The champion 3-year-old gelding of 1995 that year won six of eight starts, including ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 11, 2017— David Brown rode Grade 1 winners as a jockey and now has a chance for a Grade 1 win as a trainer. The 50-year-old horseman will send out Juno Dat Timber in Saturday’s $105,000-guaranteed AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 10, 2017—The 2007 gelding All About Larry was a winner at traditional American Quarter Horse racing distances, but he became a true star when he came out at 870 yards. The gelded son of Heza Motor Scooter and out of the Shoot Yeah mare Come Hell Or Hiwater, bred by Las Vegas Ranch of Prescott, Arizona, was ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 11, 2017—Every year around this time, as the nation’s pocketbook is just about empty, Congress stares at a fiscal cliff and tries to avoid catastrophe with a last-minute continuing resolution on the budget. In American Quarter Horse racing, The Fiscal Cliff is anything but ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 11, 2017— The 24-year-old rider is making his mark. With 76 points earned in Bank America Racing Challenge events this season, Benito Baca is the Wrangler Champion Jockey for 2017. "This means the world to me – it shows how hard I’ve worked and how far I’ve come," says Benito, who ...



By Richard Chamberlain QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 11, 2017—Tammy Kay Johnson and her husband, Mike Wakefield, are the kind of do-it-yourself horsemen who built the sport of racing the fastest horses on earth into the multi-million industry it is today. They race under the name of their Rockin J Running Horses, which this season earned ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 9, 2017—Fredaville was a fourth-generation homebred mare racing for Robert Gentry of Lubbock, Texas. The mare is by Mr Jess Perry and out of the Dash For Cash mare Fearless Freda. She would win or place in 26 of 35 starts and earn $325,321. In 2012, Fredaville would ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 29, 2017—Michael Pohl's Just Paint Your Lips looked like a winner going into the paddock at Lone Star Park for Friday’s eighth race, the $37,260 Merial Distaff Challenge, and that she was. The 4-yr-old sorrel mare by Jess Louisiana Blue was the heavy favorite in the ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 29, 2017—Ricky Ramirez riding for owner/trainer Fernando Carrete guided favorite Zoomin Racer to an exciting 2-½ length victory in the Grade 3, $31,410 AQHA Distance Challenge Saturday at Lone Star Park. Final time for the 870-yard race was :45.791 over a muddy (sealed) racetrack. Speed index was 96. The ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—-SEPTEMBER 26, 2017—A field of 12 fillies and mares, headed by morning-line favorite Jess Paint Your Lips, has been entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $25,000-added Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge Stakes at Lone Star Park. Jess Paint Your Lips is a 4-year-old daughter of champion ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 24, 2017—Fastest qualifier Tempting Annee Gl posted a dominating performance under jockey Mario Delgado when she defeated Fast Prize Rumor by 1-½ lengths in the $47,700 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge Sunday afternoon at Will Rogers Downs. Sunday's victory propels the ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 24, 2017—Jc Wild Rose collected her first stakes win on Sunday when she defeated Eye Eye Captain by three-quarters in the $45,460 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge at Will Rogers Downs. Famousist finished another three-quarters back in third. Under jockey Mario Delgado, posttime favorite Jc Wild Rose completed the ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 24, 2017—Kicking off the year with a 6-¼ length win for a $5,000 tag at Remington Park, Trubador Dan punched his ticket Sunday to the $105,000-Guaranteed Grade 1 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship by getting up at the wire a head in front of Thespeedprofessor in the $35,370 AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 21, 2017—Rockin J Running Horses’ Rock A Billy, a graded stakes-winning son of Rock Solid Jess who is undefeated at the 870-yard distance, drew post 5 for Sunday’s $35,370 AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge Stakes at Will Rogers Downs. A homebred ...



ALTOONA, IA – SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 - Ajs High, winner of the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos in 2016, returned to the winner’s circle in the $70,740 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2) on Saturday. With his win in the Prairie Meadows regional qualifier, the defending Challenge Champion ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 16, 2017—Fastest qualifier Vallerro returned to Prairie Meadows Saturday to pick-up his third straight win, from four starts, when he defeated High Valley Girl by half-a-length in the $63,720 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge. Under jockey Stormy Smith, Vallerro rallied strongly over a sloppy (sealed) racetrack to complete the 350 yards in :17.870 ...



ALTOONA, IA – SEPTEMBER 16, 2017Faster Than Hasta was within a length of the lead at the wire, but was placed first in the $46,170 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge following the disqualification of the winning horse.

Dauns First Desirio crossed the wire first, but after an inquiry that indicated he interfered with Kowboy Jim to ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 14, 2017—Three regional Challenge stakes, led by the 440-yard, $70,740 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge Stakes (G2), headline Saturday’s eight-race program at Prairie Meadows. Michael C. Teel’s AJs High, a homebred ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 10, 2017—Making just her fourth career start, Tempting Annee Gl raced to a half-length win over Tres Of Elegants to post the top qualifying time for the John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge on Sunday. Ridden by jockey Mario Delgado, Tempting Annee Gl raced over the 350-yard course in :17.670 seconds, a 92-speed index, to set the top mark. Trainer R.L. Rick ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 10, 2017—Multiple stakes-placed Jdc Wild Rose was a wire-to-wire winner Sunday at Will Rogers Downs while posting the top qualifying time for the $32,500 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge. Ridden by jockey Mario Delgado, Jc Wild Rose, completed the 400 yards in a quick :19.674 clocking to earn a 98-speed index and ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 8, 2017—Robbin Caldwell’s Olena Sangria, a homebred chestnut daughter of Dashair, is one of 28 2-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 350-yard John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge trials at Will Rogers Downs. Olena Sangria has earned $49,758 from four races, and she was a finalist in the 350-yard, $1.155-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at ...



GRAND PRARIE, AB—SEPTEMBER 7, 2017—Bothered at the start, Jd Wagon Boss put in a huge effort to keep his perfect record in-tact by winning the $24,120(US) John Deere Evergreen Juvenile Challenge August 20 at Grand Prairie. Ridden by jockey Jose Rocha, Jd Wagon Boss completed the 350 yards in a quick :17.728 clocking, into a 30-mph ...



AJAX, ONT—SEPTEMBER 3, 2017—One Famous Glass rolled to a half-length win Sunday over stablemate Country Boy 123 in the $40,948(US) Bank of America Ajax Championship Challenge at Ajax Downs. Fast Man Vic finished another half-a-length back in third. Ridden by jockey Tony Phillips, One Famous Glass scored his 17th career win while pocketing ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 2, 2017—Graded stakes winner Tlc Dale rallied in the first of two trials Saturday to turn back a couple of graded winners and post the top qualifying time in the $60,000 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge Championship trials. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return Saturday, September 16th to vie for the ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 2, 2017—Coming off a second-place effort in the Arapahoe Park Derby on August 12, Dauns First Desirio romped to a 2-½ length win in the last of three trials Saturday for the $27,500-added Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge. Ridden by jockey Daniel Valles the son of champion sire ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 2, 2017—In just his third career start, Vallerro rolled to one-length win Saturday evening to post the fastest qualifying time for the $37,000-added John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return Saturday, September 16th to vie for the winner's share of the purse over 350 yards. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 31, 2017—Michael Teel’s AJs High, a Grade 1-winning homebred son of Apollitical Jess, is among the 14 aged sprinters entered in Saturday’s 440-yard Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2) trials at Prairie Meadows. A 5-year-old gelding ...



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 ...