AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


GREAT FALLS, MT—JULY 28, 2018—Oklahoma-bred Pyc Disco closed fast under jockey Brian Beetem to defeat Super Starr by a head in the $9,040 State Fair AQHA Bonus Challenge (not black type) Saturday at Great Falls. One Dashin Man held for third. Owned-and-trained by Duane Lafferty, Pyc Disco completed the 300 yards in :15.532 seconds, ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2018—Three trials were run on the Friday evening card for the Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge. Jorge Haddad’s Droff, a homebred son of champion FDD Dynasty trained by Alonso Neri, won the second trial in a swift :19.778. Trained by Alonso Neri, Droff was ridden by Luis ...



AMARILLO, TX—JULY 27, 2018—AQHA's 2019 Bank of America® Regional Racing Challenge program is on course to return to a full regional schedule in 2019. Applications have already been sent to prospective racetracks to host 2019 Bank of America® Regional Racing Challenge races. “I am excited to be gathering information for next year’s Bank of ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 26, 2018—On Sunday, a field of 10 Quarter Horses, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered in the 870-yard, $40,000-added AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3). Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old gelding owned and trained by Jesus Carrete of Albuquerque, set the fastest qualifying time (:44.23) with his ...



EDMONTON, ALB—JULY 25, 2018—Under jockey Ricardo Moreno, 5-year-old Toughie drew clear Wednesday night to defeat Ima Running First by a one-length in the $8,840(US) Edmonton Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black type) at Northlands Park. Cruisinfourabruisin finished a neck back in third. Saddled by trainer William Leech, Toughie completed her ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 25, 2018—Fifty-six 2-year-olds, topped by graded stakes winner FM Im A Zatanaz Too, have been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge trials at Retama Park. Trained by Ismael Solis-Guevara for owner Jose Fabian ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 24, 2018—Partykrasher, a gelded son of Krash Cartel owned by Bennie and Teresa Jeter, is one of 21 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge trials at Retama Park. Partykrasher is coming off of a Sam Houston Race Park spring meet during which the homebred gelding won ...



IDAHO FALLS, ID—JULY 20, 2018—Rob That Wagon, under jockey Nikeela Black, held off Jess Send It to win the $48,960 John Deere Sandy Juvenile Challenge Friday night at Sandy Downs. It was the fourth consecutive win for the 2-yer-old son of leading sire Pyc Paint Your Wagon. From the barn of leading ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI IDAHO FALLS, ID—JULY 13, 2018—Rob That Wagon, a gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon and the fastest qualifier, will risk his three-race win streak in Friday’s 350-yard, $48,960 John Deere Sandy Downs Juvenile Challenge at Sandy Downs. Trained by Mark Hanson for owners RTM ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 15, 2018—Bouncing off a third-place effort in the trials, Stripper Dust finished best to defeat stablemate Spy For The Senate by three-quarters in the $20,140(US) Ajax Bonus Challenge Futurity Sunday afternoon at Ajax Downs. The stakes race was for AQHA Challenge enrolled 2-year-olds. Ridden by jockey Nakia Ramirez, ...



PRINEVILLE, OR—JULY 14, 2018—Multiple stakes winner For Sweet Jess broke sharp under jockey Robert Burney then held off Mals First Down by a head to win the $13,700 Jack Rhoden Memorial Bonus Challenge (not black type) Saturday night at the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Oregon. Trainer Jose Sanguino saddled the son of leading sire ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 13, 2018—Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old gelding owned and trained by Jesus J. Carrete of Albuquerque, is the fastest qualifier to the July 29, $52,000-est. AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes. Ridden by Jansen Melancon and sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, Zoomin Racer won the first of two 870-yards by two lengths ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JULY 12, 2018—The Bank of America Racing Challenge will celebrate the pinnacle of its 25th anniversary during the Bank of America Challenge Championship night, which is November 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course in sunny Southern California. There, many of the best racing American Quarter Horses will gather from ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 12, 2018—Friday’s nine-race program at The Downs will be headlined by two 870-yard AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge (G3) trials. Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old bay son of Jess Zoomin owned and trained by Jesus Carrete of Albuquerque, drew the rail post and will be ridden by ...



IDAHO FALLS, ID—JULY 6, 2018—Coming off win in the $92,602 Bitterroot Futurity on June 22nd, Rob That Wagon put in another solid effort to post the top qualifying mark from three trials contested Friday for the John Deere Sandy Juvenile Challenge at Sandy Downs. Ridden by jockey Nikeela Black, Rob That Wagon completed the 350-yard task in ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 4, 2018— Canterbury Park specialist Kowboy Jim added another Minnesota win to his resume in Wednesday’s $49,410 Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge. Final time for the 440-yard race was 21.743 over a fast wet track; the winner earned a 106 speed index.

Kowboy Jim ($10.00) is bred, owned and trained by ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 4, 2018—Canterbury’s current leading trainer, Jason Olmstead, and leading jockey, Cristian Esqueda, teamed up to bring Corona Springs to the winner’s circle in the $34,740 Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge on July 4.

Corona Springs ($7.40) was visually impressive in the paddock and carried her class ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 1, 2018—The 2016 winner of both the Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge and the $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), Ajs High, will return to race at Canterbury Park in the 2018 running of ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 1, 2018—The exacta from the 2017 Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge will return to compete in the 2018 $34,740 Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge on July 4.

Last year’s winner, Jr Rock Star, will compete for leading trainer Jason Olmstead, with Nakia Ramirez aboard. The 5-year-old daughter of ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 30, 2018—Mi Amor Secreto took a big step forward to win the $68,940 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Kelly Perez’s homebred Mi Amor Secreto, who she calls her keeper horse, raced to his first stakes win in the 400-yard derby Challenge and showed that he should improve when the ...



BELCOURT, ND—JUNE 30, 2018—Ramblin On in Style broke on top and was the gate to wire winner of the $6,330 AQHA Chippewa Downs Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black-type) on Saturday afternoon. The 4-year-old filly and jockey Francisco Estrada made it look easy, winning the 350-yard race by a length over a short field of five.

Ramblin On in ...



AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 25, 2018—Nominations and Sustaining payments for several Challenge races are due July 1. A nomination payment of $400 is due Sunday, July 1 for the following races:
  • Prairie Meadows Adequan Derby $37,500-Added (T: 09/01 F: 09/15)
  • Prairie Meadows John Deere Juvenile $45,000-Added (T: 09/01 F: 09/15)
...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 24, 2018—The promising fastest-qualifier Mr Amor Secreto looks to step forward in the $68,940 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge (see related story) on Saturday afternoon during Military Appreciation weekend at Ruidoso Downs. Every Saturday at Ruidoso Downs, $1,000 is added to the fifth race trifecta ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 17, 2018—Jess A Sweet Surpize went wire-to-wire in her maiden win Sunday at Ajax Downs while posting the top qualifying time for the Bonus Challenge Futurity. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trials for Challenge enrolled 2-year-olds, will return Sunday, July 15th to vie for the winner's share of the $15,000-added stakes ...



IDAHO FALLS, ID—JUNE 22, 2018—Coming off a win in the Sun Downs Distaff Challenge last month, Love To Reason Br blew the competition in the first of two trials Friday for the Sandy Downs Distaff Challenge. Under jockey Jose Figueroa, the 5-year-old mare was much the best as she romped to a 3 ¾ length win and the top qualifying time of ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 17, 2018—Had To Be Ivory ran his perfect record to 6-for-6 on Sunday when he defeated Carneros by half-a-length in the $17,285(US) Bonus Challenge Derby at Ajax Downs. Silky Senator finished another length back in third. Making his 2018 debut, under a hand ride by jockey Tony Phillips, Had To Be Ivory completed the 300 ...



GILLETTE, WY—JUNE 16, 2018—Colorado-bred Jrs Blue Boy posted a new track record Saturday when he defeated Genuine Version by ¾'s of a length in the $15,125 Energy Downs Bonus Challenge Stakes at Energy Downs. Under jockey Rene Lopez, Jrs Blue Boy covered the 350 yards in :17.199 seconds, a 114-speed index, with a 10 mph tailwind. The ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 15, 2018—Kelly Perez’s Mi Amor Secreto made a late bid on the outside and scored the fastest-qualifying time to the $68,200 Ruidoso Derby Challenge at Ruidoso Downs on Friday afternoon. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the four trials advanced to the Ruidoso Derby Challenge on June 30. Mi Amor Secreto is ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 14, 2018— A chance to win your own keg party courtesy of Brock Street Brewery is on tap on the popular Father's Day card of Quarter Horse Racing at Ajax Downs Sunday. Brings the Dads out for an exciting day of racing featuring the 1st running of the $22,800 Bonus Challenge Derby which marks the return of the undefeated Had ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 11, 2018—Reliance Ranches, LLC’s homebred Sc Vapor Trail has found success in the American Quarter Horse Association’s Challenge races and looks to add to that resume when she starts in the trials to the $60,000 (est.) Adequan Ruidoso Derby trials on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. and ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 8, 2018—Fastest qualifier Paint Me Southern returned Sunday afternoon to defeat stablemate Apollitical Toll by three-quarters in the $24,825 Ajax Bonus Challenge Maiden (not black type) at Ajax Downs. Senator Woot finished a neck back to take third. Ridden by jockey Ed Walton, Paint Me Southern covered the 300 yards in ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 8, 2018—Carol and Dave McIntyre of Hampton, ON have two chances at a big win at Ajax Downs on Sunday in the first running of the new AQHA Bonus Challenge Final worth $22,000.

The couple, whose horses race under their Big Dog Stable, have the aptly named High Rate Of Run as well as Senator Woot competing against eight ...




AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 6, 2018—Nominations and Sustaining payments for several Challenge races are due June 15. A nomination payment of $400 is due Friday, June 15 for the following races:
  • Emerald Downs Bank of America Championship $30,000-Added (T: 08/05 F: 08/26)
  • Los Alamitos Distaff $15,500-Added (T: 07/29 F: ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 28, 2018—With a dominant win in the $14,100 AQHA Fort Hall Casino Bonus Challenge, A Cartel Hustle broke the Pocatello Downs track record for 400 yards. A Cartel Hustle and Nikeela Black stopped the clock in 19.299, earning a 120 speed index.

The 4-year-old Idaho-bred gelding defeated the field by nearly two lengths in ...



LETHBRIDGE, ALB—MAY 27, 2018—Coming off a fourth-place finish in the Sun Downs Distaff Challenge earlier this month, Toughie put in a big finish to get a neck in front of Honor The Fast Man in Sunday's $13,056 RMTC Bonus Challenge (not black type) at Lethbridge. Ridden by jockey Ricardo Moreno, Toughie completed the 350 yards in :17.855 ...



AJAX, ONT—MAY 27, 2018—Under a hand-ride by jockey Ed Watson, Paint Me Southern won the second of two trials by 1-¼ lengths on Sunday to set the fastest time for the Ajax Bonus Maiden Challenge at Ajax Downs. It was the second consecutive win for the daughter of leading sire Pyc Paint Your Wagon ...



ABERDEEN, SD—MAY 26, 2018—Mr King Cartel, with Jeramie Fennell aboard, pulled ahead to win by a neck in the $4,650 Bank of America NHRA Bonus Challenge (not black-type) at Brown County Fair on Saturday.

Final time for the 350-yard race was 17.830; Mr King Cartel ($9.80) earned a 100 speed index.

Mr King Cartel is a 4-year-old North ...



LETHBRIDGE, ALB—MAY 26, 2018—Fastest qualifier First Prize Cruise returned on Saturday to defeat Deans Double Take by 1-½ lengths in the $14,742 Alberta Aged Series Bonus Challenge Maiden (not black type) at Lethbridge. This Budsforyou finished a neck back to take third. Ridden by jockey Martin Ortiz, First Prize Cruise completed the 350 ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 22, 2018—Nominations and Sustaining payments for several Challenge races are due June 1. A nomination payment of $400 is due Friday, June 1 for the following ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 19, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Joe Legacy went gate-to-wire, after nearly a three-year layoff, to defeat Lt Heza Winner by three-quarters in the $11,700 Utah-AQHA Bonus Challenge (not black type) Saturday at Weber Downs. Bay Max finished another three-quarters back to take third. Ridden by jockey Jesus Canales, Joe Legacy ...



MILES CITY, MT—MAY 19, 2018— Red Storm Memories held on to an early lead to win the $13,500 Bucking Horse Sale Bank of America Bonus Racing Challenge Stakes (non black-type), the final race on the Saturday card in Miles City.

Red Storm Memories ($11.40) and jockey Malouly Rodriguez opened with a one-length lead on the field and held on ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 18, 2018—In his first start this season multiple stakes winner A Cartel Hustle held off Bigtime Carter to win the $14,025 AQHA Fort Hall Casino Bonus Challenge (not black type) Friday afternoon at Pocatello Downs. Under jockey Nikeela Black, A Cartel Hustle completed the 350 yards in a quick :17.325 clocking to earn a 111 ...



AJAX, ONT—MAY 17, 2018—Ajax Downs will host two trials on Sunday for the Ajax Downs Bonus Challenge. Three-year-olds and up with an average Speed Index of 70 or Under are eligible. Contested over 250 yards, the $18,333-added final will be ...



KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 6, 2018—Love To Reason Br rallied to defeat posttime favorite and fastest qualifier Tickle Ur Fancy by a neck in the $25,110 Sun Downs Distaff Challenge Sunday afternoon in Kennewick, Washington. Ridden by jockey Jose ...



KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 5, 2018—Racing for a tag last year at Los Alamitos Race Course, 3-year-old Favorite Bling earned her first black type on Saturday when she defeated L Bar D Razle Dazle by a neck in the $38,700 Adquan Sun Down Downs Derby ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 4, 2018—Charles G. Stojan’s True Copy, a California-bred daughter of TR Dasher trained by William Leech, heads a field of 10 sophomores in Saturday’s 400-yard, $38,700 Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge Stakes at Sun Downs. True Copy is coming off of a 2-year-old campaign during which she earned ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 4, 2018—Nominations and Sustaining payments for several Challenge races are due May 15. A nomination payment of $400 is due Tuesday, May 15 for the following races:
  • Hipodromo Adequan Derby $20,000-added (T: 06/17 F: 07/01)
  • Hipodromo John Deere Juvenile $17,500-added (T: 06/10 F: 07/01)
  • Sandy Downs John ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2018—Trainer Tony Sedillo reported today that AQHA Racing Champion and All American Futurity(G1) winner Imperial Eagle is in "Good Order" after the Equibase chart reported that he was vanned off following a fifth-place finish in Sunday's $46,980 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship. Imperial Eagle ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 29, 2018 — Fitz and Joseph Belloc, Jr. pulled off an unexpected win in the $46,980 Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge, the featured race of Sunday’s afternoon card.

Belloc and Fitz covered the 440-yard race in 21.649 and earned a 102 speed index. Fitz ($15.00) was bet down from his 15-1 morning line. ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 29, 2018—With a surging run into the stretch, Rare Ed ($14.80) and Justine Klaiber passed heavy favorite Mickey Ward to win the $17,460 Turf Paradise Distance Challenge on Sunday afternoon. The stakes race kicked off a card with six Quarter Horse races and is one of only four Distance Challenge Championship qualifiers ...