AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 3, 2019—Randy Dickerson's Cm Singing The Blues closed well under jockey Cesar Franco in the first of two trials Saturday night for the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge to set the fastest qualifying time at Los Alamitos Race Course. Due to several scratches in the two races, the nine horses who competed in ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB—AUGUST 3, 2019—After two trials on Saturday afternoon, Light Footed emerged as the fastest qualifier to the John Deere Grande Prairie Juvenile Challenge.

Light Footed ($5.80) and jockey Ricardo Moreno won the second trial. They covered 350-yard trial in 18.555 and cleared the rest of the field by a length.

Light ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 2, 2019—Reliance Ranches LLC will have a strong quartet of 2-year-olds racing in a pair of trials to the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The horses with the 10 fastest times in the 350-yard trials will advance to the John Deere California final to be held here on August 17. Reliance Ranches won the John Deere California ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 28, 2019—Making his first official start in nearly 11 months, Let There Be Sound overcame an outside post and scored a wire-to-wire, two-length victory in Sunday’s $54,137 AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3) at Albuquerque Downs. Let There Be Sound covered his 870-yard trip in :44.813 under jockey Gilbert ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB —JULY 28, 2019—Getit Hot won his second career stakes race in the $48,003 Adequan Evergreen Park Derby Challenge in Grande Prairie on Sunday afternoon.

Getit Hot ($8.60) was the third fastest qualifier to the regional Challenge qualifier in trials on July 14, finishing third in his trial. In his start prior to the ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB—JULY 28, 2019—Though he had tried 660 yards several times, Gone To Be Bright had never attempted an 870-yard race until Sunday at Grande Prairie. The 4-year-old son of Gone to the Mountain appeared to relish the extra distance and won his first start at the distance in the $28,802 Evergreen Park Distance Challenge Stakes. ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2019—Coming off a second-place effort in the Grade 2 Sam Houston Futurity, the lightly raced Pa Cha Ching won the last of four trials Saturday night to the John Deere Juvenile Challenge at Retama Park. The Tempting Dash colt's time of :17.771 seconds, a 95 speed index into a 10 mph headwind, was the quickest of the night. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Retama Park Saturday, August 17th to vie for the winners share ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 26, 2019—One stumbled at the start and the other bobbled the break but Fm Cartel Rock and Gianni Moons U battled it out in the last of four trials Friday night to get the top two qualifying times for the Adequan Retama Park Derby. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Retama Park on Saturday, August 17th to vie for the ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 25, 2019—Rock A Billy, a graded stakes placed 6-year-old son of Rock Solid Jess owned by Rockin J Running Horses, is one of eight Quarter Horse distance specialists entered in Sunday’s 870-yard, $52,000 AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3) at Albuquerque Downs. Rock A Billy is coming off of a 1-½ length ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 21, 2019—Thirty-one sophomores have been entered in Friday’s 400-yard Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge trials at Retama Park. Santander, a homebred son of champion FDD Dynasty owned and trained by Jorge Haddad, is coming off of a neck victory in the ...



AMARILLO, TX—JULY 17, 2019—Nomination and sustaining payments for several Bank of America Challenge regional races are due Thursday, August 1. Bank of America Championship Challenge
  • Prairie Meadows — $800 Sustaining Payment
  • Prairie Meadows — $2500 LATE FEE
Adequan Derby Challenge
  • Prairie ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—JULY 14, 2019—In her first start this season, grade 3-placed Papas Coleen defeated Chasin Harm to set the fastest qualifying time for the Adequan Grande Prairie Derby Challenge Sunday afternoon at Evergreen Park. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Evergreen Park on Sunday, July 28th to vie for the winner's share ...



AMARILLO, TX—JULY 15, 2019—Nomination and sustaining payments for several Bank of America Challenge regional races are due Monday, July 15. Bank of America Championship Challenge
  • Emerald Downs — $800 Sustaining Payment
  • Emerald Downs — $2500 LATE FEE
Adequan Derby Challenge
  • Will Rogers Downs ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, CANADA—JULY 12, 2019—Singles Cruise, a finalist in the February 9, $199,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1), is one of 10 sophomores entered in Sunday’s 400-yard Adequan Grande Prairie Derby Challenge trials at Evergreen Park. Racing for Barry Sather and trainer Janice Sather, Singles Cruise is a ...



SHAKOPEE, MN---JULY 7, 2019---Pyc Jess Bite Mydust continues to set records at Canterbury Park, this time as the first Minnesota-bred winner of the $54,511 Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge. The 5-year-old has also shattered the earnings record for any Minnesota-bred Quarter Horse, with $222,441 in career money earned. ...



SHAKOPOEE, MN—MAY 27, 2019—Stumbling at the start under jockey Jorge Torres, Curls Happy Wagon surged clear to defeat The Polar Vortex by an impressive 2 ¼ length margin in the $34,220 ARC Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge Sunday afternoon. Saddled by trainer Stacy Charette-Hill, Curls Happy Wagon stopped the clock in :19,885 seconds to ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 7, 2019—The first running of $26,554 Canterbury Park Distance Challenge was be one for the history books; the only 870-yard race of the Canterbury Park 2019 Quarter Horse meet ended in a dead heat between American Hat and Bout Tree Fiddy on Sunday afternoon

Final time for the 870-yard stake was 46.208 and the winners ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 5, 2019—Canterbury Park is proud to continue its support of the AQHA Bank of America Challenge Program and will host three regional qualifying races on Sunday, July 7.

2019 will mark the fourth year that Canterbury has hosted the Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge and the ARC Canterbury Park Distaff ...



SANDY, ID—JULY 4, 2019—Kool Odds, at 13-1 odds, proved to be the best on Thursday when he defeated multiple stakes winner Time For Jesse Lee by a neck in the $50,677 Bank of America Sandy Downs Championship Challenge. His time of :21.715 seconds for the 440 yards broke the Sandy Down's 27-year-old track record. Ridden by jockey Nakia ...



SANDY, ID—JULY 4, 2019—Fastest qualifier Wagonfullofdividends (5-2) will face the old warrior Time For Jesse Lee (7-2) in the $50,677 Bank of America Challenge Championship today at Sandy Downs. First post on Sandy Downs July 4th eight-race program is 1 pm (PDT). The Bank of America Challenge Championship will run as the card closer with ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 29, 2019—Valiant Tiberias dominated the $53,108 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge for his fourth consecutive win on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. A perfect 4-for4 this season, he was winless from three starts last year. Valiant Tiberias, the odds-on favorite, crossed the finish line an increasing three ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 23, 2019—The red-hot Valiant Tiberias will head a strong field in the $53,106 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon. Valiant Tiberias is a surprise horse this summer at Ruidoso Downs. He was winless from three 2018 starts as a two-year-old and transformed into a horse with three wins ...



SANDY, ID—JUNE 21, 2019—The 440 yard track record at Sandy Downs fell twice on Friday night after the track hosted a pair of trials for the $35,000-added Bank of America Sandy Downs Championship Challenge. In the opening trial One Sweet Fool rolled to half-length win under jockey Oscar Cervantes in :21.618 seconds, breaking the 27-year-old ...



AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 20, 2019—Nomination and sustaining payments for several Bank of America Challenge regional races are due Monday, July 1. Bank of America Championship Challenge
  • Los Alamitos — $800 Sustaining Payment
  • Los Alamitos — $2500 LATE FEE
  • Evergreen Park — $800 Sustaining Payment
  • Evergreen Park — $2500 ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 14, 2019—Valiant Tiberias continues to be the pleasant surprise of the Ruidoso Downs season while setting the fastest-qualifying time to the $53,108 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge on Friday afternoon. The three-year-olds with the 10-fastest times from the three 400-yard trials qualified to compete in the Adequan ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 12, 2019—Maiden Stakes winner Valiant Tiberias looks for his third win of the Ruidoso Downs season when he starts in the first of three trials to the $60,000 (est.) Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge on Friday, June 14. First post time is 1 p.m. with the 400-yard trials running as the first three races. ...



AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 10, 2019—Nomination and sustaining payments for several Bank of America Challenge regional races are due Saturday, June 15. Bank of America Championship Challenge
  • Emerald Downs — $400 Nomination Payment
Adequan Derby Challenge
  • Evergreen Park — $800 Sustaining Payment
  • ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 2, 2019—Rrelentless Partners’ Rrelentless parlayed a great start into a win in the $58,438 Grade 3 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge for Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon. Rrelentless grabbed an impressive early lead in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge and then held on to score by a ...



CYPRESS, CA—MAY 26, 2019—Multiple stakes winner Kr Hi Five stumbled at the start but recovered quickly under jockey Jose Nicasio to defeat Hez Jess A Secret by half-a-length in the $34,315 Adequan California Regional Derby Challenge Sunday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. The son of leading second-crop sire Five Bar Cartel completed the 400 yards in a :19.900 seconds, earning an 89 ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 24, 2019—Dave and Sally Kidd began KR Hi Five's 2018 autumn campaign having never won a major futurity. By November 17, 2018, KR Hi Five had given the Kidds two major wins at Los Alamitos Race Course. KR Hi Five will now look to deliver a third stakes victory for the mother and son racing ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 20, 2019—Nomination and sustaining payments for several Bank of America Challenge regional races are due Saturday, June 1. Bank of America Championship Challenge
  • Los Alamitos — $400 Nomination Payment
  • Sandy Downs — $800 Sustaining Payment
  • Sandy Downs — $2500 LATE FEE
  • Canterbury Park— $800 ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 19, 2019—Kis My Bit, under jockey Eddie Aceves, dueled multiple stakes winner Rob That Wagon to a nose victory Sunday afternoon in the $40,000 Adequan Pocatello Downs Derby Challenge at Pocatello Downs. Trainer Ricardo Castillo saddled the son of leading sire One Famous Eagle to ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—MAY 17, 2019—Wootan Racing's homebred Shaw Island Senator outdueled favorite Will B Valiant and those two prospects set the top-two qualifying times from three trials to the Grade 3, $58,438 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The horses with the 10-fastest times qualified to compete in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge on June 2. A strong, gusting headwind faced all of ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 14, 2019—Nomination and sustaining payments for several Bank of America Challenge regional races are due Wednesday, May 15. Adequan Derby Challenge
  • Ruidoso Downs — $800 Sustaining Payment
  • Ruidoso Downs — $2500 LATE FEE
  • Hipodromo — $400 Nomination Payment
  • Evergreen Park — $400 Nomination ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 12, 2019—Eye N Capo won his third stakes in a row and fifth stakes in his last seven starts, justifying his 3-5 odds at post time in the Grade 2, $68,442 Bank of America Remington Park Challenge on Sunday. Amazingly, the five stakes wins for Eye N Capo have taken place at five racetracks. This 5-year-old gelding won ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 12, 2019—Apparently Ms Esther didn't convince a lot of backers she was the real deal when she won the $50,000 Pauls Valley Stakes at Remington Park on April 27, but she solidified her place as the top distance horse of the meet, winning the Grade 3, $40,299 Remington Park Distance Challenge on Sunday. It was a virtual ...



KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 12, 2019—Favorite Bling stamped her ticket to this year’s Challenge Championships with an easy win in the $21,973 ARC Sun Downs Distaff Challenge on Sunday afternoon.

Piloted by Salvador Ibarra, Favorite Bling was three lengths clear of the rest of the field at the wire. The final time for the 400-yard stake was 20.106; ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 11, 2019—A full field of Challenge-nominated qualifiers competed in the $65,637 Bank of America Texas Championship Challenge (G2) at Sam Houston on Saturday night, but the race ended in a duel between fastest qualifier Sf Hot Pass and the winner, Kas Tempting.

Sergio Becerra, Jr. rode Kas Tempting to victory in 21.592 in ...



KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 11, 2019—Jesstafiably, under jockey Kassie Guglielmino, closed with a rush to catch posttime favorite Singles Cruise by a neck in the $37,587 Adequan Sun Downs Derby Saturday afternoon at Sun Downs. After finishing second to fastest qualifier Arizona Favorite, in the April 27 trials, Jesstafiably bounced off that race to ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 9, 2019—Eye N Capo, a winner of four of his last six stakes races, has been made a solid 3-2 morning-line favorite in Sunday’s Grade 2 $60,000-added Bank of America Challenge at Remington Park. Those four stakes wins for Eye N Capo came at Sunland Park in New Mexico, Evangeline Downs and Delta Downs in Louisiana, and ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX—MAY 9, 2019—Shannon Fisher’s SF Hot Pass, a 6-year-old Ivory James gelding and the fastest qualifier, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 440-yard, $65,637 Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park. SF Hot Pass ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI KENNEWICK, WA--MAY 9, 2019Arizona Favorite, a homebred son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel and the fastest qualifier, heads a field of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard, $27,587 Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge Stakes at Sun ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 5, 2019—Two trials determined the field for the $27,500 Adequan Pocatello Derby Challenge on Sunday afternoon at Pocatello. The 400-yard final for Challenge-enrolled 3-year-olds will be held on Sunday, May 19.

The winner of the second trial posted the fastest time, as Silver Jet Dash and jockey Jesus Valenzuela stopped ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 28, 2019— The fourth and final Quarter Horse stake of the Turf Paradise card was the feature race, the $46,657 Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge. In a battle down to the wire, Pirate Coves Hero edged out Jess Move You to win the regional qualifier.

Emilio Tapia picked up his second stakes win of the ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 28, 2019— In the third of four stakes races at Turf Paradise on Sunday, Pollitical Blood upset the field in the $40,205 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge as the longest shot on the board.

Pollitical Blood ($111.40) went off at odds of over 54-1 and had morning-line odds of 20-1 as the tenth fastest qualifier ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 28, 2019— The first of four stakes races at Turf Paradise on Sunday afternoon featured an easy win by the favorite, Run Raging Rhino Run, in the $21,973 Turf Paradise Distance Challenge Stakes.

Run Raging Rhino Run ($2.60) and jockey Karlo Lopez covered 870 yards in 45.090 to earn a 96 speed index. The duo broke first ...



by Greg Thompson, StallioneSearch OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 28, 2019—After the top-eight qualifiers from the trials for the AQHA Remington Park Distance Challenge(G3) (see related story) were posted at the conclusion of Saturday night's race card in Oklahoma City it was apparent that ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 27, 2019—Rock A Billy, a multiple stakes winner at 870 yards, was the fastest qualifier in two trials Saturday for the Grade 3 $27,500-added AQHA Distance Challenge set for Sunday, May 12 at that same distance. Two fields of six horses each made up the distance trials Saturday evening. Eight of the 12 competitors ...



KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 27, 2019—Arizona Favorite was the fastest of three qualifiers for trainer Hector Magallanes in the Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge trials on Saturday afternoon at Sun Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trial races today, will return Sun Downs on Saturday, May 11 to vie for the winner's share of a $25,000-added ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—APRIL 26, 2019—Twelve distance specialists have been entered in Saturday’s 870-yard AQHA Remington Park Distance Challenge (G3) trials at Remington Park. Ms Esther, a 5-year-old daughter of the Thoroughbred stallion Afrashad owned and trained by Jordan Baumann, is coming off of a head victory in ...