AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 1, 2017—In the 400-yard $48,510 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge, Irma Vargas’ Maxx was with the leaders within the first 100 yards and then showed why he was the even-money choice. He drew out and withstood a mild bid from runner-up Rock About It to win by three quarters of a length. Maxx, with Jose Amador ...



BELCOURT, ND—JULY 1, 2017—Under jockey Duane Salvino, Miss Ramblin Moon drove to a half-length win over Catcha Breeze in the $4,550 Chippewa Downs Challenge (not black type) Saturday afternoon at Chippewa Downs. Owned-and-trained by Perry Cavanaugh, Miss Ramblin Moon completed the 350 yard task in :18.140 seconds to earn a 91 speed index. ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 26, 2017—Fastest qualifier Maxx will face nine rivals in the $48,510 Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. with free parking and free general admission. ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 18, 2017—The royally bred Mrs First Lady got her first career win on Sunday when she drove a neck victory over Maryland Magic in the $22,452(US) AQHA Ajax Maiden Challenge at Ajax Downs. Fastest qualifier One Dashin Rose made the lead but was caught in the blanket finish to settle for third. Ridden by jockey Brian Bell, Mrs First Lady ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 18, 2017—Express Your Desire, broke in under jockey Neil Husbands in his first career start Sunday before rolling to a one-length win and the top qualifying time for the John Deere Ajax Juvenile Challenge at Ajax Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trial races for Challenge Enrolled 2-year-olds, will return to the ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 17, 2017—Last year's Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge(G3) winner Maxx dug in under jockey Jose Alvarez to defeat Marseille by a neck while setting the fastest qualifying time for the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from three trail races contested for ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 13, 2017—On Saturday’s program are the trials to the $48,510 Adequam Ruidoso Downs Derby. First post time is 1 p.m. The derby trials run as the sixth through the eighth races. The Adequan Derby trials are highlighted by the third trial, the eighth race. The trio of Maxx, Born To B Bad and Eaglelistic will be competing ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 4, 2017—Coming off a 10th place effort for a $15,000-tag last fall, One Dashin Rose was an impressive wire-to-wire winner in her 3-year-old debut Sunday at Ajax Downs. Ridden by jockey Cassandra Jeschkle, One Dashin Rose flew over the 330-yard course to win by 1 ½ lengths on a sloppy racecourse. Her clocking of :16.950 ...



POCATELLO, ID – MAY 29, 2017 - Mark Hanson and Eddie Aceves swept the three stakes at Pocatello Downs on Monday, including the final race of the card, the $40,000 Bank of America Pocatello Downs Championship Challenge.

Hanson and Aceves teamed up to bring Sign of Corona to the winner’s circle in the final race of the Pocatello meet, ...



POCATELLO, ID— MAY 29, 2017—It was an all-Hanson exacta in the $18,500 BetAmerica AQHA Maiden Challenge at Pocatello Downs on Monday, as Dashing Executive ($8.40) edged out stablemate Cartels Jubalee in the first of three stakes races on the card.

Trained by Mark Hanson and ridden by Eddie Aceves, Dashing Executive covered the 350 ...



LETHBRIDGE, ALB—MAY 28, 2017—Tac It Perry dueled Reds On Fire to the wire, getting a neck win in the $15,810 AQHA Rocky Mountain Turf Club Maiden Challenge Sunday afternoon at Lethbridge. Streakinbabe was a nose back in the blanket finish for third. Ridden by jockey Alejandro Almanzan, Tac It Perry cruised over the 350 yards in :17.949 seconds, a 94-speed index with a 7 mph tailwind. ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 20, 2017—The final Saturday of the Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse meet featured the final of the $70,020 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge (G3) and the $55,260 Adequan Texas Derby Challenge (see related story). Both winners were bred by their connections and emotional and joyous post-race celebrations. ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 20, 2017—It was another family affair Saturday afternoon when fastest qualifier, Gustafame returned in impressive fashion in the final of the $55,260 Adequan Texas Derby Challenge. The son of Freighttrain B out of the Dash Ta Fame mare Kensey ...



MILES CITY, MT – MAY 20, 2017 - A pair of Montana-bred fillies dueled down the stretch in the $12,300 BHS Bonus Challenge (not black type) on Saturday at the Bucking Horse Sale races in Miles City, but it was Mags Rambling Moon ($6.80) who put a head in front at the wire under jockey Joseph Belloc, Jr. The pair covered the 350 yards in 18.019 ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 17, 2017—Sam Houston Race Park hosts its final weekend of live American Quarter Horse racing beginning Friday. Stakes action includes the final of the $70,020 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge (G3) and the $55,260 Adequan ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 14, 2017—A sharp start put Sky Bo Dash on the lead immediately in Sunday’s Grade 2, $114,480 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Remington Park. The 4-year-old then dug in to hold off Rockin Disco to win by a head. Owned by Bobby Simmons of Breckenridge, Texas and trained by Trey Wood, Sky Bo Dash was handled ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 14, 2017—The Grade 3, $53,190 Remington Park Merial Distaff Challenge went to Time For Wine who opened her advantage over the second-half of the 400-yard race to win by one length. Owned by Pete Scarmardo of Caldwell, Texas and trained by John Weghorst, Time For Wine was ridden by James Flores. The 5-year-old mare ...



OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 14, 2017—CJs Rocksolid won the Grade 3, $57,330 American Quarter Horse Association Remington Park Distance Challenge on Sunday with a sharp stretch rally. Sent off at 6-1 odds in the betting, jockey Josh Romero allowed his mount to settle in the 870-yard race and save his best stride for the stretch run. CJs ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 14, 2017—The 440-yard track at Pocatello Downs was annihilated on Sunday during three trials contested for the $30,000-Added Bank of America Pocatello Challenge Championship. At the end of the day multiple stakes winner Time For Jesse Lee stood atop the qualifiers list when he defeated James First Affair by a neck, ...



MAY 14, 2017—Trials for the Maiden Challenge races were contested on Sunday at Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge and Pocatello Downs in Pocatello, Idaho. Bank of America Rocky Mountain Turf Club Maiden Challenge Trials Dashing By All, a 3-year-old colt by multiple stakes sire Bodacious ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 13, 2017—Trials were run on April 22 for the $41,757 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge (not black type) at Sam Houston Race Park. Chula Kid a neck behind fastest qualifier Borger Boy and earned the second-fastest clocking, but turned the tables this evening, and won the first stakes of her career. The 4-year-old ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—MAY 13, 2017—Elite Oilfield Services’ Eos Corona N Chicks will put his three-race win streak on the line from the rail post in Sunday’s 440-yard, $100,000-added Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge (G2) at Remington Park. Eos Corona N Chicks’ current streak began at Zia Park on November 27, when the ...



HOUSTON, TX—MAY 10, 2017—Trials were run on April 22 for the $41,757 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park. Almada Racing’s Borger Boy broke his maiden and set the fastest qualifying time that evening. The son of Bigtime Favorite won his 350-yard trial in :17.584 seconds, ...



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 ...