AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 1, 2019—Winning the $266,250 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) on October 26 at The Downs at Albuquerque not only earned SF Hot Pass a provisional berth in the $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) in December at Los Alamitos, but it also earned the previously unranked ...



By Andrea Caudill AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 26, 2019—Mauro Eli Zaborowsky works hard to improve the sport of American Quarter Horse racing in Brazil, where he and his family operate Haras Vista Verde, a breeding operation of more than 30 years. The most recent winner of the John Andreini Special Achievement Award this week will send out his own ...



AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 26, 2019—The Bank of America Challenge Championships are a unique challenge - no pun intended - as it matches up quality horses from around the world. Fortunately, HorsePlayerNow has racing fans covered, with handicapping help that ranges from educational how-tos to a wagering guide for the championship races. ...



By Andrea Caudill AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 26, 2019—It's been a great year for jockey Ricardo Moreno. First, he has been honored as the 2019 Nutrena Challenge Champion Jockey. But even better, he is a newlywed and is expecting his first child. "This is my year," he says with a delighted smile. Moreno grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and ...



By Andrea Caudill AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 25, 2019—Trainer Mark Hanson this year picks up the Wrangler Challenge Champion Trainer title after a season that saw his horses earn him an impressive 115 points. The Idaho-based trainer says that the Bank of America Racing Challenge is an important part of their racing program. "With our racing ...



By Andrea Caudill AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 24, 2019—Jess My Kiss has been a consistent Grade 1 horse his entire career, and hasn't ever ducked from competition. He will race next in the $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championships (G1) on Saturday at The Downs at Albuquerque, for his owners and breeders Mark and Peggy Brown. "We're proud of him, he's a good colt," Mark said with fondness. The horse made waves as a freshman, when he ...



By Andrea Caudill AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 23, 2019— Sallisaw, Oklahoma-based trainer Jordan Baumann will saddle two horses during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 26 at The Downs at Albuquerque. One is his own distance runner, Ms Esther, who will contest the $100,000 Cox Ranch Distance Challenge Championship (G1). ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 23, 2019—Post positions for all five Bank of America Challenge Championship races were drawn during a special luncheon held Wednesday at the First Turn Lounge at Albuquerque Downs. A total of 10 Quarter Horse races will be contested on Saturday, including five undercard stakes. Post time for the first race is set ...



By Andrea Caudill AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 23, 2019—With bright, attentive eyes, the 2-year-old bay filly PYC Lovestruck looks out from her stall. Her crooked blaze melts down the left side of her face, pooling on her upper lip. She has been groomed to a gleam, mane neatly trimmed, and wears a light blanket to keep out the crisp morning air. ...



By Andrea Caudill AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 23, 2019—Like mother, like son. The 6-year-old gelding Three Olives N Smoke will represent his home state of Colorado on Saturday night, as the strapping son of Jess Louisiana Blue looks for the winner's circle in the Bank of America Challenge Championship ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 22, 2019—The post position draw for the Bank of America Challenge Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio Albuquerque (101.7 FM). The draw will take place on Wednesday (Oct. 23) starting at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) in the First Turn Lounge at Albuquerque Downs. ESPN Albuquerque will be doing a remote broadcast from ...



By Andrea Caudill AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 22, 2019—Valiant Tiberias has come a long way in one season. This time last year, the Valiant Hero gelding was ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 22, 2019—The post position draw for the Bank of America Challenge Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio Albuquerque (101.7 FM). The draw will take place on Wednesday (Oct. 23) starting at 10:30 a.m. (MDT) in the First Turn Lounge at Albuquerque Downs. ESPN Albuquerque will be doing a remote broadcast from ...



AQHA RACING—OCTOBER 18, 2019—The American Quarter Horse Association is hosting five American Quarter Horse Youth Association members during the AQHYA National Racing Experience at The Downs at Albuquerque in New Mexico during the Bank of America Challenge Championships October 24-27. This year, participants had to complete an application, ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 17, 2019—The Quarter Horse racing world is looking forward to its visit to Albuquerque, as Albuquerque Downs for the first time hosts the American Quarter Horse Association Bank of America Challenge Championships on Saturday, October 26. "They ran regional Challenge races at 17 different tracks in eight states and ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 16, 2019—The top racing Quarter Horses from throughout the world will compete at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, October 26, as the track hosts the American Quarter Horse Association Bank of America Challenge Championships. The Challenge program was conceived by the AQHA in the early 1990s to give top-flight Quarter ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 4, 2019— Lj Moonrise scored the second stakes win for trainer and jockey Leon Bard and Francisco Calderon Friday night at Lone Star Park when she destroyed the field in the $27,957 ARC Lone Star Park Distaff Challenge. Earlier on the card Bard and Calderon teamed to win the Nevill Stakes with Sf Hot Pass. Under ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 30, 2019—Nine fillies and mares, headed by 8-5 morning-line favorite Jess Adalida, have been entered in Saturday's 400-yard, $17,500 ARC Lone Star Distaff Challenge at Lone Star Park. Trained by Josue Ponce for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor, Jess Adalida enters the race off of back-to-back stakes wins in the ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 22, 2019—Jay Number 7 and Jose Vega dominated the field in the $45,628 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge at Will Rogers on Sunday, the last of four regional Challenge qualifiers on the card.

The post-time favorite finished the 350-yard race in 17.685 to earn a speed index of 92.

Jay Number 7 ($3.80) ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 —Cruising to a two-length lead, Charlies Fury was the easy winner of the $40,953 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge, the third of four regional Challenge qualifiers at Will Rogers on Sunday afternoon.

Charlies Fury ($2.80) and Agustin Silva stopped the clock in 19.648 for 400 yards and earned a 103 speed ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 22, 2019—In a convincing gate-to-wire win, Preyn Onthe Mountain sprung a slight upset in the $31,229 ARC Oklahoma Distaff Challenge at Will Rogers on Sunday afternoon.

Preyn Onthe Mountain ($22.00) and jockey Jimmy Dean Brooks broke on top and maintained an early lead to win by a neck over fellow 10-1 shot Df ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 22, 2019—Now a two-time regional Distance Challenge qualifier in 2019, Ms Esther scored a one-length victory in the $33,847 AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge on Sunday afternoon.

The 870-yard stake was the first of four Challenge races on Sunday at Will Rogers. The final time was 45.576; the winner earned a 95 ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 20, 2019—Horses will be looking for a final chance to punch their ticket to participate in the Bank of America Challenge Championships when they will face-off in four AQHA Challenge races on Sunday at Will Rogers Downs. Will Rogers will also host the $139,875 Black Gold 350 Futurity (see related story on Sunday's card. Each of the Oklahoma regional winners ...



POCATELLO, ID—SEPTEMBER 15, 2019—Sables Dashin broke his maiden and earned a spot in the Challenge Championships with a win in Sunday’s $48,400 John Deere Idaho Juvenile Challenge at Pocatello Downs.

Nakia Ramirez was aboard Sables Dashin for their three-quarter length win in the 350-yard stake; they posted a final time of 17.913 and ...



POCATELLO, ID—SEPTEMBER 15, 2019—Graded stakes winner Love to Reason Br picked up a berth to the Challenge Championships with a win in the $25,700 ARC Pocatello Downs Distaff Challenge on Sunday afternoon.

The 6-year-old mare was ridden by Jesus Canales in the gate-to-wire victory. The final time for the 400-yard stake was 19.834, giving ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 14, 2019—Getting his first win in more than a year, Three Olives N Smoke (9-1) broke well then held to defeat Damn Strait by three-quarters in the Grade 2 $60,682 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge on Saturday. Ridden by jockey Ramiro Garcia, Three Olives N Smoke complete the 440 yards on a muddy ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 14, 2019—Under jockey Justin Shepard post time favorite Apollitical Mogul swerved out at the start but rallied to defeat Jess Wagon P by three-quarters in the $50,430 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge Saturday afternoon. Mansory finished another three-quarters back for third. Saddled by trainer Jason Olmstead, ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 14, 2019—Post-time favorite Divas First Moon pulled away late to defeat Peves Eagleetta by a neck in the $50,303 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Saturday afternoon at Prairie Meadows. Sweet Wild Time finished 1-¼ lengths back in third. Ridden by jockey Stormy Smith, Divas First Moon completed the 350 yards in ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 14, 2019—In a powerful effort under jockey Juan Pulido, Weetonas Lafawn got her fourth career stakes win on Saturday when she defeated Fosse by a neck in the $30,014 ARC Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge(G3). Post-time favorite Painted Dynasty finished 1-½ lengths back in third. Saddled by trainer Clinton Crawford, ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 12, 2019—The $50,000-added Bank of America Championship Challenge(G2) will head four challenge races on Saturday's card at Prairie Meadows. Also on tap will the $35,000-added Adequan Derby Challenge, $22,500-added ARC Distaff Challenge(G3) and the $35,000-added John Deere Juvenile Challenge. All of the winner's will ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 7, 2019—Stakes-placed Jay Number 7 was a three-quarter length game winner over Americanna to set the fastest qualifying time Sunday for the John Deere Oklahoma Juvenile trials. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trial races contested today, will return to Will Rogers Downs on Sunday, September 22nd to vie for the ...



BLACKFOOT, ID—SEPTEMBER 1, 2019—Meghans Feature Sign defeated Sables Dashin by head in the first of three trials at the Eastern Idaho Fair Sunday, setting the top qualifying mark of :17.598 seconds, a 99 speed index, for the John Deere Idaho Juvenile Challenge. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Pocatello Downs on Sunday, September ...



ALTOONA, IA —AUGUST 31, 2019—After two trials on Saturday afternoon at Prairie Meadows, the field is now set for the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge, led by fastest qualifier Divas First Moon.

Divas First Moon ($3.20) and jockey Stormy Smith won the first 350-yard trial in :17.886, three-quarters of a length ahead of third ...



ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 30, 2019—Two trials determined the field for the $35,000-added Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge on Friday night, and the top two finishers from the $78,050 Canterbury Derby in July will rematch as the first and second ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA-—AUGUST 26, 2019—Jess Wagon P, a stakes-winning daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry owned and trained by Randy Hill, is one of 13 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge trials. Jess Wagon P has earned $42,597 from six starts ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 25, 2019—The runner-up in last year’s edition of the race, Kool Odds was the gate-to-wire winner of the $57,222 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge in the feature race on Sunday afternoon at Emerald.

The last of three Challenge regionals on the card, the Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 25, 2019—The third time was the charm for the Thrill Of The Cartel; the 2-year-old won his first career stakes race on Sunday at Emerald after qualifying for two futurities earlier this summer in Idaho.

The $34,969 John Deere Emerald Downs Juvenile Challenge was the second of three regional Challenge races at Emerald on ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 25, 2019—In the first of three regional Challenge qualifiers at Emerald Downs on Sunday, Cm Once Ina Bluemoon was away quickly and hit the wire over three lengths in front of the rest of the field in the $23,001 Emerald Downs Distance Challenge.

The final time for the 870-yard stake was 45.949 and the winner earned a 95 ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—AUGUST 23, 2019—Multiple stakes winner Stripsteak broke on top under jockey Ricardo Moreno then widened his lead to 1 ¼ lengths while defeated JD Wagon Boss in the $39,433(US) Bank of America Evergreen Challenge Championship Friday night at Evergreen Park. The 4-year-old son of multiple stakes sire One Sweet Jess covered the 440 yard course in :21.936 seconds, equaling a 101 ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—AUGUST 23, 2019—In only his second career start Honeys Painted Pop was much the best as he defeated fastest qualifier Light Footed by 1-½ lengths in the $34,581(US) John Deere Evergreen Juvenile Challenge Friday night at Evergreen Park. Under jockey D.I. Benitez, Honeys Painted Pop completed the 350 yards in :18.346 ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—AUGUST 23, 2019—Coming off a win in the Grande Prairie Sprint Stakes last month, graded stakes winner True Copy held off First Prize Cruise to win the $22,253(US) ARC Distaff Evergreen Challenge Stakes by a neck Friday night at Evergreen Park. Ridden by jockey Ricardo Moreno, True Copy completed the 400 yards in :20.480 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—AUGUST 22, 2019—Stripsteak, a multiple stakes winning 4-year-old son of Gone To The Mountain owned by Charles G. Stojan, is one of five aged runners entered in Friday’s 440-yard, $39,457 Bank of America Grande Prairie Championship Challenge at Evergreen Park. A California-bred gelding trained by ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—AUGUST 18, 2019—The entire eight-race card on Sunday for Evergreen Park at Grande Prairie was canceled due to weather conditions. Three AQHA Racing Evergreen Park Challenge finals, the $39,457 Bank of America Championship Challenge, $34,595 John Deere Juvenile Challenge and the $22,253 ARC Distaff Challenge we all be ...



SELMA, TX—AUGUST 17, 2019—In the final race of the night at Retama, Armando Ramirez II and The Legend Stone finished strong to win the $71,341 John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge.

The final time for the 350-yard race was 17.966; the winning duo earned an 89 speed index.

The Legend Stone ($17.60) won his trial on July 27 ...



SELMA, TX —AUGUST 17, 2019 —Paint Me a Sinner returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in 2019 as the gate-to-wire winner of the $64,889 Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge on Saturday night.

The sixth fastest qualifier from trials on July 26, Paint Me a Sinner and jockey Alejandro Medina came back to win the final in 20.060 ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 17, 2019—For the second time in the last three years, Reliance Ranches LLC and trainer Mike Robbins celebrated a victory in the John Deere California Juvenile Regional Challenge at Los Alamitos. The owner/trainer combination won the 2017 running with the homebred Corona ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—AUGUST 15, 2019—Santander, a homebred son of champion Fdd Dynasty owned and trained by Jorge Haddad, is one of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard, $64,889 Adequan Retama Derby Challenge Stakes at Retama Park. Santander brings in a four-race win streak that includes a neck victory in the ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 15, 2019—A berth to the John Deere Juvenile Challenge final will be on the line when nine 2-year-olds get together for the $43,291 California regional final on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The John Deere Juvenile Challenge is part of the 2019 AQHA Bank of America Racing Challenge, which will be held at The ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 9, 2019—Bill Hoburg's BH Lisas Boy successfully defended his Bank of America California Championship title after scoring a wire-to-wire ¾ length win in the 440-yard regional final on Saturday at Los Alamitos. BH Lisas Boy's victory in the $40,579 California regional earned him a spot in the Grade 1, $250,000 Bank of ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 10, 2019— Mauro Eli Zaborowsky's homebred Yashira Vista splashed over a sloppy racing surface to score the win over fillies and mares in the $26,928 ARC Ruidoso Distaff Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The win earned Yashira Vista an invitation to the Grade 1, $100,000 ARC Distaff Challenge ...