AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 31, 2018—Two trials were contested this evening at Sam Houston Race Park to determine the ten fastest qualifiers for the $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2). Jess Bein the Hero ($3.40) with Jorge Linares in the irons, won the first trial in :21.731 seconds. Owned by Juan F. Martinez-Labastida, the ...



HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 27, 2018—Sam Houston Race Park will once again participate in the Bank of America Racing Challenge, with regional winners from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico earning berths to final competition each year. On Saturday night, there will be two trials for the $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge ...



By Ty Wyant, Q-RACING BLOG AMARILLO, TX—MARCH 23, 2018—What have the major winners at last fall’s Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships been up to lately and what are their 2018 plans? Let’s find out. It’s difficult to determine in March where a horse will be running on November 17. However, it is safe to assume that these ...



AMARILLO, TX—MARCH 23, 2018—The 2018 Bank of America Racing Challenge Condition Book is now available. Customers can email mreed@aqha.org or call the Challenge Hotline at 877-222-7223 to request a hard copy. Customers can also view it at aqha.com/racing or ...



AMARILLO, TX—MARCH 22, 2018—Nominations for two Bank of America Regional Challenge races to be contested at Sun Downs in Kennewick, Washington are due April 1. A sustaining payment of $800 is due April 1 for the $20,000-added Adequan Derby Challenge. Trials for the 400 yard race, for 3-year-old Challenge enrolled horses, will contested on ...



By Janet VanBebber Based on events that have happened this year, we know that the Bank of America Racing Challenge has overpaid purses in recent years, and reform is needed to maintain the viability of the program. We’ve done a survey to ...



AMARILLO, TX-FEBRUARY 14, 2018--Nominations for two Bank of America Regional Challenge races to be contested at Turf Paradise Racetrack are due Thursday, February 15. A nomination fee of $400 is due Thursday for the $30,000-added Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge. Trials for the 440 yard race, for 3-year-olds and older ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JANUARY 17, 2018—The tentative 2018 regional race schedule for the Bank of America Racing Challenge is available and can be found at aqha.com/racing. In the quarter century of its existence, the Bank of America Racing Challenge has been a major source of quality ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JANUARY 16, 2018—In 2018, the Bank of America Racing Challenge will celebrate its 25th anniversary and host its Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos Race Course. The tentative date for the 2018 Challenge Championships is November 17. The historic California track will host the Challenge ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JANUARY 10, 2018— The American Quarter Horse Association will host a forum about the Bank of America Racing Challenge on Thursday, January 18, at 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. The forum will be held before the start of the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale to address questions and concerns ...



AMARILLO, TX—DECEMBER 26, 2017—Breeders are urged to get their 2018 AQHA Racing Challenge enrollments for weanlings (foals of 2017) in before the Sunday, December 31 deadline. Horsemen and women can enroll their 2017 foals as well as any yearlings (foals of 2016), 2-year-olds (foals of 2015) and 3-year-olds and up who have not been previously enrolled. Challenge enrollments fees ...



PORTLAND, OR—DECEMBER 17, 2017—John Deere Emerald Downs Juvenile winner Cm Boom Shakalaka got his second career stakes win on Sunday with a one-length victory in the $28,350 Baxter Andruss Futurity at Portland Meadows. Away alertly under jockey Luis Gonzalez, the fastest qualifier Cm Boom Shakalaka defeated stablemate Cm One Ina Bluemoon. ...



By Martha Claussen CYPRESS, CA—DECEMBER 14, 2017—While many of the contenders of Saturday’s $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) are well-known to the fans at Los Alamitos, Iowa invader, The Fiscal Cliff, also brings solid credentials to the final. The 4-year-old son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, bred by Tom Lepic of Iowa City, Iowa, qualified for ...



CLAREMORE, OK—NOVEMBER 5, 2017—Whats Up, a 3-year-old daughter of the California-based stallion Kiddy Up, got her first career win on Sunday when she defeated Safari Moonlight by a neck in the $23,622 AQHA Maiden Challenge (not black type) at Will Rogers Downs. Jm Nanette finished another neck back in a blanket finish to ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 2, 2017— For the past 25 years, the Bank of America Racing Challenge program has offered racing American Quarter Horses more opportunities at every level – from juvenile to aged horses. In the history of the program, it has offered maiden, bonus and regional challenge races around North and South ...



PORTLAND, OR—OCTOBER 22, 2017—After overnight storms riddled the Portland area with heavy rain and winds that sent trees falling, skies gave way to clearing just in time for The Portland Meadows double feature and a festive Dollar Day at the races. Bumped at the start, multiple stakes ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 17, 2017—The 25th running of the Bank of America Challenge Championships took place at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, on October 14, and saw a hometown hero conquer the biggest event of the night. Iowa-bred stallion The Fiscal Cliff romped to a three-quarter-length victory in the $330,000 Bank of America ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 14, 2017—The Fiscal Cliff, a homebred son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Tom Lepic of Iowa City, Iowa, handled a sloppy and sealed track with skill, as the 4-year-old stallion sprinted to a one-length win in Saturday's $388,080 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows. Saddled by Kasey Willis, The Fiscal Cliff went 440 yards in :21.297 and earned a 109 speed index under jockey Benito Baca. In addition to banking the $203,280 winner's share of the purse, the stallion landed a berth in the December 16, $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at ...



QUARTER RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 14, 2017—Cesar Gomez rode odds-on favorite Dauns First Desirio to the gelding's first official stakes victory in the $180,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Prairie Meadows on Saturday. Prepped by Julio Corral for owner Rogelio Carbajal Santos, Dauns First Desirio earned a 102 speed index while ...



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 ...