AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


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 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 27, 2018—Champion Imperial Eagle, a 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle racing for Christina D. Robinson, drew post 4 for Sunday’s 440-yard, $55,000-added Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge at Turf Paradise. Trained by Tony Sedillo, ...



KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 22, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Tickle Ur Fancy got her fifth consecutive win on Sunday when she defeated Love To Reason BR in the second of two trials for the $13,000-Added AQHA Sun Downs Distaff Challenge at Sun Downs. Tickle Ur Fancy won by half-a-length while driving ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 21, 2018— Jess Bein The Hero entered the starting gate for tonight’s $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park in search of his fourth consecutive victory.

With jockey Jorge Linares in the irons, the 5-year-old Texas-bred not only added to his win streak but proved his ...




KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 21, 2018—Multiple stakes sire Favorite Cartel dominated Saturday's Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge trials. The young stallion sired three of the ten qualifiers, including the two trial winners with the top two qualifying times. A Challenge participant himself, the son of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 20, 2018—Eleven fillies and mares have been entered in two 400-yard Boehringer Ingelheim Sun Downs Distaff Challenge trials at Sun Downs. Phoenix Farms’ Gone Fast, a homebred daughter of Meter Me ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 20, 2018—True Copy, a California-bred daughter of Tr Dasher owned by Charles G. Stojan, is one of 16 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge trials at Sun Downs. Trained by William Leech, True Copy will be making her season debut off of a juvenile campaign ...



AMARILLO, TX—APRIL 18, 2018—Nominations for the AQHA Distaff Sandy Downs Challenge are due May 1. A nomination payment of $400 is due Tuesday, May 1 for the $18,000-added AQHA Distaff Sandy Downs Challenge. 3-Year-Old and Up Challenge enrolled fillies and mares are eligible to enter. An additional sustaining payment of $800 will be due ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 17, 2018— The featured race of the Saturday, April 21st card at Sam Houston Race Park is the $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2). Two trials were contested on March 31 to determine the ten fastest qualifiers for the 440-yard final. This is the 25th year of the Bank of America Challenge Championships, a program supported by the American Quarter Horse ...



By Ty Wyant Q-RACING—APRIL 13, 2018—If you ever needed evidence that the Bank of America Racing Challenge program is a prime race opportunity, then pay attention to a pair of Bank of America regional Challenge races at Sam Houston and Turf Paradise on April 21. Each of the 440-yard Challenge Championship regional races is a Grade 2 ...



PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 7, 2018 - Imperial Eagle, the 2016 All American Futurity winner, is the fastest qualifier from two trials at 440 yards on Saturday for the Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge. Imperial Eagle ($4.20) and jockey Jorge Bourdieu posted a time of 21.453 to win the second trial, earning a speed index of 106. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 6, 2018—Fifteen aged runners, headed by champion Imperial Eagle, have been entered in Saturday’s 440-yard Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge trials at Turf Paradise. A 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle, Imperial Eagle is trained by Tony ...



AMARILLO, TX—APRIL 5, 2018—Nominations for Bank of America Regional Challenge races to be contested at Canterbury Park and Ruidoso Downs are due April 15. A $400 nomination payment is due April 15 for the Bank of America Canterbury Park Challenge Championship and the Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge. An additional sustaining payment ...



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 ...