AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


By Andrea Caudill AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 16, 2018— Trainer Monty Arrossa will be hustling on the night of the Bank of America Challenge Championships, as he has five runners just in the championship races, with more in the undercard races. Headlining his runners is Katies Easy Moves, who will contest the $250,000 ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 16, 2018—The young runners in the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) better watch out for sharks in the water – or at least a Loan Sharky on the track. Ron Martin of Seal Beach, California, bred, raised and races Loan Sharky, who will be trained by Christopher O’Dell in the $125,000 ...



By Andrea Caudill AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 15, 2018—It is rare that a horse stays good long enough to not only win, but to return to defend his crown in the $100,000 Cox Ranch Distance Challenge Championship (G1). This year, that horse is Rare Ed, who in 2016 took the Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Los ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 15, 2018—The rematch between Bill Hoburg's BH Lisas Boy and Darling Farms' champion Hold Air Hostage in the Grade 1, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship will headline an outstanding racing program on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Eight of the 10 races on the card are Quarter Horse stakes races with ...



By Andrea Caudill AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 14, 2018—The Idaho-bred mare Kono goes into the $100,000 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) off two romping victories in the Northwest. The sorrel mare represents a family of the breeding program of Stephen Jay Larsen of Centerville, Utah, who is joined in his hobby by ...



By Andrea Caudill AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 14, 2018— In the horse business, sometimes success takes years. But sometimes, it happens fast. Cody Eagle Bear of Standoff, Alberta, is new to racehorse ownership – so new, in fact, that his $100,000 Cox Ranch Distance Challenge Championship (G1) qualifier, Glittering Blue, ...



By Andrea Caudill AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 13, 2018—There are several Arizona hopefuls in the headliner $225,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), and two of them have connections to Larry Stark of Prescott, Arizona. Both horses, Jess A Cowboy and Arizona Icon, will be saddled by Matt Fales. Jess A ...



By Andrea Caudill AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 13, 2018—BH Lisas Boy's story starts almost 50 years ago, when his breeder, owner and trainer Bill C. Hoburg of Kennewick, Washington, watched Star's Apollo win a futurity. The mare was bred and owned by Robert "Bob" Pulse of ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—NOVEMBER 13, 2018— At the Bank of America Challenge Championships every year, the year-end high-point winners are recognized in four categories: John Deere Champion Owner, Nutrena Champion Breeder, Wrangler Champion Trainer and Wrangler Champion Jockey. These awards represent a true dedication to the Bank ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 9, 2018—Buckle up for a great night of Quarter Horse racing on Saturday, November 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Orange County track will host the AQHA Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships as part of a full night of Quarter Horse stakes action. The Grade 1, $250,000 Bank of America Championship at ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—NOVEMBER 5, 2018—Triple Crown winning jockey Mike Smith will make a special appearance during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on Saturday night, November 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Hall of Fame ...



AMARILLO, TX—OCTOBER 28, 2018—While last year's Bank of America Challenge Championship(G1) winner The Fiscal Cliff has been retired for stud duty in 2019, pre-entries announced by AQHA last week for the Bank of America Challenge Championship Night, November 17th at Los Alamitos Race Course, still ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—OCTOBER 25, 2018—Horsemen and women have a valuable opportunity during the upcoming Bank of America Challenge Championships and Racing Conferenced to get educated on several of the hottest topics happening in the racing industry. At the AQHA Racing ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—OCTOBER 17, 2018—The American Quarter Horse Association will host five American Quarter Horse Youth Association members during the National Youth Racing Experience November 15-18 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California, during the Bank of America Challenge Championships. “To apply, youth ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—OCTOBER 12, 2018—Los Alamitos Race Course will offer a cash prize and as many as three seats to the 2019 National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas with a live money handicapping contest on Bank of America Challenge Championship Night on Saturday, November 17. Cost to enter is $400. Of that amount, $100 will be placed ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 5, 2018— The field was loaded and ready for the start in the $39,060 AQHA Lone Star Distaff Challenge when Alinas War Princess flipped and had to be backed out, examined and re-loaded in the gate. After what seemed like forever the favorite Jess Adalida, who had been standing completely focused on the task at ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 2, 2018—Eleven fillies and mares, headed by 5-2 morning-line favorite Jess Adalida, have been entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $39,060 AQHA Lone Star Distaff Challenge at Lone Star Park. Trained by Josue Ponce for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor, Jess Adalida will be making her first start since ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 23, 2018—With an impressive performance under jockey Paul Nieto, Rock A Billy earned a second shot at the Grade 1 $100,000-est. Cox Ranch Distance Challenge Championship to be run on Bank of America Challenge Championships Night, November 17th at Los Alamitos Race Course. Last year the son of Rock Solid Jess ...



ROCKY VIEW, ALB—SEPTEMBER 22, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Jd Wagon Boss broke sharp under jockey D. I. Benitez then drove to a one-length win over Toughie in the $9,902(US) Century Downs Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black type) Saturday afternoon. Owned-and-trained by Buckey Stockwell, Jd Wagon Boss completed the 400 yards in :20.126 ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 20, 2018—Let There Be Sound, a 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle and a stakes winner during the Ruidoso Downs meet, is one of eight runners entered in Sunday’s 870-yard, $23,000 AQHA Will Rogers Distance Challenge Stakes at Will Rogers Downs. Trained ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 15, 2018—Bumped at the start fastest qualifier Aqua Flash, under jockey Roberto Valero, rallied strongly to catch Maghelene by a neck in the $62,190 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge on Saturday. Beduino Painted Dash finished one-length back for third. Aqua Flash completed the 350 yards in :17.744 seconds, ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 15, 2018—Coming off a 1-2 finish in John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge, owner Thomas Scheckel's Painted Dynasty put forth a dominate effort one race later to defeat High Valley Girl by one-length in the $54,270 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge on Saturday. Ridden by jockey Cristian Esqueda, Painted ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 13, 2018—Thomas J. Scheckel’s Aqua Flash heads a field of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $62,190 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge Stakes. The fastest qualifier, Aqua Flash made her local debut with a half-length ...



BLACKFOOT, ID—SEPTEMBER 8, 2018—Mick Lovin, a 4-year-old son of Im Alright Now, defeated Betrothern by one-length in the $6,500 AQHA - EISF Bonus Challenge (not black type) Saturday at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot. Eyes By Corona finished a neck back in third. Ridden by jockey Leonardo Gonzalez, Mick Lovin raced over the 400 ...



ROCK SPRINGS, WY—SEPTEMBER 2, 2018—Apollitical Winga and jockey Uriel Dominguez flew gate to wire to win the feature race at Sweetwater Downs on Sunday afternoon, the 400-yard $14,625 Sweetwater Downs Bonus Challenge (not black type). Final time was 19.783; the winner earned a 98 speed index.

The winning filly broke on top and cleared ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 1, 2018—Prairie Meadows hosted two trials for the $62,190 John Deere Juvenile Challenge and two trials for the $54,270 Adequan Derby Challenge on Saturday's race card. The ten fastest qualifiers from both sets of trials will return to Prairie Meadows on Saturday, September 15th to vie for the winner's share of the ...



ELKO, NV—SEPTEMBER 1, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Sparklin Cartel notched her 10th career win on Saturday when she defeated Time For Jesse by a neck in the $6,480 Elko/AQHA Bonus Challenge (not black type) at the Elko County Fair. Under jockey Rene Gutierrez, Sparklin Cartel completed the 400 yards in :19.744 seconds, equaling a 104-speed ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 30, 2018—Disco Wagon, a gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Michael Pohl and Stacy Charette-Hill, is one of 17 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge trials. Disco Wagon will be making his first start ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 26, 2018—With post-time favorite Mr Pyc to You finishing off the board, the $41,400 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge featured a trifecta of horses each sired by Favorite Cartel and each at double-digit odds, including the winner, Corona B Gone.

Corona B ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB—AUGUST 26, 2018—In his fifth start at the distance, Glittering Blue picked up his first win in an 870-yard race in the $23,490 Evergreen Park Distance Challenge on Sunday. Glittering Blue and jockey Blandford Stewart quickly took the lead and led the field to a victory of a length and a quarter in 45.750 to earn a 98 speed ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, WA—AUGUST 25, 2018—Mr Pyc To You, a Grade 1-winning 5-year-old son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, will make his season debut in Sunday’s 440-yard, $30,000-added Bank of America Emerald Challenge Stakes at Emerald Downs. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA, CANADA—AUGUST 24, 2018—KR Streakin Version, a 10-year-old son of Latest Version racing for Marvin E. Christensen and Richard Aldoff, is one of seven aged runners entered in Sunday’s 870-yard, $23,490 AQHA Evergreen Park Distance Challenge Stakes. Trained by John Poirier, KR Streakin Version ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, A—AUGUST 19, 2018— Post-time favorite Singles Cruise was an easy winner of the $40,555 John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge, cruising home by a length in the 350-yard stakes race feature at Evergreen Park on Sunday.

Singles Cruise ($6.10) was the third fastest qualifier after finishing third in the faster of two ...



ELY, NV—AUGUST 19, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Rtm Mr Caccia raced to a new stakes record Sunday when he defeated stable-mate Sign Of Corona by a neck in the $11,130 Ely/AQHA Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black type) at White Pines Racing. Ridden by jockey Rene Gutierrez, Rtm Mr Caccia completed the 400 yards in :19.857 seconds, equaling a ...



SAN ANTONIO, TX—AUGUST 18, 2018—Jess Leaving Fast lived up to his name in the $95,220 John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night. The colt gained an early lead and maintained it to win the 350-yard final by three-quarters of a length.

Final time for the feature race of the card was 17.518. Nestor Duran piloted the son of ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 18, 2018— Cole Man 47, a Utah-bred gelding by Stel Corona, is named after special person in the lives of owners Steve and JoAnn McIntyre. "He's named after our grandson, Cole," Steve McIntyre said. "Our grandson is a pretty good soccer player and his number is 47. That's how ...



SAN ANTONIO, TX—AUGUST 18, 2018—Droff picked up his first career stakes win on Saturday night in the $46,260 Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge as the fastest qualifier and post time favorite.

Droff ($3.20), with Luis Vivanco up, covered the 400-yard distance in 19.965 and earned a 95 speed index. Vivanco has been aboard for the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—AUGUST 14, 2018—FM Im A Zatanaz Too, a graded stakes winning son of champion Tempting Dash racing for Jose Fabian Hernandez, drew post 9 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $94,500 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Retama Park. The third-fastest qualifier, FM Im ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 16, 2018—Monty Arrossa has enjoyed some big nights already in 2018. He saddled the great Zoomin For Spuds to victory in the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity and in that same weekend, the trainer had a total of 11 victories with his horses across the nation. Two weeks ago, in the trials to the $51,210 John Deere California ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA, CANADA—AUGUST 16, 2018—Charles G. Stojan’s Always Right, a daughter of Stel Corona trained by William Leech, is the even-money morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 350-yard, $31,050 John Deere Grande Prairie Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Evergreen ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 12, 2018—Johnny Trotter's One Sweet Racy scored the first stakes victory of her racing career after holding off Turner Farms' One Hot Habit by a neck in the $24,480 AQHA California Regional Distaff Challenge on Sunday at Los Alamitos. As the top two finishers in this race, One Sweet Racy and One Hot Habit both ...



AURORA, CO—AUGUST 12, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Faster Than Hasta bumped at the start but recovered nicely, under jockey Alfredo Triana Jr., to defeat Paint Your Eagle by a neck in the $22,900 RMQHA Championship at Arapahoe Park. Conditioned by trainer Robert Johnson, Faster Than Hasta completed the 400 yards in :19.969 seconds, equaling ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 12, 2018—In one of the most impressive come-from-behind efforts ever in a Quarter Horse stakes race, Bill Hoburg's BH Lisas Boy rallied back from being more than two lengths behind AQHA champion Hold Air Hostage halfway through the $49,680 Bank of America California Regional Championship to win the 440-yard race by a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 8, 2018— Los Alamitos Race Course has been a home away from home for Duck Dash N Go, the talented multiple stakes winner owned by Vicente Treyes of Jerome, Idaho. After competing at four different racetracks to kick off her racing career, the 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred mare by Corona Fast Dash has called Los ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 8, 2018—The millionaire Hold Air Hostage will make his Los Alamitos debut this Saturday when he joins an outstanding cast of older horses led by three-time Grade 1 winner BH Lisas Boy and defending stakes winner Flash N Bling in the $45,180 Bank of America California Regional Championship at 440 yards. Nine races ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 4, 2018— Steveieb Flashofcash battled Cole Man 47 to a neck win to remain undefeated while posting the top qualifying time for the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge Saturday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the two trial races, will return to the Southern California racetrack ...



GRANDE PRARIE, ALB—AUGUST 4, 2018—Always Right, under jockey Ricardo Moreno, got up at the wire to defeat Ifarm by a neck in the second of two trials for the John Deere Evergreen Juvenile Challenge Saturday in Grande Prairie. The pair posted ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 1, 2018— Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity finalist Cole Man 47, Bitterroot Futurity finalist Fames Prize Stone, and Cowboys Futurity finalist Allyson Wonderland are among a well-traveled group of runners that will compete in a pair of trials to the John Deere California Juvenile on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Nine ...



Q-RACING—JULY 30, 2018—One set of nomination payments for regional Bank of America Racing Challenge races are due on August 1. They include:
  • The $25,000-added AQHA Lone Star Distaff Challenge has trials on September 21 and the final on October 5.
Sustaining payments or late fee payments for regional Bank of America ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 29, 2018—Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old son of Jess Zoomin owned and trained by Jesus Carrete of Albuquerque, broke sharply and sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Sunday’s $53,370 AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3) at Albuquerque Downs. Ridden by Jansen ...