AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 27, 2017—Jessies First Down, a homebred 6-year-old son of FDD Dynasty and the sport’s reigning world champion, is one of 19 aged sprinters entered in Friday’s 440-yard Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge ...



TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 13, 2017—Phoebesdynasty, a daughter of World Champion FDD Dynasty, has been named the winner of the February 18th $13,650 Rillito Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black type) this week after winner Captain On Takeoff was disqualified for a ...



TUCSON, AZ—MARCH 12, 2017—Fastest qualifier Black Ops returned Sunday to set a new track while winning the $15,996 Rulon Goodman AQHA Maiden Challenge (not black type) at Rillito Park. Ridden by jockey Emilio Tapia, Black Ops raced over the 350 yards in a quick :17.028 clocking, a ...



TUCSON, AZ—FEBRUARY 25, 2017—Making his first start of the year, 3-year-old Black Ops broke his maiden in an impressive one-length win to post the top qualifying time for the Rulon Goodman AQHA Maiden Challenge (not black type) on Saturday at Rillito Park. The eight-fastest qualifiers, from ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI TUCSON, AZ—FEBRUARY 18, 2017—Joel Merino Gamez’s Captain On Takeoff headlines a full field of eight sprinters entered in Saturday’s 330-yard, $10,000-added AQHA Rillito Bonus Challenge Stakes at historic Rillito Park. Captain On Takeoff will be shortening in distance and dropping in class off of his fifth-place ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JANUARY 24, 2017—The 2017 Bank of America Challenge Championship will be held at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. The event will be held on October 14, 2017, and will include the John Deere Juvenile, Adequan Derby, Merial Distaff, Distance and Bank of America Championship Challenges. This is the third time the racetrack will host the championship ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PORTLAND, OR—JANUARY 20, 2017—A field of eight, headed by multiple stakes winner For Sweet Jess, has been entered in Monday’s 440-yard, $20,000 Portland Meadows Bonus Challenge Stakes at Portland Meadows. A 4-year-old gray son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JANUARY 17, 2017—The 2017 Bank of America Racing Challenge tentative regional schedule is now available. This schedule could be subject to change. CLICK HERE for current schedule. There are 51 regional races ...



AMARILLO, TX—DECEMBER 20, 2016—Enrollment deadline for weanlings (foals of 2016) into the AQHA Bank of America Challenge Racing program is Saturday, December 31st. Horsemen and women are urged to get their 2016 foals enrolled as well as any yearlings (foals of 2015) and 2-year-olds (foals of 2014) who have not been previously enrolled. ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—DECEMBER 20, 2016—The American Quarter Horse Association expects to release the 2017 Bank of America Racing Challenge regional race schedule on January 15. "We set a deadline for tracks to submit their requests by December 15 and were pleased with the timely responses received," said Janet VanBebber, AQHA ...



CLAREMORE, OK—NOVEMBER 6, 2016—Suzie Sauce made a big step up in class Saturday when she held off Tres Tacho by a neck to the $25,575 AQHA Maiden Challenge at Will Rogers Downs. Hitta Big Lick finished a nose back in a blanket finish to get ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—OCTOBER 30, 2016—Charley Hunt saddled the first ever Bank of America Challenge Championship winner when Nancy McCoy’s champion Junos Request won the 1993 running at Sunland Park. Twenty-three years later Hunt was fighting back emotions in the winner’s circle after his son, Charlton Hunt, saddled Michael Teel’s AJs High to ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—AJs High, a homebred 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess trained by Charlton Hunt for owner Michael C. Teel, earned his 10th lifetime stakes victory in Saturday's 440-yard, $353,500 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos. Under jockey Stormy ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—Sent to post as the 8-5 favorite in a field of 11 sophomores, John and Cina Sperry's Jess Good Reason responded with a victory in Saturday's $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Los Alamitos. Jess Good Reason covered 400 yards in :19.731 and the final 220 in :9.60, and her winning margin ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—Tony Guymon rode 2-1 second choice One Proud Eagle to a half-length victory in the 350-yard, $151,250 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos on Saturday. Trained by John Cooper for owner Ron Hartley, One Proud Eagle stopped the timer in :17.525 while posting a 94 speed index and ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—Making her first start outside of Texas, Pete A. Scarmardo's Time For Wine outran her 8-1 odds to score a convincing 1½-length win in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on Saturday. Prepped by Brian Stroud, Time For Wine went 400 yards in :19.777 and earned a 91-speed ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—Rare Ed, a 5-year-old son of champion Dean Miracle racing for Suzan R. Crotts and Martin Marin, earned his first stakes win in Saturday's Grade 1, $125,000 Andreini Distance Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Ramon Guce for trainer Jim Crotts, Rare Ed covered 870 yards in :45.693, and the ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 29, 2016—A sharp break from her rail post helped Jerry D. Chapman's Million Dollar Kiss score her first stakes win in more than two years in Saturday's 350-yard, $75,000 Markel Invitational Bonus Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Bret Vickery and sent to post at odds of 9-2, ...



CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 22, 2016—Redneck Sis dueled to a neck win over Rc Corona in the $29,603 Cherokee Challenge Stakes Saturday afternoon at Will Rogers Downs. Jess Coronation finished a neck back in the blanket finish to take third. Ridden by jockey Randy Wilson, the 8-year-old ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 19, 2016—This year’s John Deere Champion Owner in the Bank of America Challenge program has an international flavor – the winners are Barry and Janice Sather of Beaverlodge, Alberta. This is the first time in more than 15 years that the champion owners were from outside ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 18, 2016—The Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships and Racing Conference kick off next week at Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California, on October 26 through October 29. The festivities open on Wednesday, October 26, at 10:30 a.m. with the postposition draw in the Finish Line Room at the ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—OCTOBER 15, 2016—The American Quarter Horse Association is soliciting host-site bids for the Bank of America Challenge Championships to be held in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. It is AQHA’s preference that the Bank of America Challenge Championships keeps the dates of the championships in late October or ...



CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 9, 2016—Fastest qualifier First Rate Return returned on Sunday to defeat Hope Hes The One by one-length in the $50,310 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge. Jc Wild Rose finished another length back in the show position. Owned by Terry McLean and trained by Gerry ...



CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 9, 2016—Sarah Huskey's Texas-homebred County Mans Jazz returned on Sunday to defeat Corona Suerte by three-quarter in the $47,790 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge. Keyper finished a neck back for third. The victory also garnered Country Mans Jazz a starting spot in the October 29th Grade 3 $200,000 Guaranteed ...



CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 9, 2016—Multiple stakes winner Admiral Zoomwalt raced to a half-length win over Juno Dat Timber in the $35,730 AQHA Distance Challenge at Will Rogers Downs on Sunday. Apollitical Courage finished three-quarter back in third. The victory also secured Admiral Zoomwalt a starting spot in the Grade 1 $125,000 AQHA ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 7, 2016—Los Alamitos Race Course welcomes back the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 29. The Bank of America Challenge Championships is the year-end culmination of the Challenge program. The Racing Challenge program gives increased racing opportunities to American Quarter Horses. Horses qualify to ...



Q-RACING JOURNAL—OCTOBER 4, 2016—In October, the American Quarter Horse Association will host 10 American Quarter Horse Youth Association members during the National Youth Racing Experience at Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California, during the Bank of America Challenge Championships. “The primary avenue for being selected for ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI CLAREMORE, OK—OCTOBER 4, 2016—Terry McLean’s First Rate Return, the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Sunday’s 350-yard, $32,500-added John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Will Rogers Downs. Trained by Gerry McLean, First Rate ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 1, 2016—Sure Fire Flyer was a game winner by a head over Sr Esmeralda in the $32,310 Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge Saturday night at Lone Star Park. Adashinrose finished half-a-length back for third. Ridden by jockey Manuel Gutierrez, Sure Fire Flyer covered the 400 yard distance in :20.210 seconds into a 5 ...



GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 1, 2016—Alejandra Carrion's Ec Cartel picked the right time to get his first win of the year. The 7-year-old son of Tinys First Corona rolled to a 1½-length win over heavy post-time favorite Fire On The Fly in the $27,090 Lone Star Distance Challenge Stakes Saturday night at Lone Star Park. It was the first win in ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—SEPTEMBER 28, 2016—Bullard Farms’ Fire On The Fly will make his first start in more than four months in Saturday’s 870-yard, $20,000-added AQHA Lone Star Distance Challenge Stakes at Lone Star ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 25, 2016—Will Rogers Downs hosted trials for the Adequan Derby Challenge and the John Deere Challenge on Sunday's race card. Challenge enrolled horses were vying for a starting spot in the top 10 who will return to the northeastern Oklahoma racetrack on Sunday, October 9th to vie for the winner's share of their ...



ALTOONA, IA—Shipping in off a fourth place effort in a Bonus Challenge race at Hazel Park last month, Abundanz finished strongly to defeat multiple graded winner Ajs High in the Grade 2 $74,340 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge Championship Saturday afternoon at Prairie Meadows. ...



ALTOONA, IA—Faster Than Hasta broke slowly under jockey Cody Smith but rallied to catch Cr Game Changer by a neck in the $53,100 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Saturday afternoon. Df Girly Girl finished half-a-length back in third. ...



ALTOONA, IA—Trainer Stacy Charette-Hill saddled two Challenge stakes winner on Saturday with Jess Paint Your Lips taking the $36,720 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge and Honeymoon Candy winning the $32,580 Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge. Breeder Michael Pohl owns the two runners with partners. Both horse are now qualified ...



GILLETTE, WY—SEPTEMBER 17, 2016—Best from the gate under jockey C.J. Benn, The Midnite Caller raced to a three-quarter length win over Kathys Star Teller in the $18,020 Energy Downs Bonus Challenge Stakes on Saturday afternoon. Ima Polaris was a nose back in the show position. The son of A Regal ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 15, 2016—Michael Teel’s AJs High, a homebred 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess trained by Charley Hunt, will attempt to start a new winning streak in Saturday’s 440-yard, $74,340 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge Stakes (G2) at ...



BLACKFOOT, ID—SEPTEMBER 10, 2016—Race My Tell, under jockey Eric Alaya, was best late when she defeated A Courageous Act by half-a-length in the $12,648 E.I.S.F. Maiden Challenge (not black type) Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot. The daughter of Never Tell ...



BLACKFOOT, ID—SEPTEMBER 9, 2016—Bigtime Carter was an impressive 1¾ length winner in track record setting time over Papas In The House Friday afternoon in the $17,050 E.I.S.F. AQHA Bonus Challenge at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot. Ridden by jockey Raphael Romero, Bigtime Carter ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI BLACKFOOT, ID—SEPTEMBER 8, 2016—Pappas In The House, a multiple stakes winning 3-year-old gelding trained by Mark Hanson for Rob Evans and Hanson Racing LLC, drew post 8 for Friday’s 350-yard, $17,050 Eastern Idaho State Fair AQHA Bonus Challenge Stakes. Pappas In ...



ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 3, 2016—Perkin Desire raced to her second straight win with a three-quarter length effort in the last of three trials on Saturday to set the fastest qualifying time for the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Prairie Meadows on Saturday, September 17th to vie for the ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—SEPTEMBER 1, 2016—Graded stakes winner Cruisinfourabruisin held off Mals First Down Sunday (Aug. 28) to win the $26,999(US) Bank of America Evergreen Park Championship Challenge. Tiny Flying Corona finished a head back in the blanket finish for third. Ridden by jockey Jose Rocha, the 4-year-old son of leading Canadian ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—SEPTEMBER 1, 2016—Cr Game Changer, a homebred stakes-placed daughter of Game Patriot racing for Curt Tobin and Dick Tobin, is one of 28 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge trials. Cr Game Changer is coming off ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 21, 2016—Stablemates Sorelli and Stella Corona battled Sunday with Sorelli getting her neck in front at the wire to win the $59,760 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge at Emerald Downs. Klassic Secret Br finished a head back to take third in a blanket finish. Ridden by jockey Eswan Flores, Sorelli completed ...



AJAX, ONT—AUGUST 21, 2016—Fast Man Vic broke alertly under jockey Shanley Jackson, then rolled to a 1¼ length win over One Famous Glass in the $42,519(US) Bank of America Ajax Challenge Championship Sunday afternoon at Ajax Downs. Saddled by Greg Watson, the 4-year-old raced over the 440-yard course in :22.070 seconds, a 92-speed index ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALB—AUGUST 21, 2016—Cowboy 109 won the John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge and Im Hott Ur Nott dead-heated with L Bar D Sweet Fantsy in the Merial Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge on Sunday at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie. Both horses will now advance in their respective divisions to the Bank of America Challenge ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 20, 2016—Sent off at 23-1 odds, Mark and Peggy Brown’s Kissed By An Eagle upset a strong field that included Kindergarten Futurity winner One Proud Eagle and Beehive Futurity winner Bannister to win the $44,820 John Deere California Juvenile Challenge on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 19, 2016—Owned by Spackman Racing and trained by Lin Melton, Time For Jess will join stablemate Maggie Durant as California representatives on Bank of America Racing Challenge Night after the sophomore filly defeated nine rivals to win the $45,180 Adequan California ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI HAZEL PARK, MI—AUGUST 19, 2016—A field of six has been entered in Saturday’s 330-yard, $15,000 Hazel Park Bonus Challenge Stakes at Hazel Park Raceway. Abundanz, a 4-year-old Corona Cartel gelding trained by Julio Almanza for ...



Courtesy auburn-reporter.com AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 18, 2016— Trainer Roddina Barrett has dominated Quarter Horse racing this season at Emerald Downs, posting a 7-5-1 record in 19 starts. Her win total more than triples her closest challenger in the standings. Sunday, when Emerald Downs presents ...