Lynnder 16 Impressive in $100,000 ARC Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) Win
Lynnder 16, under jockey Berkley Packer, winning the $100,000 Grade 1 Awards Recognition Concepts Distaff Challenge Championship Saturday night at the Downs in Albuquerque.

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Lynnder 16 Impressive in $100,000 ARC Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) Win

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 24, 2020—Multiple graded stakes winner Lynnder 16 did not disappoint in the $100,000 Awards Recognition Concepts Distaff Challenge Championship (G1); the 4-year-old filly beat Jr Prissys Blood by a half-length, with Loco Ocho in third.

Lynnder 16 ($5.60) was the post-time favorite for the event after winning both the ARC Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge in July and the ARC Ruidoso Downs Distaff Challenge in August. On Saturday night, she earned a 90 speed index after crossing the wire of the 400-yard race in 19.666.

Trainer Jason Olmstead won the Canterbury Park Distaff qualifier for the third time in five editions of the race and earned his first career Distaff Challenge Championship win.

The Apollitical Jess filly is owned by Tom Maher and Richard Tobin and was bred in Oklahoma by James and Marilyn Helzer, out of the Corona Cartel mare Tinys Corona Queen.

AQHA President Butch Wise and AQHA Executive Vice-President Craig Huffines present the winning connections of Lynnder 16 the ARC Distaff Challenge Championship(G1) stakes trophies Saturday at The Downs at Albuquerque.
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Lynnder 16 won the Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Futurity (RG2) in 2018 and qualified to the All American Futurity (G1) later that summer. She qualified to the Ruidoso Derby (G1) as a 3-year-old and competed in multiple graded stakes in her 4-year-old campaign.

Lynnder 16 has won 11 races in 23 starts and has banked an impressive $688,568 in her career.

Second place finisher Jr Prissys Blood qualified by winning the ARC Pocatello Downs Distaff Challenge in September, part of a three-win streak of consecutive stakes races by the Apollitical Blood filly.

Trained by Riley Moosman for owner Ron Moosman, Jr Prissys Blood was ridden by his usual rider from the Intermountain region, Jesus Valenzuela. The filly was bred in Nevada by J R Stables, out of the Panther Mountain mare Prissy B Panther.

Jr Prissys Blood has won seven of her 13 career efforts and has earned $106,356. Among her career wins are the Corona Chick Handicap at Los Alamitos last winter and the Cowboy State Futurity at Energy Downs last June.

The top three finishers of the Pocatello Distaff qualifier were entered in the Distaff Championship. Though Duck Dash N Go scratched, third place finisher Loco Ocho returned for the same placing in the Championship. Loco Ocho also won the Weber Downs Distaff Challenge, the first Distaff qualifier at the Northern Utah track.

Loco Ocho was ridden by Mauro Salcedo for trainer Garth Blatter and owners Les and Darla Barlow. The Barlows also bred the 4-year-old filly was bred in Idaho, by the Louisiana Cartel and out of multiple stakes winning mare Sign of Pride, by First Wrangler.

Loco Ocho has won eight of her 18 career efforts with earnings of $48,154.

Completing the field were The Polar Vortex, El Oh El, Splendid Cause, Lovely Cuvee and Fosse. Duck Dash N Go and Getit Hot were scratched.