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 ...



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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 ...



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 ...