BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI POCATELLO, ID—SEPTEMBER 18, 2020vRon Moosman’s JR Prissys Blood, a gray daughter of Apollitical Blood trained by Riley Moosman, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 400-yard, $33,000 ARC Idaho Distaff Challenge Stakes at Pocatello Downs. JR Prissys Blood is ...



CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 13, 2020—Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity finalist Empressum defeated Jc Wild King by a head in the first of two trials Sunday for the $30,000-added John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge at Will Rogers Downs. Ridden by jockey Armando Ramirez II, Empressum's :17.772 clocking, a 91 speed index with an 8 mph tailwind for ...



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CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 13, 2020—Jess My Hocks, a stakes-placed son of leading second-crop sire Kiss My Hocks, posted a three-quarter length win on Sunday at Will Rogers Downs while setting the fastest qualifying time for the Adequan® Will Rogers Derby Challenge. The 10 fastest qualifiers will ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI CLAREMORE, OK—SEPTEMBER 11, 2020—Eleven 3-year-olds, headed by Tom and Kathleen McNally’s Jess My Hocks, are entered in Sunday’s 400-yard Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge trials at Will Rogers Downs. A homebred son of Kiss My Hocks trained by Michelle Hurdle, Jess My ...



POCATELLO, ID—SEPTEMBER 5, 2020— After two trials on Saturday afternoon, The Prize Ferrari was the fastest qualifier to the John Deere Pocatello Juvenile Challenge.

The Prize Ferrari ($4.60) and Jesus Canales won the first of two trials in 17.635 and earned a 95 speed index. The Mark Hanson trainee led gate-to-wire to earn his third ...



SELMA, TX—AUGUST 29, 2020—Viva Le Don made it three in-a-row Saturday night while punching his ticket for the Bank of America Challenge Championship Night October 24th at The Downs at Albuquerque. Under jockey Luis Vivanco, Viva Le Don caught multiple stakes winner Jordan Eagle at the wire in the $61,149 Bank of America Texas Challenge ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—AUGUST 25, 2020—Viva Le Don and Jordan Eagle, stakes winners during the current Retama Park meet, headline a field of eight entered in Saturday’s 440-yard, $61,149 Bank of America Texas Championship ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—AUGUST 8, 2020—Madewell, under jockey Jorge Bourdieu, staked aerly then split horses down the stretch to win the Grade 2 $54,511 AQHA/ The Downs at Albuquerque Distance Challenge Sunday afternoon. The 6-year-old son of multiple stakes sire Jess Jones insured his return to compete in the $100,000-est Grade 1 Cox Distance ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 20, 2020—Trainer Nick Lowe got his third consecutive stakes win Thursday when Cm Boom Shakalaka held off Jesstafiably Jess by a neck in the $52,734 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge at Emerald Downs. The trainer also saddled Louisana Bunny to victory in the John Deere Emerald Downs Juvenile Challenge ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 20, 2020—Trainer Nick Lowe saddled his second straight stakes winner on Emerald Downs' Thursday race card when he sent out Grants Pass Firecracker Futurity winner Louisana Bunny in the $42,356 John Deere Emerald Downs Juvenile Challenge. Jockey Javier Matias rode the lightly raced daughter of multiple stake sire Louisiana ...



AUBURN, WA—AUGUST 20, 2020— Cm Once Ina Bluemoon rolled over this foes Thursday afternoon at Emerald Downs with an impressive track record setting performance, defending his 2019 title in the $26,554 AQHA Emerald Downs Distance Challenge Stakes. Not only did the 5-year-old son of multiple stakes sire ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALBUQUERRQUE, NM—AUGUST 20, 2020—Madewell and Illtakeyouforaride, the winners of the two trials contested on August 8, are among the eight distance specialists entered back in Sunday’s 870-yard, $52,000 AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge (G3) at Albuquerque Downs. A homebred 6-year-old son of Jess Jones, Madewell ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 15, 2020—On a day that celebrated the versatility of the American Quarter Horse, Bad Monkey, Luchador (see related story), and Lynnder 16 (see related story) all won their AQHA Challenge races today at ...



ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 15, 2020—In the last of four regional Challenge qualifiers at Prairie Meadows on Saturday, Eagles Fly Higher dominated the field in the $56,007 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2). Multiple graded stakes winner Eagles Fly Higher ($3.80) was a heavy post-time favorite for trainer Casey Black. Cristian ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 15, 2020—Marco Hernandez's Tres A Jess picked a fine time for his first career win, as the colt by One Sweet Jess pulled away late to score an easy victory at 14-1 odds in the $51,332 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night. With Jonathan Roman up for ...