AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 15, 2020—Challenge races continued at Prairie Meadows on Saturday evening with the $64,889 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile (G3), won by Purty Darn Quick.

Purty Darn Quick ($8.50) won by a head in the 350-yard stake. With Ramiro Garcia aboard, Purty Darn Quick crossed the wire in 17.602 and earned a 95 speed index. ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 15, 2020—Luchador (15-1) hit the wire just ahead of race-time favorite Silk And Stilettos and Cherokee Senator in the $56,474 Adequan Ruidoso Downs Derby Challenge for 3-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs Saturday. The sorrel gelding by champion sire Valiant Hero out of Madresita ...



ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 15, 2020—After breaking sharply, Astranomical kept to task and built her lead to win the $43,010 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby (G3), the second of four regional Challenge qualifier stakes on Saturday afternoon.

With Jorge Torres aboard, Astranomical ($7.30) won the 400-yard Derby by a half-length in 19.840 and earned a ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 15, 2020—Multiple graded stakes winner Lynnder 16 picked up her second consecutive ARC Distaff Challenge Sakes victory when she defeated Graceisagoodreason by half-a-length in the $31,136 Ruidoso Downs Distaff regional race on Saturday. The daughter of leading sire Apollitical ...



ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 15, 2020—The Polar Vortex upset the field in the $26,430 ARC Prairie Meadows Distaff regional Challenge qualifier on Saturday evening to win her first career stakes race.

The Polar Vortex ($25.20) and jockey Jesus Salazar came home in :19.711 in the 400-yard event to earn a 95 speed index.

The 5-year-old ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 14, 2020—Juan Ramon Dorantes' sophomore star John Carter Cash was swift out of the gate and then left his older rivals behind on the way to completely dominating the Grade 2, $44,132 Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge here on Friday night. Ridden by Ruben Lozano for trainer Valentin Zamudio, John ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 12, 2020—A pair of talented juveniles both with Champion of Champions pedigrees will headline the running of the John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge at 350 yards here on Saturday night. Eight races are on tap with first post set for approximately 7:30 p.m. (PDT). Walker Family Trust’s Apollitical Patty, a half-sister to 2016 Champion of Champions winner Zoomin For Spuds, enters as the one to beat ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALTOONA, IA—AUGUST 12, 2020—Darling Farms’ Eagles Fly Higher will try for his third stakes win of the season in Saturday’s 440-yard, $56,007 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2). A 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle trained by Casey Black, Eagles Fly Higher won two graded stakes during the Remington Park spring meet -- the 350-yard, $50,000 Eastex ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 11, 2020—Juan M. Ramos Dorantes’ John Carter Cash has been one of the brightest stars in the sophomore division at Los Alamitos this season. The Oregon-bred son of Carters Cartel has always shown a flair for victory, as he began his career by winning his first three career ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 11, 2020—Lynnder 16, a 4-year-old daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess owned by Tom Maher and Richard Tobin, heads a field of nine fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $31,136 ARC Ruidoso Distaff Challenge at Ruidoso Downs. Lynnder 16 was a prompt even-money favorite in the July 7, $34,000 ARC Canterbury Distaff Challenge at ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—AUGUST 8, 2020—Graded stakes winner Madewell picked up another win Saturday on his way to the top qualifying time from two trials contested on opening day for The Downs at Albuquerque Distance Challenge(G2). The eight fastest qualifiers will return to The Downs on Sunday, August 23rd to vie for the winner's share of a $50,000 ...



Q RACING—AUGUST 4, 2020—The $40,000-added Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3) originally scheduled to run August 8 has been postponed one week, and will now be run on Friday, August 14, at the Orange County racetrack. Entries will be taken on Tuesday, August 11. The race, one of four regional races in the Bank ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALBUQUERQUE, NM—AUGUST 4, 2020—Madewell, a graded stakes winning homebred 6-year-old Jess Jones gelding owned by Ray L. Madewell and Davy Madewell, will make his next start in Saturday’s 870-yard AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge (G3) trials at Albuquerque Downs. Madewell is coming off of a Remington Park spring ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 1, 2020—Walker Family Trust's Apollitical Patty remained undefeated after posting a ¾ length victory while setting the fastest qualifying time to the John Deere Juvenile California Challenge on Saturday at Los Alamitos. A half-sister to 2016 Champion of Champions winner Zoomin For Spuds, Apollitical Patty took her record to a perfect three-for-three following a ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 1, 2020—Cherokee Senator, a son of multiple stakes sire Louisiana Senator, pulled the top four qualifiers into the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge after winning a blanket finish in the first of two trials by neck Saturday afternoon. Ridden by jockey Raul Ramirez, Jr., Cherokee Senator kept on well over the 400 ...



POCATELLO, ID—JULY 31, 2020—Frog Nation stamped his ticket to the Challenge Championships with a win in the $53,202 Bank of America Pocatello Downs Championship Challenge on Friday night.

Frog Nation ($12.40) and Carlos Guillen Chacon were the gate-to-wire winners of the Challenge Championship qualifier with a final time of 21.348 for ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 39, 2020—Peves Jackpot Jack raced down the track today and clocked the fastest qualifying time in the trials for the John Deere Ruidoso Downs QH Juvenile with a time of :17.556. The finals for the 350-yard, $25,000 race for 2-year-olds will be run on August 15th. Peves Jackpot Jack, a sorrel gelding by High Rate Of ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—JULY 30, 2020—A pair of trials to the John Deere California Challenge will highlight the 8-race program on Saturday night at Los Alamitos. First post is approximately 7:30 p.m. Fourteen juveniles will compete in the trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the 350-yard California regional final on ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI POCATELLO, ID—JULY 29, 2020—Jt Easy Bug and A Toast To Brindis are among the 10 aged runners entered back in Friday’s 440-yard, $53,202 Bank of America Pocatello Championship Challenge at Pocatello Downs. The fastest qualifier, Jt Easy Bug races for Jill G. Jamison ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 28, 2020—The Legend Stone, a stakes-winning son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Rancho La Cobra, will make his sophomore season debut in Saturday’s 400-yard Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge trials at Ruidoso Downs. The Legend Stone will be making his ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 28, 2020—Forty 2-year-olds, headed by Peves Blue Duck, are entered in Friday’s 350-yard John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge trials at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. A gelded son of the One Famous Eagle stallion Moonin ...



GRANDE PRARIE, ALB—JULY 27, 2020—Lovely Cuvee defeated First Prize Cruise by half-a-length Sunday in the ARC Distaff Challenge at Evergreen Park at Grande Prairie. Ridden by jockey J.B. Botello, the 3-year-old daughter of leading sire Tres Seis completed the 400 yards in a time of :20.622, into a 20 ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 25, 2020—Fastest qualifier His Time to Deal won the $61,149 John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge impressively on Saturday night. The race was second of three stakes on the card and the second regional Challenge qualifier.

Jose Vega rode His Time to Deal ($4.20) to a nearly 2-length victory for trainer Leon Bard. ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 25, 2020—A Painted Dynasty finally captured his elusive first career stakes after winning the $57,035 Adequan Derby Challenge at Retama on Saturday night.

A Painted Dynasty ($3.20) was the second fastest qualifier from three trials on July 3. On Saturday, Victor Urieta, Jr. guided him home in 19.890 to earn a 96 speed ...



ALTOONA, IA—JULY 25, 2020—Thomas D. Lepic's homebred Signs Of A Blue Moon defeated Cant Deny Her by a head in the last of three trials Saturday night for the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge to get the top qualifying time. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the three trial races, will return to Prairie Meadows on Friday, August ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 11, 2020---Graded stakes winner Shockinglyfamous rolled a one-length win over Senor Frogs in the $15,000 Regional Challenge Stakes this afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The New Mexico racetrack agreed to write a $15,000 Regional Challenge Stakes today, giving preference to 10 Rillito Championship Challenge qualifiers who ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 11, 2020—It may have taken five months but Charlies Fast Man earned a berth to the October 24th John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship(G2) by winning the $15,000 Regional Juvenile Challenge Stakes Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. It all started March 1st when Charlies Fast Man finished second in his career ...



POCATELLO, ID—JUNE 10, 2020-Dr Tool, a son of a leading second-crop sire Kiss My Hocks, extended his win streak to three on Wednesday night by defeating Calida by ¾'s quarters in the $39,740 Adequan© Pocatello Downs Derby Challenge. The 3-year-old went wire-to-wire, under jockey Jesus Valenzuela, ...



POCATELLO, ID—JUNE 10, 2020-Jt Easy Bug, under jockey Dallas Erickson, battled Frog Nation throughout the 440 yards before getting his nose in front at the wire to set the top qualifying time Wednesday evening for the Bank of America Pocatello Championship Challenge at Pocatello Downs. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trial races ...



AUBURN, WA—JULY 8, 2020—Due to recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington has decided to amend some of their race dates for the next month or two. Emerald Downs plans to stay with a Wednesday and Thursday schedule through the end of August. The Emerald Downs Bank Of America, John Deere Juvenile ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 7, 2020—Post-time favorite Danjer left no questions unanswered in his return to Canterbury Park. The 4-year-old FDD Dynasty gelding won the deep fifth edition of the $62,739 Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge (G3) and broke the track record in the process. ...



GRANTS PASS, OR—JULY 6, 2020—Jess A Little More bounced off a third-place finish in the June 23rd trials to come back and win the $41,311 Adequan® Grants Pass Derby Challenge Tuesday night at Grants Pass Downs. Under jockey Ruben Lozano, Jess A Little Moore rolled to a 1-½ length win over Mc Una Aquila while completing the 400 yards in ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 7, 2020—Six stakes at Canterbury Park on Tuesday afternoon kicked off with the $34,315 Canterbury Park ARC Distaff Challenge, won by Lynnder 16.

The stake race was the first of three regional qualifiers for the AQHA Challenge Championships and was part of an all-Quarter Horse card at Canterbury.

Lynnder 16 ...



SHAKOPEE, MN – JULY 7, 2020 - In the last of six stakes, High On Chablis and Berkley Packer came home well clear in the $26,648 Canterbury Park Distance Challenge.

High On Chablis ($6.20) won the 870-yard stake by over two lengths in 46.336 to earn a 91 speed index in his first stake win.

In the last race of the night to close out ...



POCATELLO, ID—JUNE 10, 2020-Coming off a win in the Weber Downs Derby Challenge in his last start Dr Tool has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for the $39,740 Adequan® Pocatello Derby Challenge on Wednesday at Pocatello Downs. The win also includes a berth for the $150,000-est. Adequan Derby® Challenge Championship(G3) on ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JULY 5, 2020—Ruidoso Downs will host two special Challenge stakes races on Friday and Saturday — carded as Race 10 each day. Regional Juvenile Challenge Stakes Friday's $15,000 Regional Juvenile Challenge Stakes is a 350 yard event giving preference to finalists of the Rillito Park Regional Challenge Juvenile, ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI POCATELLO, ID—JULY 6, 2020—Dr Tool, a gelded son of Kiss My Hocks owned and trained by Luis H. Gonzalez, is one of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Wednesday’s 400-yard, $39,740 Adequan Pocatello Downs Derby Challenge Stakes. Dr Tool will be making his first-ever start at ...



SELMA, TX – JULY 3, 2020 - Trials on Friday night at Retama continued with three trials for the Retama Adequan Derby Challenge, led by Apollitical Barbie, the winner of the third and final trial. The final will be held on July 25.

Apollitical Barbie ($15.40) and jockey Kelsi Purcell edged clear of post-time favorite Rusty Blood Gl to win ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 3, 2020—His Time to Deal leads the qualifier list after three trials for the Retama John Deere Juvenile Challenge on Friday night.

His Time to Deal won the first trial to set the fastest time of the night, 18.130. It would remain the fastest trial of the night, and the top three finishers are the three fastest qualifiers. ...



Q-RACING—JULY 1, 2020—Due to weather conditions that made the racing surface unsafe, the trials for the Bank of America Pocatello Championship Challenge scheduled for July 1 have been rescheduled. The two trials will now be held July 8, with the final being run on July 31. The winner of the race will receive an invitation to compete ...



SELMA, TX—JUNE 29, 2020—Retama Park will host a trio of qualifying trials for both the John Deere Juvenile and Adequan Derby Challenge stakes on Friday's race card. The 10 fastest qualifiers from each divisional race will return to Retama Park on Saturday, July 25th to vie for the winner's share of a $35,000-added purse in each final. ...



AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 24, 2020—These nomination or sustaining payments will keep a horse eligible to compete in regional races. Winners of regional races are eligible to compete at the end-of-year Bank of America Challenge Championships at The Downs at Albuquerque on October 24.

Trial and race dates are tentative due to COVID-19 related ...




GRANTS PASS, OR—JUNE 23, 2020—One Flyin Foose flew to a three-quarter length win in the second of two trials Tuesday to set the fastest qualifying time for the Adequan Grants Pass Derby. The ten fastest qualifiers will return to Grants Pass Downs on Tuesday, July 7th to vie for the winner's share ...



Q RACING—June 2, 2020—Two Bank of America Racing Challenge races originally scheduled to be run at Sam Houston Race Park have been moved to Retama Park. The John Deere Juvenile Challenge and Adequan® Derby Challenge regional races originally scheduled to be run at Sam Houston will move, with the added money for both races going up from ...



Q RACING—MAY 31, 2020—In the wake of the cancellation of the 2020 meet at Sandy Downs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pocatello Downs at Pocatello, Idaho, has requested to also run the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship-division ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 29, 2020—These nomination or sustaining payments will keep a horse eligible to compete in regional races. Winners of regional races are eligible to compete at the end-of-year Bank of America Challenge Championships at The Downs at Albuquerque on October 24.

Trial and race dates are tentative due to COVID-19 related ...




LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MAY 24, 2020—From the claiming ranks to the winner's circle in an AQHA Challenge stakes final, Fernando Flores' Mister Tornado has had a whirlwind of a year at Los Alamitos Race Course. Mister Tornado reached his crescendo by finishing powerfully to score a nose victory in the $37,961 Adequan California Derby Challenge on ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 24, 2020—The fastest qualifier from two trials on May 10, Dr Tool returned on Sunday afternoon to win the $50,771 Adequan Weber Downs Derby Challenge.

Due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Weber Downs agreed to host the regional ARC Distaff Challenge and Adequan Derby Challenge qualifiers that had ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 24, 2020—In the first of two regional AQHA Challenge qualifiers, Loco Ocho broke sharply and extended her lead to nearly a length to win the $27,676 ARC Weber Downs Distaff Challenge.

The 400-yard event was restricted to Challenge-enrolled fillies and mares. Due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Weber Downs ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 23, 2020—Fastest qualifier Dr Tool will be looking to repeat his trial performance on Sunday when he faces a field of 10 in the $50,771 Adequan Weber Downs Derby. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the May 10th trials will line-up at Weber Downs going 400 yards. The winner will also earn a starting spot in the 2020 $150,000-est. ...