Q RACING—OCTOBER 26, 2020—The Bank of America Challenge Championships are a celebratory weekend for horsemen. It features a full slate of the top racing American Quarter Horses battling it out on the racetrack, combined with the opportunity for a holiday of fun for the whole family. The Downs at Albuquerque hosted its first Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship in 2019, offering attendees all the fun that Albuquerque has to ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 24, 2020—Multiple Grade 1 winner Danjer exploded late under jockey Cody Smith to run down Mi Amor Secreto by a head in the $251,775 Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship Saturday night at The Downs at Albuquerque. The son of world champion sire ...



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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 ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 24, 2020—Bad Monkey, under jockey Benito Baca, got up at the wire to defeat Jc Wild King by a neck in the $125,800 Grade 2 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship Saturday at The Downs at Albuquerque. Bouncing off a ninth-place effort in the Dash For Cash Futurity(G2) on September 27th, Bad Monkey completed the ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 24, 2020—It was a Kiss My Hocks exacta in the $150,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Albuquerque on Saturday night. The sire was represented by winner Jess My Hocks and runner-up Dr Tool in the Championship event. ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 24, 2020—With a beautiful ride under jockey Benito Baca, Madewell easily rolled to a new track record in the $93,605 Grade 1 Cox Ranch Distance Challenge Championship on Saturday at The Downs at Albuquerque. The 6-year-old son of multiple stakes sire Jess Jones settled on the rail early before making an impressive ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 24, 2020—The 2020 Bank of American Challenge Championship Night got under on Saturday with five undercard stakes for challenge horses who competed in the regional races throughout the year and across the country. Senor Frogs Wins $40,000 Downs Casino Quarter Horse Stakes at Albuquerque As the Challenge ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 24, 2020—Veteran trainer John Stinebaugh will saddle three horses in Saturday’s Bank of America Challenge Championships, all of whom qualified through regional races in Texas. Two of them will break ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 24, 2020—Two of the representatives from the California contingent this year will be saddled by trainer Roman Figueroa in Saturday’s Bank of America Challenge Championships. Figueroa was a top jockey, an NFR-level roper, and has been a key player in the legendary Blane Schvaneveldt stable alongside ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 23, 2020—In a normal year, a trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championships requires significant dedication from Canadian participants, as they have to travel more than 1,300 miles one way to arrive. ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 23, 2020—This weekend has been a long time coming for Dean Frey of Stanton, California. He has three horses running in the Bank of America Challenge Championships on Saturday at The Downs at Albuquerque, including Kowboy Jim in the Downs Casino Stakes, Bad Monkey in the John Deere Juvenile Challenge ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI ALBUQUERQUE, NM—OCTOBER 22, 2020—Five graded stakes, headed by the 440-yard, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), will be contested during Saturday’s Bank of America Challenge Championships program at The Downs at Albuquerque. Post time for the first race is set for 4:10 p.m. (MDT). Following is a ...



Q RACING—OCTOBER 22, 2020—Post positions for the 2020 Bank of America Challenge Championships to be held October 24 at The Downs at Albuquerque were drawn earlier this week. First post on the 10-race card is 4:10 p.m. MST. The first five races will all be undercard Challenge races, including the Sandia Distance Stakes, Albuquerque ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 22, 2020—When Louisana Bunny races in the $125,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (G2), she will race for the memory of her owner and breeder Lee Markholt of Tacoma, Washington, who died on October 5. Trainer Nick Lowe of Richfield, Washington, will saddle the Louisiana Senator filly for her breeder’s ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 22, 2020—Trainer John Hammes of Holly, Colorado, has always been a strong supporter of the Bank of America Racing Challenge, and this year is now different, as he will saddle three horses running in Saturday’s Challenge Championships, all of which he owns in whole or in partnership. Stepping up in ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 21, 2020—Pirate Coves Hero’s sorrel coat gleams with good health. He has plenty of hay to eat while resting in his stall, but at the moment his attention ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 21, 2020—The Bank of America Challenge Championships are a celebration of great racing American Quarter Horses, and Enrique Rojo of Franklin, Idaho, has a lot to be proud of. He is the breeder, owner, trainer, groom and galloper of Royallittlewagon, who is set to run in the Pitre GMC Distaff on ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 21, 2020— Ms Esther isn’t big on socializing. The 2014 daughter of the Thoroughbred Afrashad prefers her own company, looking out haughtily over the barn area as her owner and trainer Jordan Baumann scrubs, rinses and fills her water bucket. He brings her the blue bucket of fresh water, which she ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 21, 2020—An Alberta bred, traveling to Albuquerque by way of Altoona, is looking for a big run in the Adequan® Derby Challenge Championship (G3). Mott The Hopple races for his breeder, Mark W. Cassel, of Shelby, Montana, and prepares to make just his seventh career start in the race with an estimated ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 20, 2020—When Loco Ocho races in Saturday’s $100,000-est. AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship (G1), she will represent family. First, the 4-year-old mare will represent her own bloodlines: She is sired by The ...



By Andrea Caudill Q RACING—OCTOBER 20, 2020—It’s hard enough to get a horse qualified into the prestigious Bank of America Challenge Championships, which are October 24 at The Downs at Albuquerque. It’s a rare feat for someone to get ...