Fighter Gone Wild Takes Fourth Straight In Turf Paradise Quarter Horse Championship
Fighter Gone Wild, under jockey Emilio Tapia, drives to victory in the $17,500 Turf Paradise QH Championship on Sunday.

Fighter Gone Wild Takes Fourth Straight In Turf Paradise Quarter Horse Championship

PHOENIX, AZ—DECEMBER 31, 2017—Fighter Gone Wild dueled Jess A Cowboy to a half-length win in the $17,500 Turf Paradise Quarter Horse Championship Sunday afternoon. Fitz finished three-quarter back in third.

Ridden by jockey Emilio Tapia, Fighter Gone Wild raced over the "classic" Quarter Horse distance of 440 yards in :21.474 seconds to earn a 106-speed index. It was the fourth consecutive win for the 4-year-old son of Fighter On Fire who began his streak at Arapahoe Park in June when he won for a $10,000-tag.

Owned by Orlando Guerrero and trained by Ubaldo Guerrero, Fighter On Fire backed that race up with a win in Arapahoe's American Flyer Stakes before he returned to Turf Paradise to win two more times.

Loretta Brasher, Executive Director of AQHRA, presents the Turf Paradise Quarter Championship buckle to winning trainer Ubaldo Guerrero Sunday afternoon.
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Bred in Colorado by Tom Lichlyter from the Mr Sailing Easy mare Wanna Know Now, the sorrel gelding has compiled a (21) 7-4-1 record and used the $10,416 Turf Paradise Championship winners' purse to boost his bankroll to more than $60,000.

Multiple stakes winner Jess A Cowboy finished a game second for owner/breeder Larry Stark and trainer Matthew Fales. Jorge Bourdieu rode the 5-year-old Dejon gelding from the Canth mare Secret Return. He picked up $3,360 for the effort to push his earnings total past $170,200.

Coming off a win in the AQRA Turf Paradise Derby earlier this month, Fitz drifted out under jockey Joseph Belloc, Jr. to finish third. Rigoberto Guillen trains the royally-bred Mr Jess Perry gelding for owner Yuriana Ramirez. Double Bar S Ranch, LLC bred Fitz in California from the First Down Dash mare Dividends Declared. He earned $1,680.

Specials Gold, Frontera Special, Av Zacharys Call, Dos Tocallos, Kismet and Peaceful Bono completed the field. Volcano was scratched.