AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI AURORA, WA—AUGUST 25, 2018—Mr Pyc To You, a Grade 1-winning 5-year-old son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, will make his season debut in Sunday’s 440-yard, $30,000-added Bank of America Emerald Challenge Stakes at Emerald Downs. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA, CANADA—AUGUST 24, 2018—KR Streakin Version, a 10-year-old son of Latest Version racing for Marvin E. Christensen and Richard Aldoff, is one of seven aged runners entered in Sunday’s 870-yard, $23,490 AQHA Evergreen Park Distance Challenge Stakes. Trained by John Poirier, KR Streakin Version ...



GRANDE PRAIRIE, A—AUGUST 19, 2018— Post-time favorite Singles Cruise was an easy winner of the $40,555 John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge, cruising home by a length in the 350-yard stakes race feature at Evergreen Park on Sunday.

Singles Cruise ($6.10) was the third fastest qualifier after finishing third in the faster of two ...



ELY, NV—AUGUST 19, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Rtm Mr Caccia raced to a new stakes record Sunday when he defeated stable-mate Sign Of Corona by a neck in the $11,130 Ely/AQHA Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black type) at White Pines Racing. Ridden by jockey Rene Gutierrez, Rtm Mr Caccia completed the 400 yards in :19.857 seconds, equaling a ...



SAN ANTONIO, TX—AUGUST 18, 2018—Jess Leaving Fast lived up to his name in the $95,220 John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night. The colt gained an early lead and maintained it to win the 350-yard final by three-quarters of a length.

Final time for the feature race of the card was 17.518. Nestor Duran piloted the son of ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 18, 2018— Cole Man 47, a Utah-bred gelding by Stel Corona, is named after special person in the lives of owners Steve and JoAnn McIntyre. "He's named after our grandson, Cole," Steve McIntyre said. "Our grandson is a pretty good soccer player and his number is 47. That's how ...



SAN ANTONIO, TX—AUGUST 18, 2018—Droff picked up his first career stakes win on Saturday night in the $46,260 Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge as the fastest qualifier and post time favorite.

Droff ($3.20), with Luis Vivanco up, covered the 400-yard distance in 19.965 and earned a 95 speed index. Vivanco has been aboard for the ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—AUGUST 14, 2018—FM Im A Zatanaz Too, a graded stakes winning son of champion Tempting Dash racing for Jose Fabian Hernandez, drew post 9 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $94,500 John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Retama Park. The third-fastest qualifier, FM Im ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 16, 2018—Monty Arrossa has enjoyed some big nights already in 2018. He saddled the great Zoomin For Spuds to victory in the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity and in that same weekend, the trainer had a total of 11 victories with his horses across the nation. Two weeks ago, in the trials to the $51,210 John Deere California ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA, CANADA—AUGUST 16, 2018—Charles G. Stojan’s Always Right, a daughter of Stel Corona trained by William Leech, is the even-money morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 350-yard, $31,050 John Deere Grande Prairie Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Evergreen ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 12, 2018—Johnny Trotter's One Sweet Racy scored the first stakes victory of her racing career after holding off Turner Farms' One Hot Habit by a neck in the $24,480 AQHA California Regional Distaff Challenge on Sunday at Los Alamitos. As the top two finishers in this race, One Sweet Racy and One Hot Habit both ...



AURORA, CO—AUGUST 12, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Faster Than Hasta bumped at the start but recovered nicely, under jockey Alfredo Triana Jr., to defeat Paint Your Eagle by a neck in the $22,900 RMQHA Championship at Arapahoe Park. Conditioned by trainer Robert Johnson, Faster Than Hasta completed the 400 yards in :19.969 seconds, equaling ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 12, 2018—In one of the most impressive come-from-behind efforts ever in a Quarter Horse stakes race, Bill Hoburg's BH Lisas Boy rallied back from being more than two lengths behind AQHA champion Hold Air Hostage halfway through the $49,680 Bank of America California Regional Championship to win the 440-yard race by a ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 8, 2018— Los Alamitos Race Course has been a home away from home for Duck Dash N Go, the talented multiple stakes winner owned by Vicente Treyes of Jerome, Idaho. After competing at four different racetracks to kick off her racing career, the 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred mare by Corona Fast Dash has called Los ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 8, 2018—The millionaire Hold Air Hostage will make his Los Alamitos debut this Saturday when he joins an outstanding cast of older horses led by three-time Grade 1 winner BH Lisas Boy and defending stakes winner Flash N Bling in the $45,180 Bank of America California Regional Championship at 440 yards. Nine races ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 4, 2018— Steveieb Flashofcash battled Cole Man 47 to a neck win to remain undefeated while posting the top qualifying time for the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge Saturday night at Los Alamitos Race Course. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the two trial races, will return to the Southern California racetrack ...



GRANDE PRARIE, ALB—AUGUST 4, 2018—Always Right, under jockey Ricardo Moreno, got up at the wire to defeat Ifarm by a neck in the second of two trials for the John Deere Evergreen Juvenile Challenge Saturday in Grande Prairie. The pair posted ...



LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 1, 2018— Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity finalist Cole Man 47, Bitterroot Futurity finalist Fames Prize Stone, and Cowboys Futurity finalist Allyson Wonderland are among a well-traveled group of runners that will compete in a pair of trials to the John Deere California Juvenile on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Nine ...



Q-RACING—JULY 30, 2018—One set of nomination payments for regional Bank of America Racing Challenge races are due on August 1. They include:
  • The $25,000-added AQHA Lone Star Distaff Challenge has trials on September 21 and the final on October 5.
Sustaining payments or late fee payments for regional Bank of America ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 29, 2018—Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old son of Jess Zoomin owned and trained by Jesus Carrete of Albuquerque, broke sharply and sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Sunday’s $53,370 AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3) at Albuquerque Downs. Ridden by Jansen ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 28, 2018—Arturo Ibarra’s Wii B ($15.80) scored his second win of the meet setting the fastest qualifying time in the fourth trial of six trails contested Saturday night for the $30,000-added John Deere Retama Juvenile Challenge. The son of Mighty B Valiant out of the ...



GREAT FALLS, MT—JULY 28, 2018—Oklahoma-bred Pyc Disco closed fast under jockey Brian Beetem to defeat Super Starr by a head in the $9,040 State Fair AQHA Bonus Challenge (not black type) Saturday at Great Falls. One Dashin Man held for third. Owned-and-trained by Duane Lafferty, Pyc Disco completed the 300 yards in :15.532 seconds, ...



SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2018—Three trials were run on the Friday evening card for the Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge. Jorge Haddad’s Droff, a homebred son of champion FDD Dynasty trained by Alonso Neri, won the second trial in a swift :19.778. Trained by Alonso Neri, Droff was ridden by Luis ...



AMARILLO, TX—JULY 27, 2018—AQHA's 2019 Bank of America® Regional Racing Challenge program is on course to return to a full regional schedule in 2019. Applications have already been sent to prospective racetracks to host 2019 Bank of America® Regional Racing Challenge races. “I am excited to be gathering information for next year’s Bank of ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 26, 2018—On Sunday, a field of 10 Quarter Horses, including two also-eligible entries, has been entered in the 870-yard, $40,000-added AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes (G3). Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old gelding owned and trained by Jesus Carrete of Albuquerque, set the fastest qualifying time (:44.23) with his ...



EDMONTON, ALB—JULY 25, 2018—Under jockey Ricardo Moreno, 5-year-old Toughie drew clear Wednesday night to defeat Ima Running First by a one-length in the $8,840(US) Edmonton Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black type) at Northlands Park. Cruisinfourabruisin finished a neck back in third. Saddled by trainer William Leech, Toughie completed her ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 25, 2018—Fifty-six 2-year-olds, topped by graded stakes winner FM Im A Zatanaz Too, have been entered in Saturday’s 350-yard John Deere Retama Park Juvenile Challenge trials at Retama Park. Trained by Ismael Solis-Guevara for owner Jose Fabian ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI SELMA, TX—JULY 24, 2018—Partykrasher, a gelded son of Krash Cartel owned by Bennie and Teresa Jeter, is one of 21 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge trials at Retama Park. Partykrasher is coming off of a Sam Houston Race Park spring meet during which the homebred gelding won ...



IDAHO FALLS, ID—JULY 20, 2018—Rob That Wagon, under jockey Nikeela Black, held off Jess Send It to win the $48,960 John Deere Sandy Juvenile Challenge Friday night at Sandy Downs. It was the fourth consecutive win for the 2-yer-old son of leading sire Pyc Paint Your Wagon. From the barn of leading ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI IDAHO FALLS, ID—JULY 13, 2018—Rob That Wagon, a gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon and the fastest qualifier, will risk his three-race win streak in Friday’s 350-yard, $48,960 John Deere Sandy Downs Juvenile Challenge at Sandy Downs. Trained by Mark Hanson for owners RTM ...



AJAX, ONT—JULY 15, 2018—Bouncing off a third-place effort in the trials, Stripper Dust finished best to defeat stablemate Spy For The Senate by three-quarters in the $20,140(US) Ajax Bonus Challenge Futurity Sunday afternoon at Ajax Downs. The stakes race was for AQHA Challenge enrolled 2-year-olds. Ridden by jockey Nakia Ramirez, ...



PRINEVILLE, OR—JULY 14, 2018—Multiple stakes winner For Sweet Jess broke sharp under jockey Robert Burney then held off Mals First Down by a head to win the $13,700 Jack Rhoden Memorial Bonus Challenge (not black type) Saturday night at the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Oregon. Trainer Jose Sanguino saddled the son of leading sire ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 13, 2018—Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old gelding owned and trained by Jesus J. Carrete of Albuquerque, is the fastest qualifier to the July 29, $52,000-est. AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge Stakes. Ridden by Jansen Melancon and sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, Zoomin Racer won the first of two 870-yards by two lengths ...



AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—JULY 12, 2018—The Bank of America Racing Challenge will celebrate the pinnacle of its 25th anniversary during the Bank of America Challenge Championship night, which is November 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course in sunny Southern California. There, many of the best racing American Quarter Horses will gather from ...



ALBUQUERQUE, NM—JULY 12, 2018—Friday’s nine-race program at The Downs will be headlined by two 870-yard AQHA Albuquerque Distance Challenge (G3) trials. Zoomin Racer, a 5-year-old bay son of Jess Zoomin owned and trained by Jesus Carrete of Albuquerque, drew the rail post and will be ridden by ...



IDAHO FALLS, ID—JULY 6, 2018—Coming off win in the $92,602 Bitterroot Futurity on June 22nd, Rob That Wagon put in another solid effort to post the top qualifying mark from three trials contested Friday for the John Deere Sandy Juvenile Challenge at Sandy Downs. Ridden by jockey Nikeela Black, Rob That Wagon completed the 350-yard task in ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 4, 2018— Canterbury Park specialist Kowboy Jim added another Minnesota win to his resume in Wednesday’s $49,410 Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge. Final time for the 440-yard race was 21.743 over a fast wet track; the winner earned a 106 speed index.

Kowboy Jim ($10.00) is bred, owned and trained by ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 4, 2018—Canterbury’s current leading trainer, Jason Olmstead, and leading jockey, Cristian Esqueda, teamed up to bring Corona Springs to the winner’s circle in the $34,740 Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge on July 4.

Corona Springs ($7.40) was visually impressive in the paddock and carried her class ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 1, 2018—The 2016 winner of both the Bank of America Canterbury Park Championship Challenge and the $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), Ajs High, will return to race at Canterbury Park in the 2018 running of ...



SHAKOPEE, MN—JULY 1, 2018—The exacta from the 2017 Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge will return to compete in the 2018 $34,740 Boehringer Ingelheim Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge on July 4.

Last year’s winner, Jr Rock Star, will compete for leading trainer Jason Olmstead, with Nakia Ramirez aboard. The 5-year-old daughter of ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 30, 2018—Mi Amor Secreto took a big step forward to win the $68,940 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Kelly Perez’s homebred Mi Amor Secreto, who she calls her keeper horse, raced to his first stakes win in the 400-yard derby Challenge and showed that he should improve when the ...



BELCOURT, ND—JUNE 30, 2018—Ramblin On in Style broke on top and was the gate to wire winner of the $6,330 AQHA Chippewa Downs Bonus Challenge Stakes (not black-type) on Saturday afternoon. The 4-year-old filly and jockey Francisco Estrada made it look easy, winning the 350-yard race by a length over a short field of five.

Ramblin On in ...



AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 25, 2018—Nominations and Sustaining payments for several Challenge races are due July 1. A nomination payment of $400 is due Sunday, July 1 for the following races:
  • Prairie Meadows Adequan Derby $37,500-Added (T: 09/01 F: 09/15)
  • Prairie Meadows John Deere Juvenile $45,000-Added (T: 09/01 F: 09/15)
...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 24, 2018—The promising fastest-qualifier Mr Amor Secreto looks to step forward in the $68,940 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge (see related story) on Saturday afternoon during Military Appreciation weekend at Ruidoso Downs. Every Saturday at Ruidoso Downs, $1,000 is added to the fifth race trifecta ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 17, 2018—Jess A Sweet Surpize went wire-to-wire in her maiden win Sunday at Ajax Downs while posting the top qualifying time for the Bonus Challenge Futurity. The 10 fastest qualifiers, from two trials for Challenge enrolled 2-year-olds, will return Sunday, July 15th to vie for the winner's share of the $15,000-added stakes ...



IDAHO FALLS, ID—JUNE 22, 2018—Coming off a win in the Sun Downs Distaff Challenge last month, Love To Reason Br blew the competition in the first of two trials Friday for the Sandy Downs Distaff Challenge. Under jockey Jose Figueroa, the 5-year-old mare was much the best as she romped to a 3 ¾ length win and the top qualifying time of ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 17, 2018—Had To Be Ivory ran his perfect record to 6-for-6 on Sunday when he defeated Carneros by half-a-length in the $17,285(US) Bonus Challenge Derby at Ajax Downs. Silky Senator finished another length back in third. Making his 2018 debut, under a hand ride by jockey Tony Phillips, Had To Be Ivory completed the 300 ...



GILLETTE, WY—JUNE 16, 2018—Colorado-bred Jrs Blue Boy posted a new track record Saturday when he defeated Genuine Version by ¾'s of a length in the $15,125 Energy Downs Bonus Challenge Stakes at Energy Downs. Under jockey Rene Lopez, Jrs Blue Boy covered the 350 yards in :17.199 seconds, a 114-speed index, with a 10 mph tailwind. The ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 15, 2018—Kelly Perez’s Mi Amor Secreto made a late bid on the outside and scored the fastest-qualifying time to the $68,200 Ruidoso Derby Challenge at Ruidoso Downs on Friday afternoon. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the four trials advanced to the Ruidoso Derby Challenge on June 30. Mi Amor Secreto is ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 14, 2018— A chance to win your own keg party courtesy of Brock Street Brewery is on tap on the popular Father's Day card of Quarter Horse Racing at Ajax Downs Sunday. Brings the Dads out for an exciting day of racing featuring the 1st running of the $22,800 Bonus Challenge Derby which marks the return of the undefeated Had ...