AQHA/Bank of America Racing Challenge Archives


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)
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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 ...



RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—JUNE 11, 2018—Reliance Ranches, LLC’s homebred Sc Vapor Trail has found success in the American Quarter Horse Association’s Challenge races and looks to add to that resume when she starts in the trials to the $60,000 (est.) Adequan Ruidoso Derby trials on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. First post time is 1 p.m. and ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 8, 2018—Fastest qualifier Paint Me Southern returned Sunday afternoon to defeat stablemate Apollitical Toll by three-quarters in the $24,825 Ajax Bonus Challenge Maiden (not black type) at Ajax Downs. Senator Woot finished a neck back to take third. Ridden by jockey Ed Walton, Paint Me Southern covered the 300 yards in ...



AJAX, ONT—JUNE 8, 2018—Carol and Dave McIntyre of Hampton, ON have two chances at a big win at Ajax Downs on Sunday in the first running of the new AQHA Bonus Challenge Final worth $22,000.

The couple, whose horses race under their Big Dog Stable, have the aptly named High Rate Of Run as well as Senator Woot competing against eight ...




AMARILLO, TX—JUNE 6, 2018—Nominations and Sustaining payments for several Challenge races are due June 15. A nomination payment of $400 is due Friday, June 15 for the following races:
  • Emerald Downs Bank of America Championship $30,000-Added (T: 08/05 F: 08/26)
  • Los Alamitos Distaff $15,500-Added (T: 07/29 F: ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 28, 2018—With a dominant win in the $14,100 AQHA Fort Hall Casino Bonus Challenge, A Cartel Hustle broke the Pocatello Downs track record for 400 yards. A Cartel Hustle and Nikeela Black stopped the clock in 19.299, earning a 120 speed index.

The 4-year-old Idaho-bred gelding defeated the field by nearly two lengths in ...



LETHBRIDGE, ALB—MAY 27, 2018—Coming off a fourth-place finish in the Sun Downs Distaff Challenge earlier this month, Toughie put in a big finish to get a neck in front of Honor The Fast Man in Sunday's $13,056 RMTC Bonus Challenge (not black type) at Lethbridge. Ridden by jockey Ricardo Moreno, Toughie completed the 350 yards in :17.855 ...



AJAX, ONT—MAY 27, 2018—Under a hand-ride by jockey Ed Watson, Paint Me Southern won the second of two trials by 1-¼ lengths on Sunday to set the fastest time for the Ajax Bonus Maiden Challenge at Ajax Downs. It was the second consecutive win for the daughter of leading sire Pyc Paint Your Wagon ...



ABERDEEN, SD—MAY 26, 2018—Mr King Cartel, with Jeramie Fennell aboard, pulled ahead to win by a neck in the $4,650 Bank of America NHRA Bonus Challenge (not black-type) at Brown County Fair on Saturday.

Final time for the 350-yard race was 17.830; Mr King Cartel ($9.80) earned a 100 speed index.

Mr King Cartel is a 4-year-old North ...



LETHBRIDGE, ALB—MAY 26, 2018—Fastest qualifier First Prize Cruise returned on Saturday to defeat Deans Double Take by 1-½ lengths in the $14,742 Alberta Aged Series Bonus Challenge Maiden (not black type) at Lethbridge. This Budsforyou finished a neck back to take third. Ridden by jockey Martin Ortiz, First Prize Cruise completed the 350 ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 22, 2018—Nominations and Sustaining payments for several Challenge races are due June 1. A nomination payment of $400 is due Friday, June 1 for the following ...



OGDEN, UT—MAY 19, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Joe Legacy went gate-to-wire, after nearly a three-year layoff, to defeat Lt Heza Winner by three-quarters in the $11,700 Utah-AQHA Bonus Challenge (not black type) Saturday at Weber Downs. Bay Max finished another three-quarters back to take third. Ridden by jockey Jesus Canales, Joe Legacy ...



MILES CITY, MT—MAY 19, 2018— Red Storm Memories held on to an early lead to win the $13,500 Bucking Horse Sale Bank of America Bonus Racing Challenge Stakes (non black-type), the final race on the Saturday card in Miles City.

Red Storm Memories ($11.40) and jockey Malouly Rodriguez opened with a one-length lead on the field and held on ...



POCATELLO, ID—MAY 18, 2018—In his first start this season multiple stakes winner A Cartel Hustle held off Bigtime Carter to win the $14,025 AQHA Fort Hall Casino Bonus Challenge (not black type) Friday afternoon at Pocatello Downs. Under jockey Nikeela Black, A Cartel Hustle completed the 350 yards in a quick :17.325 clocking to earn a 111 ...



AJAX, ONT—MAY 17, 2018—Ajax Downs will host two trials on Sunday for the Ajax Downs Bonus Challenge. Three-year-olds and up with an average Speed Index of 70 or Under are eligible. Contested over 250 yards, the $18,333-added final will be ...



KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 6, 2018—Love To Reason Br rallied to defeat posttime favorite and fastest qualifier Tickle Ur Fancy by a neck in the $25,110 Sun Downs Distaff Challenge Sunday afternoon in Kennewick, Washington. Ridden by jockey Jose ...



KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 5, 2018—Racing for a tag last year at Los Alamitos Race Course, 3-year-old Favorite Bling earned her first black type on Saturday when she defeated L Bar D Razle Dazle by a neck in the $38,700 Adquan Sun Down Downs Derby ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI KENNEWICK, WA—MAY 4, 2018—Charles G. Stojan’s True Copy, a California-bred daughter of TR Dasher trained by William Leech, heads a field of 10 sophomores in Saturday’s 400-yard, $38,700 Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge Stakes at Sun Downs. True Copy is coming off of a 2-year-old campaign during which she earned ...



AMARILLO, TX—MAY 4, 2018—Nominations and Sustaining payments for several Challenge races are due May 15. A nomination payment of $400 is due Tuesday, May 15 for the following races:
  • Hipodromo Adequan Derby $20,000-added (T: 06/17 F: 07/01)
  • Hipodromo John Deere Juvenile $17,500-added (T: 06/10 F: 07/01)
  • Sandy Downs John ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 30, 2018—Trainer Tony Sedillo reported today that AQHA Racing Champion and All American Futurity(G1) winner Imperial Eagle is in "Good Order" after the Equibase chart reported that he was vanned off following a fifth-place finish in Sunday's $46,980 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship. Imperial Eagle ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 29, 2018 — Fitz and Joseph Belloc, Jr. pulled off an unexpected win in the $46,980 Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge, the featured race of Sunday’s afternoon card.

Belloc and Fitz covered the 440-yard race in 21.649 and earned a 102 speed index. Fitz ($15.00) was bet down from his 15-1 morning line. ...



PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 29, 2018—With a surging run into the stretch, Rare Ed ($14.80) and Justine Klaiber passed heavy favorite Mickey Ward to win the $17,460 Turf Paradise Distance Challenge on Sunday afternoon. The stakes race kicked off a card with six Quarter Horse races and is one of only four Distance Challenge Championship qualifiers ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 27, 2018—Champion Imperial Eagle, a 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle racing for Christina D. Robinson, drew post 4 for Sunday’s 440-yard, $55,000-added Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge at Turf Paradise. Trained by Tony Sedillo, ...



KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 22, 2018—Multiple stakes winner Tickle Ur Fancy got her fifth consecutive win on Sunday when she defeated Love To Reason BR in the second of two trials for the $13,000-Added AQHA Sun Downs Distaff Challenge at Sun Downs. Tickle Ur Fancy won by half-a-length while driving ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 21, 2018— Jess Bein The Hero entered the starting gate for tonight’s $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park in search of his fourth consecutive victory.

With jockey Jorge Linares in the irons, the 5-year-old Texas-bred not only added to his win streak but proved his ...




KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 21, 2018—Multiple stakes sire Favorite Cartel dominated Saturday's Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge trials. The young stallion sired three of the ten qualifiers, including the two trial winners with the top two qualifying times. A Challenge participant himself, the son of ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 20, 2018—Eleven fillies and mares have been entered in two 400-yard Boehringer Ingelheim Sun Downs Distaff Challenge trials at Sun Downs. Phoenix Farms’ Gone Fast, a homebred daughter of Meter Me ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI KENNEWICK, WA—APRIL 20, 2018—True Copy, a California-bred daughter of Tr Dasher owned by Charles G. Stojan, is one of 16 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 400-yard Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge trials at Sun Downs. Trained by William Leech, True Copy will be making her season debut off of a juvenile campaign ...



AMARILLO, TX—APRIL 18, 2018—Nominations for the AQHA Distaff Sandy Downs Challenge are due May 1. A nomination payment of $400 is due Tuesday, May 1 for the $18,000-added AQHA Distaff Sandy Downs Challenge. 3-Year-Old and Up Challenge enrolled fillies and mares are eligible to enter. An additional sustaining payment of $800 will be due ...



HOUSTON, TX—APRIL 17, 2018— The featured race of the Saturday, April 21st card at Sam Houston Race Park is the $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2). Two trials were contested on March 31 to determine the ten fastest qualifiers for the 440-yard final. This is the 25th year of the Bank of America Challenge Championships, a program supported by the American Quarter Horse ...



By Ty Wyant Q-RACING—APRIL 13, 2018—If you ever needed evidence that the Bank of America Racing Challenge program is a prime race opportunity, then pay attention to a pair of Bank of America regional Challenge races at Sam Houston and Turf Paradise on April 21. Each of the 440-yard Challenge Championship regional races is a Grade 2 ...



PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 7, 2018 - Imperial Eagle, the 2016 All American Futurity winner, is the fastest qualifier from two trials at 440 yards on Saturday for the Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge. Imperial Eagle ($4.20) and jockey Jorge Bourdieu posted a time of 21.453 to win the second trial, earning a speed index of 106. ...



BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI PHOENIX, AZ—APRIL 6, 2018—Fifteen aged runners, headed by champion Imperial Eagle, have been entered in Saturday’s 440-yard Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge trials at Turf Paradise. A 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle, Imperial Eagle is trained by Tony ...



AMARILLO, TX—APRIL 5, 2018—Nominations for Bank of America Regional Challenge races to be contested at Canterbury Park and Ruidoso Downs are due April 15. A $400 nomination payment is due April 15 for the Bank of America Canterbury Park Challenge Championship and the Canterbury Park Distaff Challenge. An additional sustaining payment ...



HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 31, 2018—Two trials were contested this evening at Sam Houston Race Park to determine the ten fastest qualifiers for the $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2). Jess Bein the Hero ($3.40) with Jorge Linares in the irons, won the first trial in :21.731 seconds. Owned by Juan F. Martinez-Labastida, the ...



HOUSTON, TX—MARCH 27, 2018—Sam Houston Race Park will once again participate in the Bank of America Racing Challenge, with regional winners from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico earning berths to final competition each year. On Saturday night, there will be two trials for the $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge ...



By Ty Wyant, Q-RACING BLOG AMARILLO, TX—MARCH 23, 2018—What have the major winners at last fall’s Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships been up to lately and what are their 2018 plans? Let’s find out. It’s difficult to determine in March where a horse will be running on November 17. However, it is safe to assume that these ...



AMARILLO, TX—MARCH 23, 2018—The 2018 Bank of America Racing Challenge Condition Book is now available. Customers can email mreed@aqha.org or call the Challenge Hotline at 877-222-7223 to request a hard copy. Customers can also view it at aqha.com/racing or ...



AMARILLO, TX—MARCH 22, 2018—Nominations for two Bank of America Regional Challenge races to be contested at Sun Downs in Kennewick, Washington are due April 1. A sustaining payment of $800 is due April 1 for the $20,000-added Adequan Derby Challenge. Trials for the 400 yard race, for 3-year-old Challenge enrolled horses, will contested on ...



By Janet VanBebber Based on events that have happened this year, we know that the Bank of America Racing Challenge has overpaid purses in recent years, and reform is needed to maintain the viability of the program. We’ve done a survey to ...



AMARILLO, TX-FEBRUARY 14, 2018--Nominations for two Bank of America Regional Challenge races to be contested at Turf Paradise Racetrack are due Thursday, February 15. A nomination fee of $400 is due Thursday for the $30,000-added Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge. Trials for the 440 yard race, for 3-year-olds and older ...