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Feature Jess Rockin Wins Bank of America Challenge Championship

Feature Jess Rockin won Friday night's featured Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championships by a half-length over Rylees Boy and favored Stolis Winner, who became Quarter Horse racing's all-time earnings leader with his third-place finish.  FULL CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIPS STAKES QUOTES THE $75,...

Horses from Mexico Set to Compete in Challenge Championships

Upon learning that Francisco Colorado's undefeated Loose Perry and three-time winner Rebas Corona were standing in the stalls in front of them in a barn at Fair Grounds Race Course, two reporters became eager to ask more questions of the man who had told them the horses' names. The man was trainer...

Stolis Winner After Earnings Mark

Jerry Windham’s homebred world champion Stolis Winner attempts to secure the all-time earnings record for an American Quarter Horse when he races in the 440-yard $350,000 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G1) on November 19 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the richest race on the Bank...

Trainers Pleased With Fair Grounds Reception for Challenge Championships

Trainers of horses racing Friday night during the 13-race Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships card have been pleased with first-time host Fair Grounds Race Course. “Fair Grounds has been really cooperative with us,” said Bret Vickery, who will send out five starters on Friday in his...

In-laws Team Up in Challenge Championships

Mike Burgess, who trains a stable of Thoroughbreds at Fair Grounds Race Course, will make his American Quarter Horse training debut on Friday evening when he saddles three horses during the 13-race card at the New Orleans track that features the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships. In...

Willis Keeps Winning in the Family

The Willis family from Oklahoma is having an admirable season training racing American Quarter Horses. Eddie Willis currently is second to Paul Jones on the list of the year's leading trainers by earnings with $2,746,600 and is fifth by wins, with 85. His eldest son, Kevin, 33, has won 14 races and...

Acorn Solid Contender in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

Trainer Janet VanBebber has won three Bank of America Challenge Championships with Tailor Fit, Streakin Sin Tacha and Panther Mountain. Now based in Vinton, Louisiana, she hopes to continue that success with Acorn in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1). The Texas-bred son of...

Veterans in Red Cell Distance Challenge

The “good ol’ boys” Sheet Burns, with 72 career starts, and Vital Winner, with 46 lifetime outs, meet relative youngster Stone E Motion in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge (G1) at 870 yards.
            Maclovio Regalado’s Sheet Burns (Okey Dokey Dale-Shes Alive And Easy by Easy Jet) is a...

Spit Curl Diva Continues Championship Bid

Spit Curl Diva continues her bid for a championship title when she chases her fourth-straight stakes win and second-straight Grade 1 victory in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge (G1) at 400 yards.
            Owned by Lepic-Morgan Partnership, the 4-year-old Spit Curl Diva (Spit Curl Jess-Some...

Haddad-Trained Pair Tough in John Deere Juvie

The Jorge Haddad-trained pair of Giorgino and Gols Money Pop provide the Texas-based trainer a solid one-two punch in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (G2) if they both compete.            Also bred and owned by Haddad, Giorgino (Apollo (TB)-Las Alamitos by First Down Dash) qualified for...