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Stolis Winner 5-2 Morning Line Favorite for Friday's Challenge Championship

Stolis Winner, the 4-year-old Texas-bred gelding likely to become the richest Quarter Horse in history with his next start, drew post position No. 3 and was installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Friday night’s Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship. Set to go as Race 12 of a 13-race all-stakes program, the 440-yard heat for older horses is the centerpiece of the Challenge Championships, hosted for the first time this year at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

The Friday night program will feature 13 stakes races in all, with purses worth more than $1.1 million. First post is 5 p.m. CST. All 13 races will be shown live nationally on HRTV, which will broadcast from the Fair Grounds paddock with hosts Gary Stevens and Jon White.

The Challenge Championships also mark the return of Starlight Racing, the upscale night racing experience with live music, DJs and drink specials. Headlining Friday’s entertainment is country rock band Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, scheduled to hit the Clubhouse bandstand at 6 p.m.

Stolis Winner will become the all-time leading earner amongst Quarter Horses with a seventh-place finish or better in Friday’s Grade I, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship, set for 9:46 p.m. CST. He’ll face a deep field of top older horses from throughout the Quarter Horse world. The 11 entrants were bred in six states – Arizona, California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington – as well as three countries – Brazil, Canada and the United States.

Following is a complete rundown of post positions and morning line odds for the six Challenge Championship stakes.

The Grade 1, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (3-year-olds and up, at 440 yards, the winner gets an automatic berth into next month’s Grade I Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos)

1.    A Royal Dervish (12-1)
2.    XO Kate (12-1)
3.    Stolis Winner (5-2)
4.    Jess A Runner (6-1)
5.    Splash To Paradise (30-1)
6.    Illegal Memories (12-1)
7.    Global Exciter (20-1)
8.    Rylees Boy (6-1)
9.    Jess You And I (7-2)
10.    Feature Jess Rockin (8-1)
11.    Time For A Cigar (8-1)

The Grade 1, $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge (for 3-year-olds at 400 yards)

1.    An Ocean Rocket (12-1)
2.    Rebas Corona (8-1)
3.    Call Me Fisher (6-1)
4.    Summit Bid (10-1)
5.    Secret Battleground (8-1)
6.    Jess Navigating (15-1)
7.    Patriots Glory (15-1)
8.    Diamond For Jess (5-2)
9.    Memories N Moments (30-1)
10.    Does Seis (20-1)
11.    Acorn (3-1)

The Grade 2, $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (for 2-year-olds at 350 yards)

1.    Gossipaboutthis (20-1)
2.    Unknown Source (10-1)
3.    Howdoyalikemesofar (20-1)
4.    Fast Movin Vic (4-1)
5.    Feature My Lover B (10-1)
6.    Lajolla Famosa (3-1)
7.    A Plain Brown Rapper (8-1)
8.    Gols Honey Money Pop (6-1)
9.    Mystical Ocean B (10-1)
10.    Loose Perry (9-2)

The Grade 1, $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge (3-year-olds and up at 870 yards)

1.    Bad Act (10-1)
2.    Ride Em Cowboys (10-1)
3.    De Passem Okey (3-1)
4.    Bonified Man (12-1)
5.    Apollo Rocks (12-1)
6.    Sheet Burns (5-2)
7.    Mountain Man (12-1)
8.    Stone E Motion (2-1)

The Grade 1, $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge (fillies and mares, 3 and up, at 400 yards)

1.    Splendifferous (10-1)
2.    La Jolla Suspect (20-1)
3.    Jesstifiably Stoli (7-2)
4.    Beautiful Ashlee (20-1)
5.    Little Surfer (8-1)
6.    Sheza Bad Habit (4-1)
7.    Spit Curl Diva (5-2)
8.    Silk Mountain (6-1)
9.    Tisa Dream Runne (12-1)
10.    Believers Gathering (12-1)

The $75,000 Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge (for 3-year-olds and up at 350 yards, restricted to horses that started for a claiming price of $5,000 or less in the past 12 months)

1.    Big Bad Mike (5-1)
2.    Opalesce (20-1)
3.    SC Captivator (10-1)
4.    Dashin Spirit 123 (15-1)
5.    Snow Patrol (3-1)
6.    Classy Runaway Form (6-1)
7.    SFR Mary Louise (12-1)
8.    American Red Hot (12-1)
9.    Corona Perks (15-1)
10.    A Spring Snow (2-1)

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