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Wyoming Downs lands AQHA Northwest Challenge races

June 11, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Citing the absence of pending negotiations that would result in horse racing at Les Bois Park in July, the AQHA has announced that the four AQHA Northwest Challenge races historically hosted by Les Bois Park would be run at Wyoming Downs.

"The original 2009 race meet at Wyoming Downs was scheduled for 16 days," said Darrell Hare, AQHA Director of Racing Challenge. "However, the owners of Wyoming Downs refused to run the full 16 days and threatened to cancel the entire meet. It was during this stage of the negotiations that Racing Challenge management decided to relocate the Southwest Challenge races from Wyoming Downs to Arapahoe Park. Recently, an agreement was reached between Wyoming Downs owners and the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission to conduct an 8-day meet in 2009. Consequently, the decision to run the Northwest Challenge races at Wyoming Downs was made."

Hare also addressed concerns that horsemen might have about the change. "In the event that you are unable or unwilling to compete in these rescheduled Challenge races, and have made both the nomination and sustaining payments, you may request a full refund by calling 877-222-7223 on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2009."

The AQHA also released a fact sheet, the contents of which appear here:

Rescheduled Northwest Regional Challenge races

Les Bois Park, Boise, Idaho, to Wyoming Downs, Evanston, Wyoming


Friday July 3 (entry deadline Tuesday, June 30):

  • Bank of America Northwest Challenge Championship (if needed)

  • Bayer Legend Northwest Derby Challenge

Saturday July 4 (entry deadline Wednesday, July 1):

  • John Deere Northwest Juvenile Challenge

Note: All trial purses will have $1,500 added.


Saturday, July 18

  • Bank of America Northwest Challenge Championship ($57,000 added)

  • Bayer Legend Northwest Derby Challenge ($25,000 added)

  • John Deere Northwest Juvenile Challenge ($20,000 added)

  • Red Cell Northwest Distance Challenge ($12,500 added)

Wyoming Downs contact information:
Fred Davis, Race Secretary & Stall Manager
Phone: (866) 681-7223 or (307) 789-0511

Bank of America Racing Challenge Hotline: (877) 222-7223