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$297K on the line over closing weekend at Wyoming Downs


July 17, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

208 horses to compete in 22 races


If you like full fields racing for big money, you canít go wrong with Wyoming Downs for their closing weekend, July 18 and 19.

Saturdayís feature race is the $80,000 Silver Dollar Futurity, where the fieldís top earner—Auto Rotate—goes for his fourth win in a row. Never the favorite, Auto Rotateís average win mutuel is $20.60 for a $2 ticket.

Also featured on Saturday are four AQHA Challenge races—the Red Cell Northwest Distance Challenge ($17K), Bayer Legend Northwest Derby Challenge ($37K), John Deere Northwest Juvenile Challenge ($41K), and Bank of America Northwest Challenge Championship ($62K).

In the Bank of America Northwest Challenge Championship (G3), Snip N Dale seeks his seventh consecutive win. For the past two years, the 4-year-old Oregon-bred has been nearly impossible to beat in the Northwest, where he has won 13 races, including his last six in a row. He has never finished worse than third in 17 career starts. On Saturday, he goes for the richest victory of his career when he starts in the $62,010 Bank of America Northwest Challenge Championship, a 440-yard race for 3-year-old and older horses. The winner advances to the $350,000-guaranteed Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on October 31.

Snip N Dale, by Okey Dokey Dale, is a homebred racing for Gary Chumbley of Battle Ground, Washington. Scott Raley trains Snip N Dale, whose winning streak includes the $20,600 John Deere Bonus Challenge Stakes in March at Portland Meadows. In July 2008, the gelding ran second behind Decati in the Bayer Legend Northwest Derby Challenge (G3) at Les Bois Park. Decati went on to run third in the All American Derby (G1).

The closing day Sunday card features several stakes races:

  • Nebo Stallion Futurity

  • Don Pedro Dash

  • Wyoming Downs Maiden Derby

  • Silver Dollar Derby

  • Wyoming Downs 550 Championship



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