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Turf Paradise hosts Challenge regional races this weekend


October 15, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

This Sunday, October 18, the Bank of America Racing Challenge, the American Quarter Horse Association's purse and bonus awards program for racing American Quarter Horses, holds its final regional competition of the year. Turf Paradise plays host to the $84,510 Bank of America West/Southwest Championship Challenge (G3) and the $34,380 John Deere West/Southwest Juvenile Challenge. The winning horses advance to their respective championship races at the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 31 at Los Alamitos.

The fastest qualifier to the West/Southwest Championship Challenge is Rylees Boy, a 4-year-old Arizona-bred gelding by Heza Motor Scooter who has won four consecutive races. Owned and trained by Gerardo Ochoa-Pena of Laveen, Arizona, Rylees Boy has won eight of his nine most recent races.

The field for the West/Southwest Championship Challenge, in post position order with jockeys, is: Zoomin Fool, Guillermo Suarez; Prevailing Style, Elias Gutierrez; WR Okie Smoker, Carlos Marquez; Rylees Boy, Joe Ruiz; Catchinon, Scott Stevens; Whata Eye Opener, Jerry Remer; Willie Swings, Ramon Sanchez; Blazen Mama, Rick Oliver; Panther Rio, Felipe Garcia-Luna; and Pistoli, Vince Guerra. All starters carry 122 pounds.

The West/Southwest Championship Challenge is the third race on Sunday. Post time for the race is 1:26 p.m. local time (2:26 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time).

The West/Southwest Juvenile Challenge is the second race on Sunday with a post time of 12:59 p.m. local time (1:59 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time).

The field for the West/Southwest Juvenile Challenge, in post position order with jockeys, is: Chasin Savanna B, Cameron Colledge; Pacifico Breeze, Alex Bautista; Atwinkleinhereyes, Felipe Garcia-Luna; Threetimesthecorona, Oscar Rincon; fastest qualifier Regal Rockn, Vince Guerra; Lettanokeysign, David Reyes-Frisby; Madam Daba Dabadu, Carlos Marquez; SFR Mary Louise, Ry Eikleberry; Montana Cartel, Miguel Hernandez; and Fly Thru Fire, Ramon Sanchez. All starters carry 120 pounds.

The Bank of America Racing Challenge was created to provide more racing opportunities for older horses. To date, the program has disbursed more than $52 million in purses and bonus awards. Of that amount, more than half has been contributed by AQHA corporate partners and participating tracks. Corporate partners include Bank of America, Bayer Animal Health, Red Cell, Merial, Fort Dodge, Nutrena, John Deere, The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal and AQHRJ Online, Farnan Companies and Wrangler.