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Stellar long weekend of racing at Elko County Fair

More than $200K in purses in big Labor Day racing

September 3, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Elko County Fair in Elko, Nevada, will host the $63,180 Bank of America Elko Championship Challenge on September 6. This is the first time the race has been held at the racetrack.

The winner of the race will receive an invitation to the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) on November 19 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Among the horses nominated for the Bank of America Elko Championship Challenge is Grade 1 winner Heza Secret Diamond. Owned by Edgar Hibbard, the 8-year-old gelding by First Down Express has earned $231,897.

"We are extremely pleased to be running two regional Challenge races at Elko County Fair for the first time this year," said director of the Racing Challenge Darrell Hare. "The Elko County Fair has a long and rich history of horse racing. The addition of these Challenge races, with the excellent quality of horses that will be competing for the huge purses and an invitation to the Challenge championships at Fair Grounds, will complement an already successful race meet. The horsemen in the Intermountain area are very strong supporters of the Challenge program and this new location for Challenge races has been very well received by them."

The full field for the Bank of America Elko Challenge Championship
 Post Horse                Jockey      Trainer     Odds
1 Vodka With Ice Garcia Romero 9-to-2
2 A Royal Dervish Jerman Calton 9-to-5
3 Sheza Bad Habit Greene Vickery 5-to-2
4 Bf Eyeinthesky Dominguez Gonzalez 8-to-1
5 Captains Road Vicchrilli Vickery 5-to-1
6 Bcr Strawflyin Doll Luna Romero 15-to-1
7 Axel Bentley House Walker 10-to-1
8 Divine Destiny Guzman Child 6-to-1
9 Jess Got Easier Crane Vickery 4-to-1
10 Heza Secret Diamond Chance Udy 8-to-1

The track will also host the $12,150 Pfizer Elko County Starter Allowance Challenge as the first race of the day.

In addition to the AQHA races, Elko County Fair also hosts the $50,000 Elko Intermountain Quarter Horse Futurity and the $30,000 Elko Quarter Horse Derby.

On the Thoroughbred side are the $18,000 Elko County Thoroughbred Derby and the $24,000 Elko County Thoroughbred Futurity.

In the Derby, Stuart Pope's Hot Fusion goes for a rare double, having won last year's Elko County Thoroughbred Futurity. Hot Fusion is undefeated at Elko, having won last year's Futurity trial and final and this year's Derby trial on August 27. The Marino Marini colt faces Meet Me At Wilsons, the Emerald Downs invader who won the other Derby trial race.

The Futurity features horses who ran in the Idaho Cup Futurity on August 14, including the winner, Memo To Mya; the runner-up, Teki Tail; and the show horse, Jokiers Appeal. Stuart Pope's Silver Sensation, one of the winners from two Futurity trials held on August 27, has been installed as the 2-to-1 favorite.