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Stolis Winner after earnings mark

November 19, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Jerry Windham’s homebred world champion Stolis Winner attempts to secure the all-time earnings record for an American Quarter Horse when he races in tonight’s $350,000 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G1) at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the richest race on the Bank of America Challenge Championship card. Approximate post time for the 4400-yard final, is 9:46 p.m. Central Time. The Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship is the 12th race on tonight’s card.

Stolis Winner (Stoli–Veva Jean, by Runaway Winner) has been chasing Refrigerator’s all-time earnings mark of $2,126,309 throughout 2010 and has pulled to within $7,328 of the record. Stolis Winner has earned $2,118,981 from 21 starts. If he finishes in seventh place or better in the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship, he will become the all-time leading money earner.

Windham and Jim Helzer, the owner of Refrigerator, are each past presidents of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Refrigerator and Stolis Winner both won the All American Futurity (G1) as juveniles to bank the $1 million first-place check. They then each added important Grade 1 wins to move to the top-two positions on the all-time earnings list.

After winning the 1991 All American Futurity, Refrigerator won the next three runnings of the Champion of Champions (G1) and was named the world champion in 1992 and 1993.

The Heath Taylor-trained Stolis Winner earned $1,807,437 of his career total as a 2-year-old in 2008; that vaulted him to seventh place on the all-time earnings list and the chase for Refrigerator’s mark was under way.

The strapping bay was honored as the 2008 world champion, champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old gelding. He is the only horse since 1995 to be world champion as a juvenile.

Stolis Winner has raced with stakes-winning success since his world championship campaign at 2. 

At 3, Stolis Winner stepped up with a win in the Texas Classic Derby (G1) as part of the strongly favored entry. He also raced to a second-place finish in the Dash For Cash Derby (G1) and was eighth in the All American Derby (G1) as the even-odds favorite.

This year, Stolis Winner got off to an impressive start when he won the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1) and earned his berth in the Bank of America Challenge Championship. He has been winless in his three subsequent starts, however has shown his class with a very close second in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1) and a second against Texas-breds in the B.F. Phillips Handicap (RG3).

The Double Bar S Ranch’s homebred Jess You And I (Feature Mr Jess–Gold Daze, by Tolltac) also has championship titles from 2008 when he was named the aged champion and champion aged gelding. He won the Champion of Champions and the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) during his championship season.

Trained this year by Toby Keeton while racing outside of California, Jess You And I won the Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G1) by more than 2 lengths and then narrowly won the Remington Park Invitational (G1) over One Diamond Kitty, recent winner of the New Mexico Classic Cup Championship.

Gerardo Ochoa’s Rylees Boy (Heza Motor Scooter–Pipistrelle, by Rocky Jones) makes his third start off a layoff and has brilliant speed. He started 2010 with a win in the KFOX-FM Handicap (G2) and then scorched 440 yards in :20.786 to win the Bank of America Sunland Park Championship Challenge (G1) over the fast Sunland Park track.

The Gerardo Ochoa-Pena-trained Rylees Boy returned this fall to finish second behind champion Time For A Cigar in the Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge (G3) as the 2-to-5 favorite in his most recent start.

Four horses qualified for the final in TRJ—The Racing Journal territory: Jess A Runner, Time For A Cigar, A Royal Dervish, and Global Exciter.

Jess A Runner (Jess Louisiana Blue–Katiebug Driver, by My Designated Driver) is in sharp form for trainer Jose Ibarra with three straight wins, capped by two stakes wins. The gelding pulled a 9-to-1 upset to take the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge (G2) and then solidified that performance by taking the Two Rivers Stakes (G3) at Prairie Meadows.

Time For A Cigar (Corona Cartel–Time For A Goddess, by Timeto Thinkrich), the 2009 champion 3-year-old gelding, defeated Rylees Boy by 1½ lengths in the Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge for trainer Tony Sedillo. Last year, the gelding won the Ruidoso Derby (G1) and the Sunland Winter Derby (G2) and was second behind champion Inseperable in the Rainbow Derby (G1).

Owned by Mark Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch and Dr. Leonard Blach’s Buena Suerte Equine, Time For A Cigar has the same ownership as 2009 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mine That Bird.

Bob and Scott Giltner’s A Royal Dervish (Royal Miracle Dip–Three Royal Roses, by First Down Dash) takes a step up in class chasing his fifth consecutive win. He earned his trip to Fair Grounds by winning the Bank of America Elko Championship Challenge in his latest start.

Donalda Cochrane’s homebred Global Exciter (Special Leader–Dash The Night Away, by Royal Quick Dash) qualified at Grande Prairie on August 14. The 4-year-old gelding is rounding into form at the right time and appears to relish the distance.