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Challenge Championships return to Los Alamitos


October 24, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Southern California track set to host event for the ninth time.

The Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships return to Los Alamitos Race Course this Saturday, October 29. The event is the richest and most successful program in American Quarter Horse racing today, a championship series developed for the "World's Fastest Horse." The Bank of America Racing Challenge program provides more racing opportunities and larger purses for older American Quarter Horses than any other program throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.

This is the ninth time since 1993 that Los Alamitos has served as host to the Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships. The Southern California racetrack has established itself as a leader in its support of Quarter Horse racing, offering year-round live racing with a record four stakes worth $1 million or more. Total purses in 2011 will exceed $20 million.

Owners, breeders, trainers, and jockeys from across the country will travel to Los Alamitos this week for the Racing Challenge and the AQHA Racing Conference. In addition to the lovely fall weather, kind racing surface and full cooperation of everyone in the stable area, they will be greeted by the track's owner, Dr. Ed Allred, under whose leadership Los Alamitos Race Course has enjoyed tremendous growth.

“Los Alamitos Race Course is happy to welcome back the Bank of America Challenge Championships," said Allred. "It is always wonderful to see people from all over the country get together for a night of Quarter Horse racing. It is an honor to open up Los Alamitos Race Course for our fellow Quarter Horse owners and breeders. We are all looking forward to an exciting night of racing.”

The last time the Racing Challenge visited Los Alamitos—2009— fans were treated to an evening of thrilling finishes and record-setting performances. New stakes records were posted by Fighter On Fire in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), Saturday Nite Fever in the $200,000 Bayer Legend Derby Challenge Championship (G1), and Stylish Jess BR in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1)..

In addition to Los Alamitos, the other tracks that have served as hosts are Sunland Park, Turf Paradise, Retama Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Evangeline Downs, Lone Star Park, and Fair Grounds.