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National champions’ talents on display tonight at Les Bois Park


July 6, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

More than $160K on the line in seven stakes races

The AQHA Challenge Championships roll into Les Bois Park tonight, Friday, June 6, with three Challenge Championship stakes, an AQHA Bonus Challenge Race, and two “consolation” Challenges, worth a total of $152,760 in purses.

An $11,500 Thoroughbred stakes race makes a total of seven stakes on the card.

Two horses who won the national Challenge Championship races at Los Alamitos last year—Shez Jess Toxic and Yin Your Eyes—are trying to qualify this year’s Championships, which will be held at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

Yin Your Eyes qualified for the Red Cell 870 Challenge at Sandy Downs in Idaho Falls last year and went on to become National Champion at Los Alamitos at odds of 16-to-1. He’s 2-to-1 on the morning line for tonight’s race and could see significant competition from recent winners Much Authority (20-to-1) and Lfr Simply The Best (3-to-1).

The Red Cell 870 Challenge is the 8th race on tonight’s card, at approximately 8:25.

Shez Jess Toxic won her Championship in the Juvenile last year as a 2-year-old and goes for the $44,550 Adequan Derby Challenge this year. She’s won four in a row, which include setting two track records in Canada. The morning-line 2-to-1 favorite should be challenged by Bux For Cocktail, who has a three-win streak herself, and is a perfect 3-for-3 on the Les Bois Park surface.

The Adequan Derby Challenge, contested at 400 yards, is the 10th race on tonight’s card, at approximately 9:15.

The other stakes races tonight at Les Bois Park:
Race #3, 6:20 p.m.: $9K John Deere Juvenile Challenge consolation, 2YO, 350 yards
Race #5, 7:10 p.m.: $9K Adequan Derby Challenge consolation, 3YO, 400 yards
Race #6, 7:35 p.m.: $11K Les Bois Park Bonus Challenge, 3YO+, 400 yards
Race #7, 8:00 p.m.: $11K Idaho Equine Hospital-Chris Christian Thoroughbred Futurity, 2YO, 5 furlongs
Race #9, 8:50 p.m.: $58K John Deere Juvenile Futurity Challenge, 2YO, 350 yards