THE BANK OF AMERICA CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIPS IS FINALLY HERE!

For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 05, 2015

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Thursday, November 5, 2015) – It’s been a year in the making and it’s finally here! The world’s fastest athletes will be at Lone Star Park this weekend as the Grand Prairie, Texas racetrack plays host to the 23rd Bank of America Challenge Championships. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday with a first race post time of 6:35 p.m. for each night’s 10-race program. Times are (CT).

The traveling Championships for American Quarter Horses – a two-night, million-dollar extravaganza – is often called Quarter Horse racing’s “Super Bowl” with a total of 11 stakes races five of which are Graded Championship races for the sport’s divisions: older horses, females, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, distance horses and claiming horses.

The centerpiece is the Grade 1, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship for 3-year-olds and up at the classic 440-yard distance.

This is the fifth time that Lone Star Park has hosted the Challenge Championships. It was last held locally in 2006 before a crowd of 8,126 where more than $1 million was wagered on-track. Another $1+ million was bet at simulcast locations throughout North America.

All told, 11 stakes races will be run over the two Challenge Championships nights. They are:

Friday, November 6 

Farnam Stakes, $25,000 Guaranteed, 3-Year-Olds & Up, 440 yards  

John Deere Stakes, $25,000 Guaranteed, 3-Year-Olds, 400 yards  

Markel Stakes, $25,000 Guaranteed, 2-Year-Olds, 350 yards  

AQHA Members Plus Stakes, $25,000 Guaranteed, Fillies and Mares, 3-Year-Olds & Up, 400 yards  

Q-Racing Video Stakes, $25,000 Guaranteed, 3-Year-Olds & Up, 870 yards  

  

Saturday, November 7 

Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1)   

$350,000 Guaranteed, 3-Year-Olds & Older, 440 yards  

Adequan Challenge Derby Championship (G1)   

$200,000 Guaranteed, 3-Year-Olds, 400 yards  

John Deere Challenge Juvenile Championship (G2)   

$150,000 Guaranteed, 2-Year-Olds, 350 yards  

Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1)   

$125,000 Guaranteed, Fillies & Mares, 3-Year-Olds & Older, 400 yards  

Zoetis Distance Challenge Championship (G1)   

$125,000 Guaranteed, 3-Year-Olds & Older, 870 yards  

Invitational Bonus Challenge Championship   

$75,000 Guaranteed, 3-Year-Olds & Older, 350 yards  

 

Don’t miss the pre-race handicapping seminars with Track Handicapper Rick Lee and the AQHA Wrangler Racing Aces on both Friday and Saturday. The Racing Aces are Martha Claussen, Denis Blake, John Hernandez and Jonathan Horowitz. They will be on hand this weekend with in-depth analysis of the Challenge Championship races, Twitter updates @HorseRacingAces, free handicapping information, tips sheets etc. and will answer questions for interested fans.

Fans can also enjoy live music and food trucks on both Friday and Saturday night in our Courtyard of Champions.   

Meander through the artwork entered by area school aged children that entered the art contest. All of the art submitted will be on display on the first level of the Grandstand. We will be choosing the winner of the contest tomorrow night as well.

On Saturday our Family Fun Park will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on the Bar & Book lawn.

For seating reservations or additional information call 972-263-RACE.

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Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The 2015 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses and mixed breeds opens Friday, September 18 and concludes on Saturday, November 14. Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday & Saturday at 6:35 p.m.  and Sundays at 1:35 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (October 15, 22 and 29; November 5). The Bank of America Challenge Championships will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7. Post time for both nights will be 6:35 p.m. For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Lone Star Park is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot venue is open to the public 363 days a year.

Global Gaming Solutions, LLC (GGS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation with a primary business focus of pursuing entertainment, gaming and racing related opportunities in emerging jurisdictions in the United States and overseas as well as acquisition of regional gaming and entertainment assets. GGS LLC is the parent company of GG RP, which owns Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK and GG LSP, which owns a significant stake in Lone Star Park. GG LSP is the track operator who owns the license to operate Lone Star Park and leases the property from the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation.

  

 

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