DAYTONA B WINS THE GRADE 1 $353,500 BANK OF AMERICA CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY

For Immediate Release
Saturday, November 07, 2015

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Saturday, November 7, 2015) – What an exciting weekend of American Quarter Horse Racing it was at Lone Star Park this weekend! Some of the best of the best equine sprinters on the planet converged on the Grand Prairie track on Friday and Saturday to compete in the 23rd renewal of the Bank of America Challenge Championships. A combined crowd of 8,771 was on hand wagering a total of $332,389 on-track, boosting the total handle to $1,232,289 for the two-day event.

Breaking from the outside post, favorite Daytona B’s powerful effort blew away the field in Saturday’s Grade 1 $353,500 Bank of America Challenge Championship.

Daytona B, with Esgar Ramirez aboard and carrying 126 pounds, ran the 440 yards in 21.263 paying $5.60, $3.80 and $3.20. At 42-1, Eyesa Famous Eagle, 1¾ lengths back, returned $23.60 and $8.00. Another head back was Jake Gold Br, returning $3.20 for show.

This was the third Graded Stakes win and first Grade 1 for Daytona B. The 4-year-old son of First Down Dash won the Grade 3 AQHA Derby Challenge Championship last year at Prairie Meadows and the Grade 2 Sam Houston Challenge Championship earlier this year.  It was a lucrative score netting $161,000 for his owner Gregorio Garcia Garza. Trained by Rolando Almanza, the super sharp sorrel gelding has amassed a bankroll of $472,353 from his eight career wins. He has started in 17 total races.

The Bank of America was the richest of six championship events. Earlier, Cr Tuckernuck took the Grade 1, $125,000 Zoetis Distance Challenge. Careless Lightning won the Grade 2, $151,500 John Deere Juvenile Challenge. Marys Coronitas romped in the Grade 3, $202,000 Adequan Derby Challenge. Sudden Separation won the Grade 1, $126,500 Merial Distaff Challenge. Jess a Rogue won the $75,000 Invitational Bonus Challenge.

 

JESS A ROGUE GAME IN THE INVITATIONAL BONUS CHALLENGE  

Jess a Rogue ($10.40), owned by Triple M Farms and trained by Steven G. Kearl, leaned out at the start, but went on to win the Invitational Bonus Challenge by a half length over Chicks Deville. The Heza Fast Dash filly covered 350 yards in :17.520, which was good for a speed index of 96. This was her fourth stakes win from 5 career wins out of 13 starts. The increase puts her bankroll at $128,073. Lone Star Park’s leading rider of 2014, Rodrigo Vallejo was in the saddle for the score. Favorite Llano Cartel weakened and finished eighth.

 

FAVORITE CR TUCKERNUCK OUTBOBS CJS ROCKSOLID TO SCORE IN ZOETIS DISTANCE CHALLENGE 

Kharlottie Grace Urschel’s Cr Tuckernuck ($4.40) went right to it and landed wide on the outside of a three-way race in front of the rest. Coming out of the turn and into the stretch, the trio was approaching the sixteenth pole when second choice in the wagering Jess Twice Cash gave in, holding on for fourth, and leaving Cr Tuckernuck to get a head in front of second placed Cjs Rocksolid at the line. Painted Josey wasn’t far off throughout and was able to just get up for the show. The 4-year-old gelded son of Jet Black Patriot, crossed the wire in 45.659 seconds for the 870 yard affair. With current Lone Star Park leading rider Ricky Ramirez in the irons, the Oklahoma-bred trained by Stacey L. Capps sports a record of 20-7-1-4, and with a bump of $60,000 for the effort, his earnings are $201,194.

 

STREAK CONTINUES FOR CARELESS LIGHTNING IN JOHN DEERE JUVENILE 

Jesse M. Gibson’s longshot, Careless Lightning ($21.80) was undisturbed by the mayhem around him as he set his sights on the finish line and with a laser-like focus arrived there ½ length before favorite Undivided Atemption. The 2-year-old gelded son of American Runaway could have easily been distracted by others in the race, but was able to shut it all out and complete the 350 yards in :17.610 seconds. Fifth and sixth placed finishers, Pappas in the House and Panther Hero were, after review placed 10th and 11th respectively for interference. Trained by Leon Bard and ridden by veteran Larry D. Payne, the Oklahoma-bred youngster won his fourth race and second graded stakes event. The $69,000 winner’s share jumped his bankroll to $150,219 from six career outs.

 

MARYS CORONITAS MUCH THE BEST IN ADEQUAN DERBY 

Bred, owned and trained by Jorge Luis Mendoza, Marys Coronitas remember was the fastest qualifier for the Dash for Cash Derby earlier this meet, but didn’t get to compete in the final due to injury. Mendoza certainly brought her back to perfect for this. The 3-year-old Oklahoma bred filly by Corona Cartel ($17), came back in a big way winning the Adequan Derby in gate to wire fashion under Juan Francisco Garcia, Jr. She notched her first Graded Stakes victory by ½ a length margin while clocking the 400 yards in 19.603 seconds.  A late closing Political Debut was up for place. Overall, she’s won five of 14 starts and $173,029 thank to the $92,000 first prize.  

 

FAVORITE SUDDEN SEPARATION DOESN’T DISSAPPOINT IN MERIAL DISTAFF 

Duane Murphy’s homebred Sudden Separation ($3.40) increased her win streak to four in a row. Her victory in the Merial Distaff as the odds on favorite was her first Graded Stakes win. After stumbling at the start, the 4-year-old mare by Inseperable, sprinted the 400 yards in :19.655 seconds. She had no problem putting away Visual Magic by ½ a length in the end. James A. Flores rode the Oklahoma-bred for trainer Larry Sharp. She banked $57,500 and improved her record to seven wins and $142,631 from 14 starts.

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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+.

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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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