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Bank of America Los Al Challenge

Trainer Paul Jones is well-stocked in the Bank of America Los Al Challenge.

Q-Racing Journal
August 15, 2014

Los Alamitos

Trainer Paul Jones is well-stocked in the Bank of America Los Al Challenge.

Champion trainer Paul Jones shows the usual depth of his barn in the $71,640 Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge (G3) when he sends out Jess Featureme Quick, Forrest Fire and New Look on Sunday night in the 440-yard stakes at Los Alamitos.

The winner of the Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge earns an invitation to the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows on October 18.

Melissa Miller’s homebred Jess Featureme Quick (Feature Mr Jess-One Quick Cookie by Royal Quick Dash) is the defending winner of the Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge. The 5-year-old veteran gelding scored last year by a half length in what has turned out to be his latest win.    In his most recent start, he was fifth behind Far Niente in the $163,300 Vessels Maturity (G1) on July 6.

Forrest Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Chicks Tell by Chicks Beduino) and New Look (Walk Thru Fire-Make Over by Separatist) are both owned by Martha Wells.

The 7-year-old Forrest Fire steps up in class after two close wins at a shorter distance. The gelding won a $30,000 claiming race by a nose at 330 yards on June 7 and then returned on July 26 to win the $20,000 California Breeders’ Sprint Stakes (R) at 350 yards.

The 5-year-old New Look comes off his best effort from three starts this year. He was third, beaten by one length, in the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders’ Championship (RG1) on July 26.

The Dean Frey-owned and -trained Snowboundbeast (Snowbound (TB)-Going Single by Mr Eye Opener) was second in last November’s $202,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) and comes off a second-place run in the $100,000 Spencer Childers California Breeders’ Championship.

Gentry Farms’ homebred 4-year-old gelding Scatmandu (Scat Daddy (TB)-Fodice by First Down Dash) was a close second, beaten by a head, in the 2013 $901,200 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and was fourth in the $156,200 Los Alamitos Winter Championship in February at Los Alamitos.