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Evergreen Park Challenge Recap

EZ Gamer, RG Tres Effort win Challenge events in Canada.

August 11, 2012

Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie, Alberta, hosted a pair of Bank of America Racing Challenge Stakes on Saturday night.

In the $19,440 Merial Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge, Gary Chumbley’s homebred EZ Gamer, an Oregon-bred mare by Game Patriot, scored by a head with a 400-yard dash in :20.02. Sean Evans rode for trainer John Harris.

This marked the 12th win in 18 career starts for EZ Gamer, whose three previous stakes wins include the Portland Meadows Futurity, Portland Meadows Derby and Firecracker Futurity at Grants Pass. The 4-year-old, who is out of the Georgias Easy mare Easy Verna, has earned $82,061 and has never finished worse than third. This win earned her a berth in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

Bucky and Beverly Stockwell’s Chrysis, who had already won a pair of Bank of America Maiden Challenge races earlier in the year, finished a solid second. Barry and Janice Sather’s Memories N Moments, a winner of a Challenge race at Evergreen Park in each of the past two years, took third.

In the $25,020 John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge, RG Tres Effort scored by three-quarters of a length with rider Sean Evans picking up his second stakes win of the day. The Texas-bred Treis Seis gelding runs for trainer Donalda Cochrane, who co-owns him with Billy Bird and Richard Brown. RG Tres Effort covered 350 yards in :17.93.

RG Tres Effort, who was bred by Jim Reynolds, had finished second in each of his past three starts and he recorded his maiden victory in this race. He earned $12,009 for his effort and a spot in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2).

Dean Frey’s Illthinkaboutit, the fastest qualifier, finished a clear second with SR Rode Tah Glory and Coronas Feathery in a dead heat for third.