Last Chance for Challenge Championship Ticket

Final regional races held at Turf Paradise.

October 12, 2012

Horses in three divisions have their final opportunity to earn berths in the Bank of America Challenge Championships when they race in the $60,000 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge (G2), the $20,000 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge and the $17,000 Red Cell Turf Paradise Challenge on Sunday at Turf Paradise.

The winners of each of those races earn the final berths to their respective races during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

The Felix Gonzalez-owned and -trained Pot Ocash (Mr Eye Opener-Corona Cash by First Down Dash) chases his fourth-consecutive win in the Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge and comes off a successful Turf Paradise debut in his September 28 trial. The gelding got off to a slow start in his trial and battled back into contention to win by a neck with the second-fastest qualifying time of :21.603.

Prior to coming to Turf Paradise, Pot Ocash won back-to-back races at Los Alamitos, where the 5-year-old gelding took a conditioned allowance race by a half length on April 15 and then prevailed by a neck to win the $25,000 Independence Day Handicap on July 1.

Nadia Zavala’s Whiskey (Mr Corona Cash-Been Bad N Bac by Splash Bac) raced to his third win from four starts when he stood out with a 3 1/2-length win in the second of three trials on September 28 and his time of :21.554 was the fast-qualifying mark.

Trained by Leonard Espinoza, Whiskey took his trial after a nearly five-month layoff after finishing sixth in the May 4 allowance at SunRay Park. In 2011, he won his November 25 maiden trial and and came back to win the December 10 final at Turf Paradise.

The Cynthia Gonzalez-owned and -trained Jess Like Stoli (Stoli-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) scored a narrow head win in the second of two September 28 trials to establish the fastest-qualifying time to the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge. He was timed in :17.891 for the 350 yards.

Jess Like Stoli broke his maiden with the trial victory, but he has stakes credentials. On June 17 at SunRay, the gelding was a close third-place finisher in the $129,000 Four Corners Futurity (G3) when he was beaten by only a neck.

The Armando Castellanos-owned and -trained Black Storm Regard (Chicks Regard-Miss Quick Houston by Mr Houston) also has a trial win and a stakes resume. She won her trial by a half length with a :17.905 time. In her previous start, the May 4 Desert Classic Futurity (R), she was placed third through a disqualification.

The Gerardo Ochoa-Pena-owned and -trained Prince Bac (Splash Bac-Queen Creek Queen by Bunny Bid) is in sharp form for the Red Cell Turf Paradise Distance Challenge at 870 yards. The veteran 8-year-old gelding comes off a win in the August 19 Special Hank Handicap at The Downs at Albuquerque and was third in the April 1 Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge (G3).