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Les Bois Challenge Recap

Idaho track hosts three Challenge races with more than $100,000 on the line.

July 7, 2012

Idaho’s Les Bois Park hosted three Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes on Friday night that earned the winners a berth in American Quarter Horse racing’s biggest night of action on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

In the $19,980 Red Cell Les Bois Park Distance Challenge, Rene Laatsch’s Yin Your Eyes made a four-wide move around the turn to score by a half-length in :45.159 for 870 yards. Robert Burney rode the Washington-bred gelding by Eye Yin You for trainer Bill Hoburg, who co-bred the winner with D. Canfield.

The victory earned Yin Your Eyes a return trip to the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1), where last year he scored a 16-1 upset at Los Alamitos. This win also pushed his bankroll to $122,026 with a career record of 27-13-2-3. He paid $5.60 as the betting favorite.

John Witte and Merritt Pride’s LFR Simply The Best, who came in off an allowance win at Remington Park, closed late to take second. Lee Markholt’s homebred Lucky Royal Rabbit finished third.

The $58,680 John Deere Les Bois Park Juvenile Challenge featured a 9-1 upset by Ms Eaves, a Texas-bred filly by Tres Seis running for Oscar Jaime Diaz. Ridden by Joe Crispin for trainer Rodney Hyde, Ms Eaves prevailed by a neck with a 350-yard clocking of :17.789. She earned $26,992 for the win, plus a berth in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2).

Ms Eaves, who was bred by Christine Hudson out of the Chicks Beduino mare Little Ms Tuff Stuff, began her career at Sam Houston Race Park, where she finished off the board in a trial for the Sam Houston Futurity (G2). After a two month break, she returned to the races and broke her maiden at Les Bois. She made her third career start in the John Deere trials and finished third with the third-fastest qualifying time.

Im That Right, a Tac It Like A Man gelding owned by Denny and Sandy Weigt, battled with Ms Eaves all the way to the wire and finished a clear second. Favored Dynasty Red, who finished second in the Bitterroot Futurity (RG3) for Lin Melton and Spackman Racing, took third.

The $44,500 Adequan Les Bois Park Derby Challenge went to Jim Walker’s homebred Bux For Cocktail, who broke on top and scored by three-parts of a length in :19.729 for 400 yards. Nikeela Black rode the Idaho-bred daughter of Zoomin For Bux for trainer Monty Arrossa.

Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Bux For Cocktail improved her record to 10-7-1-1 with her richest career win. The filly also won the Intermountain Futurity last year at the Elko County Fair. This win boosted her earnings to $50,498 and earned her a spot in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1).

Fols Jesse was part of the exacta for the sixth consecutive race, as the Mesa Valley Farms LLC-owned son of Jesse James Jr edged out Dean Frey’s Shez Jess Toxic for second. Shez Jess Toxic, who last year won the John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge and then dead-heated to win the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos, had her four-race winning streak snapped with a third-place finish.