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Rylees Boy Leads Championship Race

Champion looks to notch a victory in fourth Championship.

Q-Racing Journal
October 24, 2012

The Bank of America Challenge Championships take center stage on October 27 at Prairie Meadows. On Saturday, the Altoona, Iowa, racetrack plays host to a full card of 11 Challenge races. These include the six headlining championship events, as well as five undercard races, with purses for the evening totaling more than $1.1 million. First post is at 7 p.m. The races can be watched live at www.qracingvideo.com, with complete coverage at www.aqharacing.com.

The $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) is the headlining event of the night and goes off as the 10th race on the card, with post time at 10:45 p.m.

Champion Rylees Boy has been installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite. All-time leading trainer Paul Jones has training duties on the 7-year-old son of Heza Motor Scooter who is enjoying his fourth consecutive trip to the Challenge Championships. Rylees Boy (Heza Motor Scooter-Pipistrelle by Rocky Jones) will break from post 9 under the handling of Ramon Sanchez. In 2009, Rylees Boy was third and in 2010 and 2011 he finished second in this race. The reigning champion aged gelding races for Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez of Surprise, Arizona.

Rylees Boy’s stablemate is 4-year-old Dash Glory Ease (Holland Ease-Medvedev (TB) by Minstrel Glory), who makes his United States debut for breeder Haras Fazenda Bela Ltd of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He will win the frequent flyer award, as he has been flown in from Brazil, where February he won the Bank of America South American Championship Challenge.

Three-time Grade 1 winner Llano Teller (Teller Cartel-Annie Eye Over by Mr Eye Opener) is also set to contest the race. An earner of $1,687,347, Llano Teller races for breeder Terry Wootan’s Wootan Racing of Llano, Texas, in partnership with Reed Land & Cattle Co. This year, Llano Teller was second to world champion Cold Cash 123 in the Leo Stakes (G1), then won the Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2). He was third in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1), and in September was second to Jorge Gonzalez’s Ethics Aside (Mr Jess Perry-Daring Difference by Victory Dash) in the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge.

Jorge Haddad’s homebred Giorgino (Apollo (TB)-Las Alamitos by First Down Dash) won three stakes as a juvenile and is still a dangerous stakes horse as a 4-year-old. The stallion has made three starts this fall at Prairie Meadows, with a second in the October 6 Prairie Meadows Bonus Challenge and a third in the August 18 Keokuk Stakes (G3).

A Royal Dervish (Royal Miracle Dip-Three Royal Roses by First Down Dash) will contest his second consecutive Bank of America Challenge Championship. Racing for Scott and Bob Giltner of Jerome, Idaho, he has won three of six starts this year, including the Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge, and in his most recent start was second in the Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Walter "Dick" Harrison's homebred Fearles Fred, with Freddie Martinez aboard, enters the race off a 1 1/4 length victory in the 440-yard Battle of the Breeds Stakes at Fort Erie in Ontario. Fearles Fred (Fredricksburg-Precious Debutante by Heza Fast Man) has won 15 of 30 career starts, including nine stakes, and earned $245,135.

Richard and Geneveve Herrman's homebred Patriots Glory (Game Patriot-Daisy N Eye by Mr Eye Opener) earned the final qualifying berth to the race with the Bank of America Turf Paradise Championship Challenge on October 14. The 5-year-old gelding has raced almost exclusively in Colorado and New Mexico. The exceptions are a third place finish in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) in 2010, and the two most recent races at Turf Paradise.

Leticia Jaquez's A Spring Snow (This Snow Is Royal-Lexines Legacy by Special Effort) has won or placed in four of seven starts this year and has been campaigned exclusively in New Mexico. In his most recent start, he contested the James Issac Hobbs Stakes (G2) at Zia Park. Prior to that, he won the 350-yard O B Cockerell Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths.

The complete field in post position order, from the inside out, including jockey and morning line odds:

A Spring Snow, Tony Guymon, 6-1
Dash Glory Ease, Cesar DeAlba, 10-1
Giorgino, Agustin Silva, 15-1
Llano Teller, G.R. Carter Jr., 9-2
Fearles Fred, Freddie Martinez, 12-1
Fast Fifty, Mark Luark, 15-1
Patriots Glory, Elliot Bachicha Jr., 8-1
Kool Country Man, Alfonso Lujan, 20-1
Rylees Boy, Ramon Sanchez, 7-2
A Royal Dervish, Never Marin, 6-1
Ethics Aside, Oscar Delgado, 10-1