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Vodka With Ice Leads Les Bois Challenge Winners

Jess Curl My Prize, Tarry also earned berths in the Challenge Championships.
August 9, 2014

Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, held three Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes on Saturday with each winner earning a berth in the respective championship race at Prairie Meadows.

Vodka With Ice, winner of the 2013 Bank of American Challenge Championship (G1), earned a return invite to the 2014 edition of the $350,000 race with a one-length win in the $81,985 Bank of America Les Bois Championship Challenge.

Under jockey Cesar DeAlba, Vodka With Ice broke best then won handily while completing the 440-yard course in a quick :21.234 seconds, a 116 speed index. The $37,715 winner's purse swelled the Stoli 9-year-old's earnings to $418,673.

Leading trainer Monty Arrossa saddled the gelding to his 14th career win for owner Gerardo Prado. Michael Pohl bred Vodka With Ice in Texas from the Extra Easy mare Hips So Fine. His record stands at 54-14-9-5.

Margaritas N Coronas put in a solid effort under jockey Berkley Packer to finish second for owner Robert Hickman. Bret Vickery conditions the Corona Czech 4-year-old out of Fly Margarita, by Strawfly Special. Gregory and Renee Hickman bred the multiple stakes winner in Washington. Margaritas N Coronas earned $16,398.

Fastest qualifier Pf Flyair took a wide path from the 10-hole under jockey Jordon Hadley to end up in the show spot. Susan Hadley saddled the Dashair gelding for owner/breeder Tony Greaves. The Utah-bred is from the Pretty Boy Perry mare Pretty N Famous. He picked up $8,199 for the effort.

Lil Bitts A Dash, Dewey Cox, JR Dynasty Mountain, KR Streakin Version, SW Count On Me and Ill Be A Dasher completed the field.

Bouncing off a second-place effort in the trials, Jess Curl My Prize raced to her sixth win in seven starts and earned her third stakes victory this season following a nose win over James First Affair in the $48,056 John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge. Steinway Ivory was another nose back in the show position.

The filly also garnered a starting spot in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows.

Regular rider Nikeela Black got Jess Curl My Prize up in the final jump while competing the 350 yards in a quick :17.234 seconds. The race was so close that the top three finishers were each awarded a 104 speed index for the effort.

Sandy and Denny Weigt's Jess Curl My Prize picked up $22,107 for the victory and pushed her earnings mark to nearly $106,000 on the season. Leading trainer Monty Arrossa saddled the Weetona Stanley Oklahoma-bred daughter of Spit Curl Jess from the Oak Tree Special mare First Prize Joy.

The Weigt's purchased the brown filly at the September Heritage Place Yearling Sale for $20,500. She won the Bitterroot Futurity (R) and the Knight Transportation Futurity earlier this season at Les Bois Park.

Trainer Mark Hanson saddled James First Affair for owners Robin Dunn, Larry Chapple and RTM Stables. Cody Jensen rode the Ivory James colt out of Fancys First Affair, by First Down Dash. Bred in Oklahoma by Tom Bradbury and Kim Kessinger, James First Affair earned $9,612.

Steinway Ivory, also by Ivory James, races for Rob Evans and Hanson Racing LLC. Also trained by Mark Hanson, the gelding out of Christie Jo Dash, by First Down Dash, was ridden by Cody Wainscott. Blane Bateman bred the bay in Utah. He picked up $4,806 for the effort.

James And Company, Bigtime Carter, As Needed, Hiko Hellion, Zoomin For Kash, Minya and Dee Zired completed the field.

Tarry surprised at $19.80 when she recovered from an awkward break to defeat Ivory Bell by a neck in the $26,817 Merial Les Bois Distaff Challenge. Betrothen was another neck back in third.

The TR Dasher filly earned $12,337 for the win and picked up an invite to the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) on October 18 at Prairie Meadows.

Jarrett Mills saddled the sorrel miss for owner Don Knopp. Ridden by Berkley Packer, she completed the 400 yards in :19.638 seconds, a 99 speed index. Edward C. Allred bred Tarry in California from the Separatist mare Abide. She has won two of 15 starts and earned $26,012.

Monty Arrossa saddled homebred Ivory Bell for The Running A LLC. Nikeela Black had the riding assignment aboard the Ivory James 3-year-old out of Flash N Meter, by Meter Me Gone. She earned $5,364.

Betrothen, a California-bred daughter of Walk Thru Fire, races for RTM Stables LLC. Mark Hanson conditions with Cody Jensen getting the riding call. Ricky and Melinda Overly bred the brown miss from the Rare Bar mare Fly Jo Lady. She picked up $2,682 for the effort.

Completing the field were Feature Miss Alibi, Ms Eaves, Miss Money Hawk, Aloha Sweetheart, Blaze To Victory, Hadleys Choice and Righteous Look.

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