2015 Challenge Leaders
Four horsemen earn year-end Challenge awards.
By Andrea Caudill | November 6, 2015
The Bank of America Racing Challenge is a yearlong process for many horsemen, with regional races sprinkled throughout the year and all over the country. Its greatest supporters are rewarded not only by cash and prizes on the track but also with cumulative year-end honors.
Each year, the Racing Challenge honors the program’s leading owner, breeder, trainer and jockey as earned by points for finishes in regional Challenge races. This year saw four great supporters receiving some great prizes.
Dean Frey is a familiar name in the Challenge program. The 2013 leading owner and leading trainer was also the 2014 leading owner, and he repeats again in a close finish as the John Deere Champion Owner. Frey won by just one point over RTM Stables LLC. As such, Frey adds a John Deere Gator utility vehicle and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths to his collection.
For the second consecutive year, champion breeder Bobby Cox is the Nutrena Champion Breeder, with 129 points to Dr. Steve Burns’ 82 points. For earning the honor, Cox receives $5,000 cash, three tons of Nutrena feed and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths. In the Challenge Championships, Cox’s breeding program will be represented by the likes of Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) contender Political Debut and John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) contender Careless Lightning.
This year’s champion trainer and champion jockey categories were blow outs for the respective winners, James Hanson and Eddie Aceves. The two teamed up to win five regional races with four different horses, not counting additional placings. They lead their categories by double or nearly double their nearest rivals.
Hanson and Aceves teamed to win on August 8 the Bank of America Les Bois Challenge with Sign Of Corona, the John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge with Pappas In The House and the Merial Les Bois Distaff Challenge with Betrothen. They also won the July 29 Adequan Les Bois Derby Challenge and the September 13 Merial Sandy Downs Distaff Challenge, again with Betrothen.
As the champion trainer, Hanson receives $5,000 cash, Farnam product and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths. Aceves as the Wrangler Champion Jockey receives $2,000 cash and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths.
See the complete list of Challenge leaders.
The Bank of America Challenge Championships are November 7 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Stay tuned to complete coverage from the Q-Racing Journal at www.aqharacing.com.
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