'Callas First' Nominated to Challenge

World champion is late-enrolled in Challenge program.

Q-Racing Journal

World champion JRC Callas First has been enrolled in the Challenge.

World champion JRC Callas First has been late-enrolled in the Bank of America Racing Challenge program for a fee of $20,000, and could make his first appearance as early as next month, in the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2) races, with trials March 25 and the final April 16.

JRC Callas First is a 6-year-old gelded son of Winners Award owned by Dana and Brian Stroud of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The gelding has won or placed in 20 of 25 starts, including 12 stakes, and earned $549,931. He is a three-time Grade 1 winner, all at the classic 440-yard distance; which is the distance for the Championship Challenge races.

In fact, the horse has earned 65 percent of his career earnings at 440 yards, with his single biggest paycheck to date coming in last year’s $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Fall Championship.

Bred by J.R. Cass of Gause, Texas, JRC Callas First is trained by Brian Stroud and was the sport’s 2014 world champion, champion aged horse and champion aged gelding. A victory in the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge would guarantee the horse a spot in the gate for the rich and prestigious $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), the top race on Bank of America Challenge Championship night on October 29 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California. That race also offers a berth to Los Alamitos’ Champion of Champions (G1) in December.

The Bank of America Racing Challenge is the world’s richest program for racing American Quarter Horses, and was designed to offer more opportunity for aged horses. Horses must have a single, lifetime enrollment to participate in Challenge races, with weanling enrollment only $300. Horses who participate in the Challenge program run at more than $5 million in purses each year.

To enroll your horse in the Bank of America Racing Challenge program, call 877-222-7223.

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