Exquisite Stride Nominated to Challenge

Carters Cartel stallion is late-enrolled into Challenge

Q-Racing Journal

Exquisite Stride is now Challenge eligible. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The 4-year-old Carters Cartel stallion Exquisite Stride has paid the $20,000 aged horse enrollment fee to join the Bank of America Racing Challenge program. It is the second such enrollment in the past week.

The Challenge is the world’s richest program for racing American Quarter Horses, especially offering more opportunity for aged horses. A single, lifetime enrollment allows a horse 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.

Exquisite Stride is owned by David Dunn’s D&S Racing LLC of Richton, Mississippi, and enters his aged campaign off a victory in the $142,198 Evangeline Downs Derby on December 19. He has won four of seven starts in his career and earned $187,630, and notably contested the 440-yard, 2014 All American Futurity (G1), finishing sixth.

The horse might make his first Challenge appearance in the $95,000-added Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2) races, with trials scheduled March 25 and the final April 16; or the $100,000-added Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2), with trials April 30 and the final May 15. A victory in any of the Bank of America Championship Challenge regional races would guarantee the horse a place in the gate of the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course on October 29. A victory in that race offers a berth to the prestigious Champion of Champions (G1) in December.

Exquisite Stride was bred in California by John Andreini. Sire Carters Cartel was the sport’s champion 2-year-old colt in 2007 and has sired the earners of more than $6.1 million. Dam Tinys Lil Jess is a winning daughter of Mr Jess Perry from the immediate family of champion Tiny First Effort, etc.

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

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