Three Challenge Championship Berths Locked Down Sunday at Turf Paradise

Eyesa Famous Eagle, Mickey Ward, and Apollitical Boogie earn spots in the October 29 Bank of America Challenge Championships

Q-Racing Journal

Three berths to the October 29 Bank of America Challenge Championships were earned Sunday at Turf Paradise.

Cesar J. Dabdoub's Eyesa Famous Eagle parlayed a fast start from his rail post into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's $56,340 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship.

Saddled by Havid Canez and ridden by Emilio Tapia, Eyesa Famous Eagle defeated Jess A Cowboy by one length in :21.087 for 440 yards. In addition to earning the $27,043 winner's share of the purse and a berth in the October 29, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos, the gelded 5-year-old son of One Famous Eagle recorded a 113 speed index and his fifth victory in 25 outs.

Eyesa Famous Eagle was bred in Texas by Burnett Ranches LLC. The gelding has banked $213,022 while racing in Arizona, Iowa, Texas, Florida, and California, and his resume includes a victory in this race last year.

The Midnite Caller ran third, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner. Heat Warning, Specials Gold, Lotta Corona, Block N Tackle, and All Guns Firing completed the order of finish.

Two other runners -- Apollitical Boogie and Mickey Ward -- earned berths in this year's Challenge Championships in California. A homebred gelding by Apollitical Jess ridden by Rodolfo Arvizu for owner Amado de la Riva and trainer Eloy Mendoza, Apollitical Boogie scored a 1 1/2-length win as the even-money favorite in Sunday's $32,310 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge.

Apollitical Boogie covered 350 yards in :17.814 and earned a 92 speed index. The Arizona-bred gelding has won both of his outs and has earned $16,685.

Tres N Candy finished second and was followed by Runaway Preslee, Absolutely Kool, Looken Up, Hoot And Holler, Manofmany Talents, Also A Carver, and Olivia Pope.

Ralph and Carolyn Fales' Mickey Ward, a homebred 5-year-old son of champion FDD Dynasty, led at every call en route to a 3 1/4-length victory in the 870-yard, $19,710 Zoetis Turf Paradise Distance Challenge on Sunday.

Ridden by J. Martin Bourdieu for trainer Matt Fales, Mickey Ward made his trip around the hook in a hand-timed :45.130. The gelding was making his first start in 11 months and winning this stakes for the second consecutive season.

Mickey Ward has won three of his 11 races and has earned $28,725.

Old Troubador, Rare Ed, Mr Fun On The Run, CNC Dream On, and Cruisen completed the order of finish.

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