Jess A Cowboy Upsets Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship

The 440-yard, $60,480 stakes was one of three regional Challenge races run on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

A 10-1 longshot in a full field of 10, Jess A Cowboy won Sunday's Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship.

Jess A Cowboy, a homebred 5-year-old son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Dejon and the ninth-fastest qualifier, sprinted to a neck victory in Sunday's $60,480 Bank of America Turf Paradise Challenge Championship.

Ridden by Vince Guerra, Jess A Cowboy covered 440 yards in :21.678 and earned a 101 speed index against a reported 6-mph head wind. Matt Fales prepped the sorrel gelding for owner Larry Stark.

Jess A Cowboy was bred in Arizona, and he made his season debut with a fourth-place finish in his trial on April 8. The gelding has won seven of 21 starts, including five official stakes, and the $27,820 winner's share of the purse bumped his bankroll to $142,511.

Jess A Cowboy earned a starting berth in the 440-yard, $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows on October 14.

Heat Warning, Roman Soldier Cd, Ebw Catalyst, May Be Fantastic Sa, Justified, fastest qualifier Nucky, Quick Dynasty, Luv On The Run, and Specials Gold completed the order of finish.

John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge
A quick start from her rail post helped second-fastest qualifier Cowgirl N Up score a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $34,380 John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge.

Racing for Ralph and Carolyn Fales and prepped by their son Matt Fales, Cowgirl N Up defeated fastest qualifier and 8-5 favorite Famous Joker by one length in :17.839. J. Martin Bourdieu rode the homebred daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Texas Icon.

Cowgirl N Up made her debut with a three-quarter length victory in the last of three trials on April 8. The bay filly has won both of her outs, and the $15,815 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score increased her earnings to $17,601.

Cowgirl N Up landed a berth in the October 14, $130,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows.

Arrow Of Cupid ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Cowgirl N Up, and was followed by Dig Deeper, Kr American Pi, Stay All Nite, Hw Double Down Perry, Pure Ivory, Tribal Dash Princess, and Looker Over.

AQHA Turf Paradise Distance Challenge
J. Martin Bourdieu rode Mickey Ward to a clear 5 1/4-length victory in Sunday's $20,340 AQHA Turf Paradise Distance Challenge.

Trained by Matt Fales for owners Ralph and Carolyn Fales, Mickey Ward covered 870 yards in :44.771 and recorded a 101 speed index. In addition to banking the $9,967 winner's share of the purse, the homebred 6-year-old Fdd Dynasty gelding earned a berth in the October 14 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.

Mickey Ward was stretching out in distance off of his wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in a 550-yard, $11,325 allowance race at Los Alamitos on February 25. The sorrel gelding has won five of 17 races and has earned $59,542, and he has won this race the last three years.

Executive Trust, the 11-10 favorite, ran second and was followed by Rare Ed, A Tidal Delight, Fighter Gone Wild, Easee Ryder, and Yn Shagouti.

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