The Fiscal Cliff Takes Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship

The homebred 4-year-old stallion earns his richest stakes win on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Tom Lepic's The Fiscal Cliff won Saturday's Grade 1, 440-yard Bank of America Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The Fiscal Cliff, a homebred son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon owned by Tom Lepic of Iowa City, Iowa, handled a sloppy and sealed track with skill, as the 4-year-old stallion sprinted to a one-length win in Saturday's $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.

Saddled by Kasey Willis, The Fiscal Cliff went 440 yards in :21.297 and earned a 109 speed index under jockey Benito Baca. In addition to banking the $145,200 winner's share of the purse, the stallion landed a berth in the December 16 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course, the sport's richest and most prestigious race for older horses.

The Fiscal Cliff has won 13 of his 23 starts, including seven of 12 at Prairie Meadows, and he has earned $607,955. The stallion is out of Signs Zoomer, a winning Shazoom mare who was a finalist in the '08 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Futurity (RG2) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.

The Fiscal Clifff has won eight stakes, including the 300-yard, $50,000 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes (G2) at Remington Park in April. Four of his stakes victories have come at Prairie Meadows.

Three Olives N Smoke, a 35-1 longshot, ran second and was followed by 4-5 favorite AJs High, Sky Bo Dash, Fast Man Vic, Flash N Bling, Mr Pyc To You, Mals First Down, Air Force Won, Okeyfreight, Rockin Disco, and Sign Of Corona.

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