Challenge Schedule

Bank of America Racing Challenge returns to its full schedule in 2019.

Bank of America Racing Challenge returns to its full schedule in 2019.

The Bank of America Racing Challenge is returning to its full regional challenge schedule in 2019.

In 2018, the Challenge program had an abbreviated schedule allowing for a rebalancing of the program’s financials, but returns to a full schedule in 2019, offering domestic and international regional races and continuing its mission to support and foster racing for American Quarter Horses of all ages.

The regional program will offer 10 races per division, with the normal exception of the Distance division. The Challenge Bonus and Maiden races will not be conducted in 2019.

“We appreciate the horsemen who have continued to support the Bank of America Racing Challenge,” said AQHA Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber. “We are dedicated to continuing to provide great racing opportunities for your horses for many years to come. We are looking forward to great racing all year, and a tremendous year-end party in New Mexico.”

As always, the Bank of America Challenge regional races will culminate in the Bank of America Challenge Championships. In 2019, The Downs at Albuquerque, New Mexico, will host the championship event for the first time. It is scheduled for October 26.

“The Downs at Albuquerque is really excited about this Challenge,” said Paul Blanchard, the track’s chairman of the board. “We are going to make it a full-day event at The Downs, starting in the morning. We will have a lot of events to bring out the public and carry it through night racing, and we’ve added some decent money to this. So we’re excited about this, and we want owners and trainers to know they will be well taken care of at The Downs.” 

Racetracks need to return applications by December 1, 2018, and a tentative schedule will be released in January.

The Bank of America Racing Challenge is a program good for the life of a horse. Horses must be enrolled by December 31. Once enrolled, a horse is eligible to compete in Challenge races throughout its life.

A weanling can be enrolled for $300; a yearling for $600; a 2-year-old (January 1 - March 15) for $2,500 or (March 16 - December 31) for $8,000; and a horse 3 years old and up for $20,000.

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