Racing Aces at Challenge Championships

Aces Jen Perkins, Martha Claussen at Prairie Meadows.

Q-Racing Journal

Get handicapping help from the Q-Racing Aces while at Prairie Meadows.

Jen Perkins and Martha Claussen will join the Bank of America Challenge Championships festivities at Prairie Meadows on Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18, on behalf of the Q-Racing Aces, a fan education program initiated by AQHA. Since 2010, the Racing Aces have traveled to racetracks across the country to promote the sport, provide fan education services and create excitement for "America's Fastest Athletes".

On both days, Perkins and Claussen will offer complimentary tip sheets and handicapping materials to fans at Prairie Meadows at their table near Hop's Lounge on the main floor of the grandstand. They will have free wagering information, courtesy of the AQHA and be available to answer any questions on American Quarter Horse racing. From explaining speed figures to American Quarter Horse pedigree statistics, the Racing Aces are there to help the fans get a better understanding of the sport. In addition to teaching the basics to new patrons, the Racing Aces are also able to assist Thoroughbred handicappers in understanding the nuances of American Quarter Horse racing and bridging the gap between the two breeds of racehorses.

Claussen visited Prairie Meadows on September 13, the night of the Iowa regional Bank of America Challenge Championships and looks forward to an exceptional weekend of racing.

"Everyone at Prairie Meadows and the Iowa Quarter Horse Association is so excited to host this national racing event for the second time,” said Claussen. “They have worked very hard to promote the Bank of America Challenge Championships and to attract new racing fans. Jen and I will gladly explain the basics and how to read the program. We love it when we can help fans pick a winner and hear them say they can't wait to come back to learn more about handicapping American Quarter Horse racing."

The Racing Aces will join John Hernandez, Prairie Meadows handicapper and paddock host, on his pre-race handicapping show on Friday and Saturday. They will also offer their analysis and insights in paddock previews for both nights of exciting stakes action.

For more information on live racing, handicapping or future Racing Ace appearances, visit the American Quarter Horse Association website at or follow the Aces on Twitter: @HorseRacingAces.

The Bank of America Challenge Championships are October 18 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. Stay tuned to complete coverage from the Q-Racing Journal at

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