2017 Bank of America Challenge Championship Qualifiers
October 14, Prairie Meadows - Altoona, IA
2017 BANK OF AMERICA® RACING CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rules, Regulations & Conditions
1) Rules and Regulations
The owner, lessee or authorized agent represents that he/she and all persons for whom he/she is acting have read and are familiar with rules of racing and the regulations of the governing racing jurisdiction, and the track rules and conditions of the host racing facility. By submitting a signed nomination form for any Racing Challenge race or event, the nominator acknowledges he/she has read and is aware of all rules, payments and due dates, and therefore is duly responsible for all scheduled payments.
2) Eligible American Quarter Horses
All American Quarter Horses registered with the American Quarter Horse Association and enrolled in the Bank of America Quarter Horse Racing Challenge based on the Challenge Championship preference system are eligible.
3) Drug Testing: In October 2015, AQHA announced it would be implementing hair testing for clenbuterol as a condition for entry into the AQHA’s Racing Challenge program, beginning with all Championship races. Such announcement reflected AQHA’s continuing and ongoing efforts to further the safety and welfare of our horses, horsemen and industry, and to assure fairness of competition. Such testing was implemented and successful for the 2016 Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos Race Course, and will be conducted at Prairie Meadows in 2017.
Hair testing will be conducted on the grounds at Prairie Meadows by the Iowa Racing Commission’s state veterinarian, acting as agent for AQHA. The subsequent test results will be a condition of entry into any and all of the Challenge Championship races. Except as stated below, all probable entrants must be on the grounds no later than Sunday, October 1, 2017. Hair samples will be clipped on the morning of Monday, October 2, 2017 and forwarded to the Maddy Laboratory at UC Davis.
AQHA has made accommodations for qualifiers from the regional Merial Distaff Challenge and the Distance Challenge at Lone Star Park, which run on Friday, September 29, 2017: hair testing samples will be taken from the winner, second, or third place horse, according to which horse’s owner or trainer express an interest in nominating to, and competing in the respective Challenge Championship finals on October 14, 2017. This will be done on the grounds at Lone Star Park immediately following the race, or the next morning, as managed by Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber and/or an agent appointed by AQHA. These hair samples will be submitted to the Maddy Laboratory at UC Davis following the customary protocol. Having submitted their hair samples for the described test, the deadline for these regional qualifiers will be extended until October 6, 2017 to be on the grounds at Prairie Meadows. Failure to follow this criteria will deem the horse ineligible to enter their respective Challenge Championship race.
To avoid a positive hair test for clenbuterol, AQHA is recommending a minimum six-month withdrawal time.
A $100 drug testing fee shall accompany all nominations to the Challenge Championships.This fee shall offset the overall expense incurred by AQHA to provide hair testing for these races. This fee will be per horse and per race. For all costs associated with the hair testing not covered by the $100 fee per horse per race, then the remaining expenses may be deducted from the purse for the associated corresponding race.
By entering a horse with a signed nomination form in a Challenge Championship race referenced above, the owner or his/her authorized agent agree to abide by the results of the initial (commonly referred to as the "sample A test") hair testing and voluntarily and irrevocably waive the following rights:
(a) any and all rights to have a secondary or split sample tested;
(b) any and all rights to a hearing (whether formal, informal, by written submission or in-person) to contest the results of the initial test or the resulting Penalty set forth below ("Penalties);
(c) any and all rights to contest, under any circumstances or grounds, the results of the initial test or the resulting Penalty;
(d) any and all rights to challenge the results of the initial test or resulting Penalty, directly or indirectly, before any court or other tribunal; and
(e) by their entry into a Racing Challenge race, all participants irrevocably waive any legal claim
they might have against AQHA, its officers, executive committee members, or its employees arising from or related to the hair testing which is the subject of this paragraph 2.
Penalty: A horse with a positive hair test for clenbuterol pursuant to this section shall be ineligible to enter any Challenge Championship race, Undercard race or any other race that may be conducted during the Challenge Championship event.
Test results will be reported to the AQHA Racing Office and notification of positives will be sent from AQHA to the owner and trainer of the horse.
AQHA will send a list to the racing office of the host racetrack for the specific race(s) to notify them of horses that are eligible/ineligible to enter races based on the results of hair tests or other possible AQHA sanctions that would make a horse ineligible to enter a racing Challenge race.
Signed nomination forms for the Challenge Championships must be received in the AQHA Racing office before the entry will be accepted. Nomination forms are due by September 15, 2017, for all Challenge Championship races. In the event that Regional Challenge races are scheduled to be held after this date, horses that compete in these races must be nominated on the next business day following the final.
By paying any applicable nomination fees and by submitting a race nomination form signed by the owner or authorized agent for a horse to any Challenge Championship race or event, all parties agree to abide by the results of the initial hair testing and waive any rights to have a secondary or split sample tested and the right to any hearings. All parties also agree to abide by the sanctions and penalties established which include the horse with a positive hair test for clenbuterol be ineligible to enter the Challenge Championship.
5) Challenge Championship Preferences: Championship, Derby, Distaff, Distance and Juvenile Divisions
a) For purposes of these preference rules, a horse is ineligible to enter or race in a Challenge Championship if, at the time of entry or at any time prior to post time of the Challenge Championship, the horse remains subject to any action that may result in loss of purse or disqualification in the Regional Challenge final by the racing jurisdiction in which the Regional Challenge final was conducted, including, but not limited to a positive drug test, appeal of stewards’ ruling, etc.
b) Unless ineligible pursuant to Section 4(a), the winning horse in each Regional Challenge final ("Winner") will receive an automatic berth in the Challenge Championship final for that division at the Challenge Championship event. A Winner must have a signed nomination form on file for its respective Championship final and enter for the race at the time of entries at the host track location.
c) If a Winner is ineligible pursuant to Section 4(a) or declines the opportunity to run, the remaining starting position shall be offered to the second-place finishing horse in that Regional Challenge final.
d) If the second-place finishing horse is ineligible pursuant to Section 4(a) or declines the opportunity to run, the remaining starting position shall be offered to the third place-finishing horse in that Regional Challenge Final.
e) If the third place finishing horse is ineligible pursuant to Section 4(a) or declines the opportunity to run, the second-place horses in other Regional Challenge finals will receive preference determined by the most Challenge money earned between January 1, 2017 and the last scheduled Regional final, on September 29, 2017.
f) If second-place horses in other regions are ineligible pursuant to Section 4(a) or decline the opportunity to run, the remaining starting position will be offered to all eligible horses which started in a Regional race for that division. Preference will be given to horses with the most Challenge money earned between January 1, 2017 and the last scheduled Regional final, on September 29, 2017
g) If a horse wins two Regional Challenge finals in the same division (i.e., two Derby races):
i) the horse, subject to Section 4(a), will represent the region in which he/she won first; and
ii) the second place horse, subject to Section 4(a), which remains eligible from the other Regional win, shall represent that region in the Challenge Championship.
h) In the event of a dead heat, the horse with the most Challenge money earned between January 1, 2017 and September 29, 2017 shall be considered the qualifier.
If such qualifier is ineligible pursuant to Section 4(a) or declines the opportunity to run, the remaining starting position shall be offered to the other horse involved in the dead heat in that Regional Challenge final.
If the qualifier pursuant to this subsection accepts the opportunity to run, the other horse involved in the dead heat shall receive preference over second-place horses in all regions. Thereafter, the order of preference shall follow the preference sequence beginning at subsection 4(d) above.
Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G1)
Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3)
John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2)
Boehringer Ingelheim Distaff Challenge Championship (G2)
Distance Challenge Championship (G1)