Challenge at Les Bois Park

Les Bois hosts three Challenge races during the weekend.

Q-Racing Journal

A very interesting $70,000 Bank of America Les Bois Championship Challenge – with the three-fastest qualifiers winning their trials in nearly identical times – lead a trio of Racing Challenge Stakes at Les Bois Park on Saturday.

Also on the card is the $22,500 John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge and the $15,000 Merial Les Bois Distaff Challenge. The winner of each race earns a berth in their respective finals during the Bank of American Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows on October 18.

In the three trials to the Bank of America Les Bois Championship Challenge, PF Flyair (Dashair-Pretty N Famous by Pretty Boy Perry) was timed in :21.612, Margaritas N Coronas (Corona Czech-Fly Margarita by Strawfly Special) was clocked in :21.615 and Ill Be A Dasher (Carters Cartel-First Down Dream by First Down Dash) turned in a :21.625 mark.

Tony Greaves’ PF Flyair battled with JR Dynasty Mountain before winning by a neck. The Susan Hadley-trained gelding won three-straight races last year, culminating with a three-quarter-length win in the $30,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Robert Hickman’s Margaritas N Coronas, a $7,500 claim three starts ago, pulled out to a length trial win as the 7-5 favorite for trainer Bret Vickery. The 4-year-old gelding won the $17,677 Les Bois Bonus Challenge in his start before his Bank of America Les Bois Challenge trial.

Owned by RTM Stables LLC and Two The Max Investments LLC, Ill Be A Dasher battled to a head win over odds-on favorite Vodka With Ice in their trial. The gelding was second to Margaritas N Coronas in the Les Bois Bonus Challenge in his previous start.

In the John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge, trainer Mark Hanson has the top-two qualifiers with James First Affair (Ivory James-Fancys First Affair by First Down Dash) and Steinway Ivory (Ivory James-Christie Jo Dash by First Down Dash), who each dominated their trials.

Owned by Robin Dunn, Larry Chapple and RTM Stables, James First Affair pulled away to a 2 3/4-length trial win with a :17.546 time for the 350 yards. It was his second win from three starts. He also won his maiden at first asking at Los Alamitos in April.

Rob Evans and Hanson Racing LLC’s Steinway Ivory is a promising 2-year-old with three wins and a third in the $150,324 Bitterroot Futurity in his latest four starts. He rolled to a 2 1/2 length trial win with the second-fastest time of :17.586.

In the Merial Les Bois Distaff Challenge, Tony Greaves’ Feature Miss Alibi (Feature Mr Jess-Alibi Fame by Dash Ta Fame) raced to her first win from five 2014 outs when she took her trial by one-half length as the 13-10 favorite. Her time of :19.715 for 400 yards topped the two trials.

The Susan Hadley-trained mare has been on the board four times this year with a third-place run in the $28,000 Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge.

Gerardo Prado’s Ms Eaves (Tres Seis-Little Ms Tuff Stuff by Chicks Beduino) battled to a neck win in her trial while recording the second-fastest time of :19.787. She was the winner of the 2012 $58,680 John Deere Les Bois Juvenile Challenge and third in last year’s $44,190 Adequan Les Bois Derby Challenge.

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