Pocatello Challenge Races
Pocatello Downs hosted two Bank of America Racing Challenge regional races on Sunday, September 15. Love To Reason BR was much the best in the $25,700 ARC Pocatello Distaff Challenge, and Sables Dashin topped the $48,800 John Deere Pocatello Juvenile Challenge.
Love To Reason BR was ridden by Jesus Canales for trainer Jose Gomez and owner CMH Welding LLC. The 6-year-old mare by Good Reason SA sailed straight to the front and was never headed, covering the 400 yards in :19.834 and notching an impressive 105 speed index.
Duck Dash N Go was second, half a length back, and followed by race favorite Loco Ocho, Royallittlewagon, Estelline, Kissin Kate Barlow and Look Secret.
Love To Reason BR is out of Grade 1 winner Strength In Numbers, and was bred by Benny Rosset. She has won seven of 24 career starts and earned $97,141 while competing mostly in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. She won the 2018 Las Damas Handiap (G3) at Los Alamitos.
Red-hot jockey Nakia Ramirez guided Sables Dashin to win the Juvenile Challenge by three-quarters of a length as the 2-1 favorite.
Ramirez was last year's Challenge champion jockey, and she saw her charge cover the 350 yards in :17.913.
Brilliant Cut Cartel was second, followed by PYC Lovestruck, Mothers Favorite, Tell Tac, Hocks Fast Wagon, RTM Good Enough, Sheza Tacy Gator and Meghans Feature Sign.
Sables Dashin is trained by Mark Hanson and races for RTM Stables LLC, Larry Chapple and Rob Dunn. Bred by Bob Moore Farms, the gelding is by FDD Dynasty and out of the multiple Grade 1-placed runner Painted Sable, a daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon. It is his first career win in six attempts, and boosts his earnings to $25,038.
Both horses earn invitations to the upcoming Bank of America Challenge Championships at the Downs at Albuquerque.
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