Q-Racing Blog: Albuquerque Bound?

Q-Racing Blog: Albuquerque Bound?

The Bank of America Racing Challenge provides a way for even small breeders to make it big.

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By Ty Wyant

The Jamison family of Preston, Idaho, tries to take the big step to the $250,000-est. Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) when their JT Easy Bug starts as the fastest qualifier to the $53,202 Bank of America Pocatello Downs Challenge on July 31.

The winner receives an invitation to the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 24 at The Downs at Albuquerque. If JT Easy Bug picks up that invitation, he’ll be in the trailer headed to Albuquerque.

JT Easy Bug is owned and bred by Glen Jamison and his wife, Jill. Glen, 67, handles the training of his four-horse stable. You can also add grooming to the Jamison family’s resume. They do it all.

“It’s just a little do-it-yourself with family,” Glen said.

Glen doesn’t recall when he started training, however it’s been a long time and JT Easy Bug is the best horse he has ever saddled.

“This (Bank of America Pocatello Downs Challenge) is the largest purse he’s ever raced for,” Glen said. “We would absolutely go to Albuquerque if we are fortunate enough and lucky enough to be able to go and try.”

It’ll be the first time he has taken a horse to the Challenge Championships.

The 5-year-old JT Easy Bug has started 25 times and won at distances from 250 yards to 440 yards. He has raced to 11 wins, five seconds and four thirds while competing in the Intermountain Region.

“He just seems to get away from the gate well every time,” Glen said. “That’s the reason for his consistency.”

In the first of two trials, JT Easy Bug covered the 440 yards in a sparkling :21.317 to gain the nose win over second-fastest qualifier, Frog Nation, who was timed in :21.321.

“He got away well and held on,” Glen said. “He came out of the trial well and I just hope he has a good trip (in the Bank of America Pocatello Downs Challenge).”

JT Easy Bug has been on a roll for the past year. He has started six times with four wins, a close second and a fourth-place effort two starts ago.

A gelding by Jess Got Easier, JT Easy Bug will be facing a contentious field in the Bank of America Pocatello Downs Challenge.

Among them is the Julio Corral-owned and -trained Frog Nation, who nearly defeated JT Easy Bug in their trial.

One of the goals of the Bank of America Racing Challenge has always been to include so-called small owners, breeders and trainers. That is the Jamison family.

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