Rillito Challenge Races

Rillito Challenge Races

Rillito Challenge races held at Ruidoso Downs.

Charlies Fast Man wins the John Deere Rillito Juvenile Challenge held at Ruidoso Downs.

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The  $15,000 John Deere Rillito Juvenile Challenge and $15,000 Bank of America Rillito Championship Challenge that were delayed due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic were held on July 11 and 12 at Ruidoso Downs.

The trials for the races were held at Rillito Downs, but the finals were delayed and moved.

"We cannot thank our horsemen and Ruidoso Downs enough for assisting us in hosting these races," said AQHA Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber. "The pandemic has caused difficult situations for everyone, and both management and horsemen have stepped up to make these events happen."

The John Deere Rillito Juvenile Challenge was held July 11, with Charlies Fast Man surging to victory in the 350-yard test. 

Owned by Jose Mendoza and trained by Eloy Navarro, the gray colt was ridden by Jaime Leos and crossed the wire three-quarters of a length the best of Jess The Lady. He broke his maiden in the race, and stopped the clock in :17.793. 

Blackwater Bengal was third, followed by Zooming For Kappie, Mister Hocks, Wagon Of Speed, Saint Icon, Avenger B, Oldtimehero and Run Away And Hide.

Charlies Fast Man was bred by Marshall Watson and is sired by Apollitical Blood and out of the First Down Dash mare Alltherightcurves.   

Charlies Fast Man has now earned one first and one second-place in four starts and has earned $9,540. He has earned a berth into the John Deere Juvenile Championship (G2) in October at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Shockinglyfamous on July 12 won the Bank of America Rillito Championship Challenge with a driving length victory as the race favorite. 

He was ridden by Jimmy Brooks for owner Stone Chase Stables and Alexia Willis, and trainer Eddie Willis. 

Shockinglyfamous completed the 440-yards in :21.702. The 4-year-old bay stallion is a son of One Famous Eagle and out of the Thoroughbred Langfuhr mare Shocktime.

The horse, bred by Clarence Scharbauer III, has now won five of 18 starts and earned $154,639. 

Senor Frogs finished second after battling early, and was followed by Pirate Coves Hero, Flying Eagle 07, Valiant Tort,  Thisizit, Our Secret Legacy, Captain Mazurk, Miss First N Wild and Pirteville Cartel. 

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