While Eyesa Famous Eagle lit up the tote board in winning the Bank of America Challenge, it was trainer Matthew Fales that had the crowd gasping Sunday at Turf Paradise Race Course.
In addition to the $70,740 Bank of America Challenge, three other Quarter Horse stakes were featured on the card.But it was Matthew Fales that stole the show. Fales won the first three stakes. But for a neck, he would have also won the Bank of America Challenge.
Fales won the opening stakes, the $11,200 Wayne Brasher Legacy, with the favorite HeatWarning ($5.40), who was up in time to get a neck victory over Jo Jo Hot Legs with Siege Rampart third in the field of ten.Ridden by Martin Bourdieu, Heat Warning, who was winning for the ninth time in 17 outings, raced the 440 yards in :21:74 and now has earnings of $92,680.
Fales and Bourdieu teamed up again with Kr Crusin Cartel ($16.20) to upset the $31,680 John Deere Juvenile Challenge.Bumped at the start and drifting out in the stretch, Kr Crusin Cartel zipped the 350 yards in :17.96. Seis Me was second a length behind the winner and Painthisroyalwagon third in the field of ten 2-year-olds.
Owned by Kyler Racing, Kr Crusin Cartel is now a perfect 2-for-2 and has earnings of $16,359,With just enough time to catch his breath, Fales then saddled another upsetter, Jess Perfect Miracle ($19.40) to post a half-length victory in the $22,140 Zoetis Distance Challenge with Mickey Ward second (also trained by Fales) and All Guns Firing in the field of eight.
Handled by Daniel Vergara for owner Las Vegas Ranch, Jess Perfect Miracle was guided to the 4-path from the eight post and went on to cover the 870 yards in :45.78. Jess Perfect Miracle has now won seven of 29 races for earnings of $38,014.Then came the featured $70,740 Bank of America Championship Challenge where the winner would not only get $32,450 but would also receive a berth in the Challenge Championship at Lone Star Park.
Overcoming bumping and shoving at the start Eyesa Famous Eagle ($49.00) and Jarell James seized the lead and held on by a neck against the fast-closing Block N Tackle (trained by Fales) with French Fry third in the field of nine.
Owned by Cesar Dabdoub and trained by Omar Lorta, Eyesa Famous Eagle covered the 440 yards in :21.81 for his fourth win in 20 efforts for earnings of $102,619.