Bank of America Challenge Championships

Challenge Championships week kicks off on October 11 in Iowa.

Challenge Championships week kicks off on October 11 in Iowa.

The festivities surrounding the 2017 Bank of America Challenge Championships kick off on October 11, and conclude on Saturday, October 14, with the Bank of America Challenge Championship races at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

This is the third time the Midwest track hosts the prestigious event, which brings many of the best American Quarter Horses from around the world together for a night of championship racing.

On October 11, the event will begin with a post-position draw at the racetrack.

The meeting portions of the week begin on Thursday, October 12, with an Affiliate Workshop, which is open to all AQHA racing affiliates, followed by an AQHA Racing Committee meeting on Friday.

There will be racing on the evening of Friday, October 13, beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees should be sure to attend the welcome reception, which opens at 5 p.m.

The big day, October 14, opens with an Owner’s Recognition Brunch at 10 a.m., to celebrate the connections of all the championship horses.

The main event begins at 6 p.m. Also on the card are the $110,000-est. Polk County Derby, $175,000-est. Jim Bader Futurity, $120,000-est. Altoona Derby and $270,000-est. Valley Junction Futurity.

The Bank of America Challenge Championship races will open with the $105,000-guaranteed AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1), followed by the $180,000-guaranteed Adequan® Derby Challenge Championship (G3), $130,000-guaranteed John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2), $105,000-guaranteed Boehringer Ingelheim Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) and $330,000-guaranteed Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1).

Among the horses that hold invitations to the Challenge Championships are reigning reigning Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) winner AJs High, reigning Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) winner Time For Wine and reigning AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) winner Rare Ed. The final lineup for the races will be determined after entries are taken for the races.

This will be an event you won’t want to miss! Stay up-to-date on all the action at www.aqha.com/racing

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