The first of six race dates at Sun Downs race track in Kennewick is today, and features the $2,100 Boekenoggan Memorial as well as five trials for two different American Quarter Horse Challenge races.
First post is at 1 p.m..
The Boekenoogan, set as the 10th and final race of the day, will feature some veteran horses racing at 250 yards. Hannibal Lector, an 11-year-old owned by Mario Escobedo and trained by Juan C. Sanguino, will be the pre-race favorite set by the oddsmaker at 5-to-2. He has $83,306 career earnings over 71 starts.
Hell be pushed by Vodka Soda No Fruit, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Bob and Scott Giltner and trained by Kurt Calton. He has $62,638 in career earnings over 24 starts, and his last two races were at Los Alamitos.
But those earning pale in comparison to Snip N Dales an 8-year-old owned by Gary Chumbley and trained by Scott Raley. He has earned $182,581 over 35 starts.
While the veterans will take center stage today, many race fans will be keeping a close eye on the young talent competing in the Challenge trials.
The Maiden Challenge will feature two trials of mostly 3-year-olds, while the Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge will have three trials.
The top 10 from the trials will meet on May 4 at Sun Downs with a chance to advance to the finals in November in Los Alamitos.
Trey is back for another season, and hell get to open the meet with an imaginary $300.
To start the day, well take Liberated Girl for the first half of the Daily Double, and well box an exacta of Liberated Girls and Direct Deal.
Its See Sea Look for the second half of the Daily Double, and a $5 quinella of See Sea Look and First Daisy.
Were going $5 across the board on Fly Pole in the third.
In the fourth, well box a trifecta of Fergilicious, Picture Me Rolln, and Lil Bit Texas.
We like Stolen Gun Runner in the fifth and will bet $5 across the board.
An exacta box of Enterprise Zone and Disco D is the call in the sixth, and $5 across the board on Little Bit of Corona in the seventh.
Well go with a $5 quinella of Ought to Azoom and Cash Baq in the eighth.
For the ninth, well take Catlow Rim in the first half of the Late Double. Well also box an exacta of Catlow Rim and Cc Senor Frog.
And in the 10th, its Vodka Soda No Fruit for the second half of the Late Double, and a trifecta box of Vodka Soda No Fruit, Shez Pretty Awesome and Eyes On Brimmer.
Thats $83 in wagers.
First post 1 p.m.
FIRST TB mdn, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,300, 4 furlongs: 1. My Prisila. 2. Ashlee Echo. 3. La Ramona. 4. Tizabrightness. 5. Cool Colleen. 6. Direct Deal. 7. Liberated Girl. 8. Chica Caliente.
SECOND QH mdn, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,300, 300 yards: 1. Okes Blue Okie. 2. First Daisy. 3. Big Fast N Ugly. 4. Fatgirlsneedluvntoo. 5. Sh Miss Be Dreamin. 6. Classy Chumee. 7. Triple T Trevor. 8. Kevins Last Shot. 9. See Sea Look. 10. Surfin For Bux.
THIRD TB clm $2500, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2013, Purse $1,500, 4 furlongs: 1. Missis Caldwell. 2. One Litning Qween. 3. Colorful Tune. 4. Chianti Dancer. 5. Scarletts Mark. 6. Skimmed. 7. Fly Pole. 8. Lady Frangelica.
FOURTH Dick Monahan/AQHA Maiden Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,800, 350 yards: 1. Picture Me Rolln. 2. Blues Man too You. 3. Miss Ez Okey. 4. Lil Bit Texas. 5. Fergilicious. 6. Runnin Ona Dream. 7. Royal Down Special. 8. Mr Speedygonzalez. 9. Native Lil Dasher. 10. Voictorousecret.
FIFTH Dick Monahan/AQHA Maiden Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,800, 350 yards: 1. Gc Streakin Okey. 2. Jess Mairi. 3. Little Fools Cash. 4. Stolen Gun Runner. 5. Kipas Ace. 6. Spy Dasher. 7. Sollovino. 8. Best Kept Secrets. 9. First Specialist.
SIXTH TB clm $2500, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2013, Purse $1,500, 4 furlongs: 1. Star of Nome. 2. Disco D. 3. Dominic Pass. 4. Whatsamillion. 5. Enterprise Zone. 6. Liberty At the Bar. 7. Mmmthatfeelsgood. 8. Revoluta.
SEVENTH Sun Downs/Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,800, 350 yards: 1. Rf Pistol Pete. 2. Ncc Shakool. 3. Ibafierce Diva. 4. Snowbound Superchick. 5. Fast Intention. 6. Little Bit of Corona. 7. A Cataclysmic Affair.
EIGHTH Sun Downs/Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,800, 350 yards: 1. Ez Seis Me. 2. Danner. 3. Ba Truly Impatient. 4. Eyes Okey. 5. Fullafun. 6. Cash Baq. 7. Ought to Azoom.
NINTH Sun Downs/Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,800, 350 yards: 1. Catlow Rim. 2. Sunbeams Perfectdash. 3. Cc Senor Frog. 4. Chicks Loveta Giggle. 5. Wave of Chicks. 6. Dashin Baby Boy. 7. Eyes Movin.
TENTH Boekenoogen Memorial, QH alkw, 3YO&Up, Purse $2,100, 250 yards: 1. Vodka Soda No Fruit. 2. Hannibal Lector. 3. Eyez on Brimmer. 4. Bedas Jumpin Okie. 5. Lil Orange Scooter. 6. Shez Pretty Awesome. 7. Runnin for the Boys. 8. Snip N Dale. 9. Bcr Beat the Traffic. 10. Junos Jesse.