Horses from Mexico Set to Compete at Challenge Championships

November 19, 2010

Upon learning that Francisco Colorado's undefeated Loose Perry and three-time winner Rebas Corona were standing in the stalls in front of them in a barn at Fair Grounds Race Course, two reporters became eager to ask more questions of the man who had told them the horses' names.

The man was trainer Guadalupe Inzunza, who quickly proclaimed in flawless English: “I do not speak English.”

Shortly after the reporters posed some questions in rudimentary Spanish, Thoroughbred exercise rider Francisco Hernandez walked by the group and was deputized as translator, enabling the reporters to learn more about Inzunza's horses. The runners qualified to the November 19 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships at Fair Grounds via Challenge victories at the Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City. The Hipodromo conducts the only recognized American Quarter Horse racing in Mexico.

Loose Perry, a 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry gelding who was bred in Texas by Charlie and Dixie Patterson, is the 9-2 third choice in the morning line to win the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2). Rebas Corona, a 3-year-old daughter of Corona Carter who was bred in Oklahoma by Henry E. Brown, is 8-1 in the morning line to win the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1). She set the 400-yard track record of :19.196 in her Challenge victory in Mexico City.

Inzunza said the horses were flown from Mexico to Miami, Florida, then trailered more than 800 miles to Fair Grounds, where they both worked on November 3. He is confident they will perform just as well in their United States debut as they did in Mexico City.

Esgar Ramirez, who won this year's All American Futurity presented by Sentient Jet (G1) on Mr Piloto, will ride both horses.

Head shots of Loose Perry and Rebas Corona appear together on the cover of a recent issue of Revista a Caballo, a magazine that covers sprint racing in Mexico. Its website features a story on the pair's participation in the Challenge Championships. The magazine's general director, Alberto Gomez Gutierrez, is at Fair Grounds for the Challenge Championships.

First post for Friday's 13-race card at Fair Grounds is 5 p.m. Central. For the first time, the Bank of America Challenge Championships will be featured on Horse Racing TV and available to the channel’s 17 million subscribers, as well as free to view on AQHA’s Q-Racing Video. During the “free weekend,” nonsubscribers will be asked for a valid e-mail address to access the site. Q-Racing Video will be free and open to the world from 8 a.m. Friday, November 19, through the evening of Sunday, November 21. BY AMY OWENS