A Spring Snow Storms Into Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship

November 16, 2010

Winner of six consecutive races, A Spring Snow is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Friday's $75,000 Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship at Fair Grounds. The 350-yard race for 3-year-olds and older horses that had raced for a claiming tag of $5,000 or less is part of the 18th Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships, the season-ending championship event of AQHA's purse and bonus awards program.

A Spring Snow, a 5-year-old gelding by This Snow Is Royal, races for trainer Abraham Jaquez of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The gelding earned a spot in the Fair Grounds race by winning the Pfizer SunRay Park Starter Allowance Challenge. In his career, A Spring Snow has won 10 of 32 races and has earned $112,627.

On November 16, post positions for the Challenge Championships were drawn during a brunch at the track. The Starter Allowance Challenge Championship starters, in post position order with their jockeys and morning-line odds, are:

Big Bag Mike, Cody Jensen, 5-1
Opalesce, Manuel Gutierrez, 20-1
SC Captivator, Larry Payne, 10-1
Dashin Spirit 123, John Hamilton, 15-1
Snow Patrol, Raul Ramirez Jr., 3-1
Classy Runaway Form, Juan Vazquez, 6-1
SFR Mary Louise, Jeff Jerman, 12-1
American Red Hot, Paul Greene, 12-1
Corona Perks, G.R. Carter Jr. 15-1
A Spring Snow, Esgar Ramirez, 2-1

The Starter Allowance Challenge Championship is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, AQHA's official equine vaccine manufacturer. The race is the 13th and final race of the evening at Fair Grounds with an approximate post time of 10:12 p.m. Central time.

The Bank of America Challenge Championships will be featured for the first time 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