Favorites Take Evergreen Challenge Races

Strawflyn Bux, Legacys A Streakin punch their tickets to Los Alamitos.

August 11, 2013

Evergreen Park on Saturday hosted two Bank of America Racing Challenge events and the betting favorite prevailed in both stakes at the Alberta racetrack.

In the $28,927 John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge, Brian Weatherill and Shane Carter Ray’s CR Strawflyn Bux drew clear to a 1 ¼-length victory as the 2-1 choice. Ridden by Ramiro Castillo for trainer Allen Goodsell, the Alberta-bred gelding by Zoomin For Bux covered 350 yards in :17.90 and earned a berth in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) to be held on November 9 at Los Alamitos in Southern California.

Bred by Roger Gauthier, CR Strawflyn Bux earned his maiden win in the race after finishing third against maidens in his racing debut and then fourth in his John Deere trial. The gelding entered the race with earnings of $519 and picked up another $14,168 for his effort.

Fastest qualifier Coronas Child closed to take second for breeders and owners Buckey and Beverly Stockwell. Dean Frey’s Western Hauler Wayne took third.

In the $17,010 Merial Evergreen Park Distaff Challenge, Ed Borgstrom’s Legacys A Streakin extended her win streak to five with a three-quarter length victory under jockey Tyler Walker. The 5-year-old Streakin La Jolla mare dashed 400 yards in :20.00 to earn a spot in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1).

Bred in Colorado by D. Friesen, A. Janzen and K. Siebert, Legacys A Streakin has spent her entire racing career in Canada, where she has now won 12 of 21 starts and banked just over $100,000. Laurie Ferguson trains the mare.

Wesley Oulton’s Howdoyado, making her second start in Canada after previously racing in Oklahoma, took second. Dean Frey’s La Corona Cartel, who last year ran in a pair of Grade 1 races at Los Alamitos, finished third.