Eyes Movin Takes Pfizer Sun Downs Challenge

Washington-bred earns another trip to the Challenge Championships.

May 6, 2012

Eyes Movin, the 10th-fastest qualifier, parlayed a quick break and a half-length early lead into a victory in Saturday’s $16,306 Pfizer Sun Downs Starter Allowance Challenge in Kennewick, Washington. Sent off at odds of 9-2 under jockey Troy Stillwell, the 5-year-old gelding by Mr Eye Opener prevailed by three-parts of a length in :17.79 for 350 yards to earn a 96 speed index. The Washington-bred is conditioned by Bill Hoburg and owned by Bank On It of Vancouver, Washington.

This victory improved Eyes Movin’s record to 23-6-10-2 with a bankroll of $36,930. The win also earned him a return trip to the Bank of America Challenge Championships, which this year will be held October 27 at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. Eyes Movin finished second in Pfizer regional races last year at both Evergreen Park in Canada and Emerald Downs in Washington before venturing to California and taking fifth in the $75,000 Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos.

Bred by Brenda Hoover, Eyes Movin is out of the Meter Me Gone mare Movin Meter, who also excelled in the Bank of America Challenge program. Movin Meter, who was also bred and campaigned by Hoover, hit the board in 25 of 31 career starts and won Challenge races at Sun Downs, Les Bois Park and Whoop-Up Downs, in addition to the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos. Of Movin Meter’s $130,182 in lifetime earnings, $85,765 came in Challenge races.

Ruben Magallanes’ Dashing Strawfly, a 9-year-old gelding by Strawfly Special with 12 career victories, ran a strong race to take second at odds of 18-1. Jose Delapaz Macias’ Hawkinsons overcame some bumping to finish third. Even-money favorite Ought To Azoom encountered trouble and finished fifth.

Earlier on the card, Beverly and Bucky Stockwell’s Chrysis scored a 14-1 upset in the $19,530 Dick Monahan Maiden Challenge for Bank of America Challenge-enrolled horses. Conditioned by Beverly Stockwell and ridden by Jose Figueroa, the Corona Cartel filly earned her maiden victory by a nose with a 350-yard dash in :18.07. The filly finished a troubled fifth in her trial and was elevated to fourth after a disqualification.

Bred in Texas by Bobby Cox, Chrysis hit the board several times last year against maiden company at Sam Houston Race Park and Lone Star Park. Her record now stands at 10-1-2-2 with earnings of $12,942.

Adrian Gallegos’ Snowbound Superchick just missed and picked up $3,906 for running second. Charles Lindsey Jr.’s Im Sassy Mary took third.