|MBNA America Challenge Championships
- Barn Notes for Monday, November 1
1, 2004) - The Jack Brooks-trained pair of Special Task Force
and Eye Yin You have arrived at Sam Houston Race Park in preparation
for Saturday night's MBNA America Challenge Championships, which
offer over $1 million in purses.
Special Task Force will run in the Grade 1, $300,000 MBNA America
Challenge Championship for older horses at 440 yard and Eye Yin
You is in the Grade 1, $150,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship.
Special Task Force is making his second start in eight days after
a third-place finish in the Grade 1, $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap
at Lone Star Park on Oct. 29. In the Refrigerator, jockey Jacky
Martin pulled up Special Task Force after the race when he thought
the horse was tying up.
However, Special Task Force was well when he returned to the Brooks'
barn and shipped to Sam Houston in fine order.
"I'm really pleased with the way he is doing," said
assistant trainer Raymond Vargas, at Sam Houston with Special task
Force. "He came out of the Refrigerator well and is taking
it easy this week.
"If he draws the one hole, watch out. He loves the one hole."
Special Task Force earned his berth in the Challenge Championship
with a 3/4-length victory in the Oklahoma Challenge Championship.
Since, he has a second-place effort in the All American Gold Cup
and the third-place Refrigerator effort.
Eye Yin You, owned by Betty and Dee Raper, won the New Mexico
Ford Challenge Championship to earn the right to compete against
the other 2-year-olds in the 400-yard Ford Challenge Championship.
The very consistent colt also won the Grade 1 Remington Park Futurity.
He has four wins, a second and a third from seven career starts.
The MBNA America Challenge Championships will be shown live on
TVG with the first Challenge race, the Professional's Choice Claiming
Challenge, having a 9:18 p.m. EST first post time.
News and Notes
The week of the MBNA America Challenge Championships got off to
a soggy start with up to three inches of rain expected in the Houston
area on Monday, but the wet weather should not impact the Challenge
Championships on Saturday night.
The rain kept the Challenge Championship prospective starters
in their stalls or walking around covered shedrows on Monday morning.
Clearing weather should bring out horses for exercise on Tuesday
and Wednesday mornings.
The MBNA America Challenge Championships, with five Grade 1 races
and over $1.3 million in purses, will be held on Saturday night
at Sam Houston Race Park. They will be televised live on the TVG
The rain in the Houston area is forecast to end on Tuesday and
a clearing weather pattern will take over the Texas' Gulf Coast
region through Saturday. Therefore, a fast track is expected for
the Challenge Championships.
MBNA Challenge Championships Television Schedule
The MBNA America Challenge Championships, with five Grade 1 stakes
and over $1.3 million in purses, will be televised live to over
50 million households on Saturday night.
The races will be televised on TVG and the following Fox Sports
regional networks- Southwest, South, Net 2 (west coast), New York
and Sunshine (tape delayed in Florida). The live programs will begin
at 8 p.m. EST.
The races will also air on America's Horse, televised on the Outdoor
Life Network, on Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. EST.