World champion Stolis Winner winning the 2010 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Sam Houston Race Park.
THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE JOURNAL— MARCH 24, 2011—All-time leading money earner Stolis Winner makes his 2011 debut while defending his title in the $100,000 Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge (G2) over 440 yards on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park.
Jerry Windham’s homebred Stolis Winner (Stoli-Veva Jean by Runaway Winner) won the 2010 Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge on July 10 and since has become history’s top-earning American Quarter Horse. His bankroll now stands at $2,163,581 from 23 starts with 12 wins.
Also since his Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge victory last summer, the gelding has finished a close second in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1), second in the B.F. Phillips Stakes and third in the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) as the favorite.
Stolis Winner earned the majority of his record earnings during his world championship campaign as a juvenile in 2008. He earned Quarter Horse racing’s highest honor on the strength of Grade 1 victories in the All American Futurity, Heritage Place Futurity and Rainbow Futurity.
Noel Balderas’ XO Kate (Stoli-Streakin Kate by Streakin Six) was just a neck behind Stolis Winner in the 2010 Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge and is back for another try against the former world champion. The 6-year-old mare is in top form with two wins at Louisiana Downs in her only two 2011 starts. She narrowly won the Harrah’s Distaff and then easily took the Swift Stakes for trainer Isidro Flores.