LITTLE BIT OF BAJA DOMINATES BANK OF AMERICA CENTRAL CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE
Aug. 15, 2009 - Favored Little Bit Of Baja comfortably defeated 11 rivals in the $76,680 Bank of America Central Championship Challenge (G2) on August 15 at Prairie Meadows. With the victory, the 5-year-old First Down Dash gelding will represent the Central region in the $350,000 Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G1) on October 31 at Los Alamitos.
A Grade 1 winner who was second in the Champion of Champions (G1) in 2007 and 2008 and set a 400-yard track record at Los Alamitos, Little Bit Of Baja made his Prairie Meadows debut on August 1 in the Keokuk Stakes. He flipped in the starting gate and finished ninth.
Despite that effort, the classy gelding returned in the Central Championship Challenge as the 6-5 favorite with regular rider Rodrigo Aceves aboard. Breaking from Post 9, he overcame early leaders Hijo De Villa and Gallant Ways to win by 2 1/4 lengths. His time for 440 yards over a fast track was :21.450.