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William Leech is going to be busy on Sunday. His pockets could also end up being quite a bit fuller too.

The veteran trainer is in charge of six of the 12 horses entered in two of the biggest quarter horse races of the season at The Horses At Evergreen Park at J.D.A. Raceway.

In Race 4 Sunday, the Bank of America Adequan Challenge over 400 yards for three-year-olds, Leech takes care of Interes Fino and Destello de Luna. Interes Fino is owned by local Chuck Stojan and is being ridden by J.B. Botello. Leech and Jane and Haley Moreno own Interes Fino.

Top Shelf, Valiant Stevie B, Wave Burner and Firelicious - trained by former local trainer Tim Rycroft, ridden by J.C. Rogue and owned by Beckham Ranches - are also involved in the race Bucky Stockwell trains both Top Shelf (owned by Robert McCutcheon and ridden by O.A. Hernandez) and Valiant Stevie B while W.T. Oulton trains, D.I. Benitez is riding and WT Ranches owns Wave Burner.

That race has a purse of $35,136 and is set to start at 2:15 p.m.  

Right after that race, with an anticipated 2:35 p.m. post, is the Bank of America Challenge. It is also over 400 yards and is for three-year-olds and up and has a purse of $44,132.

Leech looks after Hortons Real Deal, Get It Foose, Flight Club (all three owned by Stojan) as well as Bright Foo Fighter – owned by Gonetothebrightside Syndcate). Jockey A. Anbrade is on Horton, R. Moreno on Getit Foose and Botello on Flight  Club.

The other horses in the race are Honor The Fast Man, owned and trained by Tom Kenway and ridden by M. Ortiz, and Rowdyvision, who is trained by M. Moreno, owned by Isaak Fehr and ridden by A.T. Amador.

Winners from the two races will qualify to take part in the Bank of American Championship Challenge in Philadelphia in the fall.

There are seven races both days with 1:15 p.m. first posts.

Highlight race of the day on Saturday is the Marathon Series Stakes. A run of 1 1/16 miles for a purse of $9,000.

Local interest in that is in Roman Steel and Turnaround. Grande Prairie’s Jason Coney owns and trains Roman Steel, being ridden by O. Foster, while local Clint Rycroft trains and owns, with Dan Ireland and Dustin Pierlot, Turnaround. R. Lunan is steering that horse.

There is no admission fee to watch the racing.

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