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Iowa Stallion Futurity

Prairie Meadows • Altoona, IA
8/17/14 • Finals 8/31/14 • 350yds • 2yo • $50,000 added • Fast

:17.967        *Quickie Rickie, g, (First Dinastia-Special Stepper)
Bob Urich/W Garner/T Bennett

:18.226        WRS Big Tom, g, (Cartels Feature-WRS Six Memories)
Williams Racing Stables Inc/K Willis/C Gomez

:18.435        Shesa Cartel Rose, f, (Cartels Feature-Shesa Eye Of Rose)
Jan P Bockenstedt/T Jones/D Pinon

:18.460        Harleydonegone, g, (Cartels Feature-Valentine Jewels)
Richard L Tobin/T Jones/S Smith

:18.476        TRS Just Like Jase, g, (Just Amazing Jess-TRS Dashin Diamond)
Vernon Hammes/K Wellington/T Wellington

:18.479        *TRS Amazing Lexi, f, (Just Amazing Jess-Maydecks Request)
Vernon Hammes/K Wellington/T Wellington

:18.534        Mark Of A Legend, g, (Sepcial Legend-Boogie N Bull)
Diana Spieker/V Bohner/D Brown

:18.571        A Lil Windy, f, (Talkalota Bull-Special Bold Chick)
Ricky Neff & Tony Dean Jones/T Jones/D Pinon

:18.716        Buyin Jess, g, (Just Amazing Jess-Zinfinity)
Lee A Scott/J Rutland/J Romero

:18.794        Ru Legends Amigo, g, (Special Legend-Ru Upity)
Bob Urich/W Garner/T Bennett

Iowa Double Gold Futurity

Prairie Meadows • Altoona, IA
8/16/14 • Finals 8/30/14 • 350yds • 2yo • $50,000 added • Fast

:17.411        *BP Cartels Policy, g, (Cartel Success-Marys Southernpolicy)
John Lawless/B Clay/S Smith

:17.492        *CR Wagon Man, g, (PYC Paint Your Wagon-LW Evening Lajolla)
Dick & Curt Tobin/A Wessels/D Pinon

:17.507        *Specials Jamie, f, (Ivory James-Special Anywhere)
A C Taylor/K Willis/C Gomez

:17.549        Painted Summer, f, (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Summertime Runaway)
Movin On/J Olmstead/T Wellington

:17.554        *Classy In Red, f, (Red Storm Cat-LK Classy Perk)
Leo Butell & Mike Schau/J Olmstead/T Wellington

:17.572        MGA Painted Time, f, (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Time For Wilena)
John L Herrick & Ken Denning/B Clay/S Smith

:17.577        The Big Time, g, (Bigtime Favorite-Bosanova Baby)
Irene Velasquez/V Bohner/D Brown

:17.580        Rpainted Wagon, g, (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Rlittle Sis)
Bob & Deanna Williams/S Capps/J Romero

:17.594        Dashing Tee, g, (Volcom-Dashing Dion)
Paul Treadwell/E Hardy/J Salazar

:17.669        Pymp Your Wagon, c, (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Yawls Spreadn Rumors)
Sheri Lynn Andrew/B Clay/S Smith

Iowa Double Gold Derby

Prairie Meadows • Altoona, IA
8/16/14 • Finals 8/30/14 • 400yds • 3yo • $45,000 added • Fast

:19.661        *Fearless Cat, g, (Red Storm Cat-Fearless Brick)
Lloyd Racing Stables LLC/D Lloyd/T Crissup

:19.674        *Heza Fast Invictus, g, (Mighty Invictus-Sheza Fast Jewel)
Marty & Shalia Powers/K Willis/C Gomez

:19.761        Best On The Planet, g, (Best Advice-Planetary Ferry TB)
Gene Cox/B Muse/J Romero

:19.805        Cr Strawflyn Bux, g, (Zoomin For Bux-Struttin Some Stuff)
Mark W Cassel/A Goodsell/M Swiontek

:19.871        Corona For Dancer, g, (Agouti-Le Kooz TB)
Delfino Morillon Jr/J Aguilera/J Salazar

:19.918        Papa J R, g, (Mr Eye Opener-Peridot And Pearls)
Pedro Castillo Garcia/E Escamilla-Gonzalez/M Delgado

:19.941        Bad Secrets, c, (No Secrets Here-Purley Un Social)
Stephen M Harris/C Crawford/T Bennett

:20.049        Wolfgang James, g, (Ivory James-Jess Brimmin To Go)
Bobby & Vickie Hammer/J Olmstead/J Torres

:20.103        Big Boys Joy, g, (Royal Shake Em-Easy Sailin Kiss)
Diana Spieker/V Bohner/D Brown

:20.188        Secretive Jess, f, (No Secrets Here-My Girl Jessie)
Donald J Friesen/J Olmstead/J Torres

Keokuk Stakes-G3

Pure D Spit (Spit Curl Jess - Pure Princess, Pure D Dash)

Prairie Meadows – August 16, 2014 – by John Moorehouse

Pure D Spit winning the Keokuk Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Pure D Spit winning the Keokuk Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Make it seven consecutive wins for Pure D Spit. The veteran gelding collected his 14th career victory and his second in stakes company, making a driving finish to rally successfully in the $51,750 Keokuk Stakes-G3 on Aug. 16 at Prairie Meadows.

Continuing a winning streak that dates back to last October, Pure D Spit doubled his stakes win total. He also won last year’s Fair Meadows Maturity and finished second in the Two Rivers Stakes-G3 last fall. That runner-up effort also marks the last time that Pure D Spit failed to win a race in which he was entered.

Pure D Spit came on strong underneath rider Jesus Salazar for this latest victory. The gelding broke on top from the 2-gate, then yielded the early lead to Daltsguninforsuccess and was running 3rd at the 1st call. Pure D Spit reclaimed the lead going into the stretch, and held off 2 competitors to win by 1/2-length.

Pure D Spit winning the Keokuk Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Pure D Spit winning the Keokuk Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Owner Rodrigo Covarrubias also trains Pure D Spit, who covered the 400 yards in :19.327 and tallied a 106 speed index to equal his career high. Covarrubias collected a $28,462 payday, pushing the gelding’s lifetime bankroll over the $200,000 milestone to $215,452.

Ray Enlow bred Pure D Spit the only starter out of 3-time winner Pure Princess, who has 3 additional foals.

In a DH for 3rd were: Eye A Spit Curl Girl (Spit Curl Jess-Thisdimplesaniopener), owned by Martin Stacy, trained by Jason Olmstead & ridden by Jorge Torres; & Daltsguninforsuccess (Cartel Success-Dalts Pistol), owned by Larry Thompson & Don Anthony, trained by Jackie Kirby & ridden by Stormy Smith. Followed by Big Boi (Oak Tree Special-Bosanova Baby), Spit Curl American (Spit Curl Jess-American Dove), April Iz Game (Game Patriot-DD Special April), Win Rabbits Fly (Fly Jess Fly-Break The Market), Im Shaky (Embrujo FG-Shaky Kate), Fierce Runaway (Ocean Runaway-Hop Kip And Jump) & Hey List (Carters Cartel-Shes A Strawfly).

Pure D Spit winning the Keokuk Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Challenge Championship Returns to Prairie Meadows

Challenge Championships return to Iowa track in 2014.

November 8, 2013

AQHA-The Bank of America Challenge Championships will return to Prairie Meadows in 2014.

BOA_QH Racing Challenge Logo_LowResThe Altoona, Iowa, racetrack hosted the event in 2012. A date for the 2014 event will be announced in the near future.

“We had such great feedback after the 2012 running, we’re excited to return to Iowa,” said AQHA Executive Director of Racing Trey Buck. “The facility, people and hospitality were outstanding and promise to be the same or even better next year.”

Prairie Meadows offers a top-class racetrack, with a 168-room hotel, casino and meeting areas all in one place.

“Prairie Meadows is very excited about the prospect of hosting the event again,” said Jack Peters, chairman of Prairie Meadows and an AQHA director. “The Challenge Championships encompasses horsemen from all over the country, as well as Mexico, Canada and South America. It’s a wonderful facility and this event fits extremely well in that kind of venue. I think it will provide the facility necessary for people to showcase their horses, some of the best horses in the country.” 

The track becomes only the third racetrack to host the prestigious event more than once. Los Alamitos is a 10-time host of the event, and Lone Star Park has hosted the event four times. Other racetracks that have played host to the Challenge Championships once each are Evangeline Downs, Fair Grounds, Retama Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Sunland Park and Turf Paradise.

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Portland Meadows Fall Derby

Flyin Lion (Panther Mountain - Flaming Cynthia, Rockets Magic)

Portland Meadows – October 20, 2013 – by Danny Camp

Flyin Lion winning the Portland Meadows Fall Derby © Portland Meadows

Flyin Lion winning the Portland Meadows Fall Derby © Portland Meadows

It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish. Flyin Lion’s start in the $16,000 Portland Meadows Fall Derby on Oct. 20 may not have been the best, but a strong finish took her to the winner’s circle for the first time in stakes company.

Qualifying with the fastest clocking after a wire-to-wire run in the Oct. 6 trials, Flyin Lion showed class in the 400-yard finals. Breaking from the 6-post, she was bumped & drifted out. Jockey Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa kept his wits about him and let his mount gather herself, waiting until she hit her stride before asking her to run. She responded.

Flyin Lion had 1/2-length at both the 1st call & at the top of the stretch, digging in to cross the finish line 1 3/4-lengths to the good. She tripped the timer in :20.043 for a 99 speed index and the $6,400 winner’s share, taking her earnings to $14,028.

This stakes victory makes four wins from nine tries, and three in a row for the daughter of Panther Mountain. Flyin Lion is conditioned by Scott Raley for owners/breeders Mike and Sherry Reardon, who bred her in Washington. The filly is the best foal out of multiple winner Flaming Cynthia, who has produced two starters/winners from eight foals.

Rogue County (Kipas Special-Royal Stakes Quick) was bumped as well and jockey Jose Zunino lodged a complaint that was not allowed, so owner Cedar Creek Tree Far Ranch and Racin and trainer Cedric Hayden settled for 2nd. Portland Meadows Fall Derby winning trainer Scott Raley also saddled Sneakin Bye (Dashin Bye-Sneak Bac) to 3rd under Zachary Bacon for owner Gary Chumbley. Followed by Jess Be Hawkin (Fly Jess Fly-Livid), Lil Dip A Nitro (Royal Miracle Dip-Attract) Dynasty Now (Fdd Dynasty-Belle Of Colleen), Shelbyjean (Tr Dasher-Jazzing Pink), Stel A Flying (Stel Corona-Yeah Im Flying), Bg I Came I Saw Iwon (First Thoughts-Antonios Shorts) & Grammys Spitfire (Royal Miracle Dip-Miss Royal Bux).

Flyin Lion winning the Portland Meadows Fall Derby © Portland Meadows

Two Rivers Stakes-G3

BF Farm Boy (Hawkinson - Shirleys Strawfly, Strawfly Special) 

Prairie Meadows – October 11, 2013 – by Michael Compton

BF Farm Boy winning the Two Rivers Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

BF Farm Boy winning the Two Rivers Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

BF Farm Boy, winner of the 19th running of the $51,750 Two Rivers Stakes-G3 at Prairie Meadows on Oct. 11, is living up to his family genes. The 5-year-old son of Hawkinson is now a 3-time stakes winner and the latest star out of the sensational producer Shirleys Strawfly, by Strawfly Special.

Bred in Oregon by Don & Peggy Boyle and racing in the colors of Don Boyle & Wade Siegel, BF Farm Boy contested the early lead in the Two Rivers, assumed command in the lane and drew clear late to register a 1 3/4-length victory in the 440-yard event. Ridden by Stormy Smith, who has been aboard the sorrel gelding for all of his stakes wins, BF Farm Boy stopped the timer in :21.453, not far off Jess a Runner’s stakes record of :21.19, and earned a speed index of 103. He is trained by William Harris.

A winner in four of eight lifetime starts, including three stakes, BF Farm Boy increased his bankroll to $197,941 with the $28,462 winner’s share. In addition to the Two Rivers, BF Farm Boy owns wins in this year’s Keokuk Stakes-G3 at Prairie Meadows and the Great Lakes Stakes at Canterbury Downs.

BF Farm Boy is out of Shirleys Strawfly, dam of 12 winners from 13 starters and 6 stakes winners, including multiple Champion Strawkins, graded stakes winner Summit Bid, and Mr Eye Will, all 3 track record setters.

Pure D Spit (Spit Curl Jess-Pure Princess) was 2nd under Jesus Salazar for Rodrigo Covarrubias & trainer Jose Aguilera. Wild Ryde (One Famous Eagle-First Black Rose) was 3rd under Gerardo Garrido for Jose Ayala & trainer Edgar Gamez.

Followed by Lethal Volt (Volcom-Miss Lethal), I See Candy Paint (PYC Paint Your Wagon), You Can Call Mr Earl (Sweet First Down-Strawfly N Princess), PYC Pick Your Pocket (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Bold Aldebaran), Jessaraceaway (Mr Jess Perry-Miss Racy Vike), Joltin Jess (Take Off Jess-Jetting Home) & Lucky Me (Mr Jess Perry-Sassy Smith).

BF Farm Boy winning the Two Rivers Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Iowa Stallion Futurity

Leterfly (Talkalota Bull - Sixy De Strawfly, Strawfly Special) 

Prairie Meadows – October 12, 2013 – by Michael Compton

Leterfly winning the Iowa Stallion Futurity at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Leterfly winning the Iowa Stallion Futurity at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Jockey Berkley Packer allowed Leonard Green’s homebred filly Leterfly run to her name in the $59,600 Iowa Stallion Quarter Horse Futurity on Oct. 12 at Prairie Meadows.

A two-year-old daughter of Talkalota Bull, Leterfly broke sharply and dueled for the lead through the first part of the 350-yard test. She opened up 1 1/2-lengths on her competition in the lane, and dug in gamely approaching the wire to hold off a stern challenge from Bulleader to prevail by a nose at the finish. Leterfly stopped the timer in :17.943 and earned a speed index of 85.

“I thought if she broke well, she could beat them tonight,” said winning trainer Kirk Wessels, who was saddling his 2nd stakes winner of the evening. “She did just that. It was great to see her lead them home.”

It was the first career victory for Leterfly, and a welcomed return to the winner’s circle following a stakes race for her owner and breeder.

“To win a race like this with a homebred is very special,” said Green. “This is my first stakes win in quite a while. It feels good.”

With one win from three career starts, Leterfly has earned $27,794. Leterfly is the only starter out of the Strawfly Special mare Sixy De Strawfly.

Trained by Tony Jones, runner-up Bulleader (Talkalota Bull-Special Bold Chick) finished full of run to just miss under Kenny Muntz for owners Ricky Neff and Tony Dean Jones. TRS Dash Of Cinnamon (Hot Shot Dash-Iris Cinnamon), ridden by Roger Buening for trainer Ronald Sayre, made an impression late and got up for 3rd in the colors of owner Vernon Hammes.

Followed by Legends San Jose (Special Legend-Whata Dashy Doc), TRS Hot Shot Cole (Hot Shot Dash-Iris Mabee Babee), Jessgowithit (Talkalota Bull-RLR Jess Blue Heaven), Las Hot Shot Zen (Hot Shot Dash-Zinfinity) and TRS Okies Special (Design by Okey-Legends Kita. Legendary Alibi was scratched.

Leterfly winning the Iowa Stallion Futurity at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Terrace Hill Stakes-RG3

Eufaula Me (Okey Dokey Dale - Yawls Spreadn Rumors, Serious Rumors) 

Prairie Meadows – October 12, 2013 – by Michael Compton

Eufaula Me winning the Terrace Hill Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Eufaula Me winning the Terrace Hill Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Eufaula Me is making a habit of winning on Iowa Champions Night at Prairie Meadows. The 4-year-old gelded son of Okey Dokey Dale captured the 2011 Jim Bader Futurity, the Polk County Derby last year, and on Oct. 12 added the 20th running of the Terrace Hill-RG3 to his impressive streak.

This time, it helped having Berkley Packer in the saddle. The veteran had already won the first 2 stakes of the night when he hopped on Eufaula Me. Away cleanly, Eufaula Me was in contention from the start. The favorite dueled with his 1/2-brother Wheres Your Wagon & Stormy Smith early, and drove clear late to finish 3/4-length in front of his sibling, who was clear of Shake Em Streakin & Juan Vazquez in third.

Racing in the colors of John Lawless, Eufaula Me stopped the timer in new stakes record time of :19.584 and earned a speed index of 99 for trainer Brent Clay. “This feels good,” said Clay. “He’s been very good to us. He’s been a sound horse all along. He left there good and ran a great race.”

“He’s been very special to us,” said Lawless. “It’s been a pleasure campaigning him. He has good people around him, and that helps a lot. When he gets away from the gate like that he’s tough to beat.”

This was the 4th stakes & 1st graded success for Eufaula Me, who was bred by Sheri Lynn Andrew. He has won 9 of 19 with $253,518 in earnings. He is out of graded stakes-placed Yawls Spreadn Rumors, & is a 1/2-brother to runner-up/stakes winner Wheres Your Wagon, as well as graded stakes winner Okey I Am.

Wheres Your Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Yawls Spreadn Rumors) was 2nd for Kay Sage & trainer Kirk Wessels. Shake Em Streakin (Shake Em Open-Miss Fine La Jolla) was 3rd for Brent (trainer) & Karen Clay. Followed by Eyeowa Cyclone (Mr Eye Opener-Countess Rare Bar), Hot Shot Junior (Hot Shot Dash-Monita Moon) & Man N Black (Mr Eye Opener-This Chicks a Ruler). Specialmanonamission scratched.

Eufaula Me winning the Terrace Hill Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography