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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

Polk County Derby

Carters Crown (Carters Cartel - Queen Of Anywhere, Make It Anywhere) 

Prairie Meadows – October 12, 2013 – by Michael Compton

Carters Crown winning the Polk County Derby at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Carters Crown winning the Polk County Derby at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

As far as trainer Kirk Wessels is concerned, the best is still to come for Carters Crown, winner of the $91,700 Polk County Derby at Prairie Meadows on Oct. 12.

A 3-year-old son of Carters Cartel, Carters Crown made short work of 3 rivals in the Polk County Derby, drawing clear late to defeat Catchin Fire by 2-lengths. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, Carters Crown dashed 400-yards in new stakes record time of :19.514, eclipsing Fly Me Anywhere’s previous mark of :19.66, and earned a speed index of 102.

It was the 1st stakes score and 3rd consecutive victory by open lengths for Carters Crown. He proved 4 1/2-lengths best in earnings his diploma on Sept. 6 at Prairie Meadows and returned to annex an allowance dash at 350-yards by more than 2-lengths. All told, he has won 3 of 5 starts and earned $59,985.

“He’s amazing,” said Wessels. “He had an issue with an ankle last year. We knew he could be a nice one, so we just took our time with him. It is paying dividends now. There are big things in store for his guy.”

Wessels credited son, Alex, and Sue Keefe for readying Cartels Cartel for his biggest win to date. “They’ve been leading things at the barn for me, and they deserve a lot of credit for having this horse ready,” he said. “I told Alex that, ‘I’ll be glad to work for you again next year.’”

Bred in Iowa by Summer Hill Farm, Carters Crown is out of graded stakes winner Queen Of Anywhere, by Make It Anywhere. Queen Of Anywhere won the 2006 Lazy E Futurity at Remington Park and earned $45,726 in her career.

Russel Hadley guided Thomas Lepic’s filly Catchin Fire (Chicks a Blazin-Rodeo Rona) to 2nd for trainer Kasey Willis. Robert & Sandra Brown’s homebred Tellher To Fly (Teller Cartel-Two Sick to Fly) was 3rd under Stormy Smith for trainer Brent Clay. Shining Minute (Shazoom-Stoli Minute by Stoli) was 4th.  Burn Down Sweet, Ivorys Special Lady & Takin scratched.

Carters Crown winning the Polk County Derby at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Jim Bader Futurity

Big Boys Joy (Royal Shake Em - Easy Sailin Kiss, Dashin is Easy) 

Prairie Meadows – October 12, 2013 – by Michael Compton

Big Boys Joy winning the Jim Bader Futurity at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Big Boys Joy winning the Jim Bader Futurity at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Lightly raced Big Boys Joy scored the biggest win of his young career, defeating a competitive group of promising Iowa-bred juveniles in the $135,700 Jim Bader Futurity, the richest race on Iowa Champions night Oct. 12 at Prairie Meadows.

A homebred for Diana Spieker, Big Boys Joy closed gamely on the outside after racing toward the back of the pack early in the 350-yard event to win by a nose on the line. Ridden by David Brown, Big Boys Joy stopped the timer in :17.772 and earned a speed index of 89 for trainer Verle Bohner.

Now a winner in half of his 4 starts, Big Boys Joy’s $54,280 winner’s share of the purse lifted his bankroll to $64,329. He exited a 5th-place finish in his prior start as the odds-on favorite, but Bohner excuses the effort. “I was a little worried going into this one because he drew outside again and last time he broke outside he kind of got lost out there,” said Bohner. “David knows the horse and did a good job with him. He ran great.”

Big Boy’s Joy comes by his talent naturally. His dam, Easy Sailin Kiss, won the 2006 Iowa Double Gold Derby-RG3 at Prairie Meadows and finished 2nd in the 2007 Future of Iowa Stakes-RG3 en route to career earnings of $92,087.

Runner up and 20-1 long shot WRS Jessarabbit (Agouti-WRS Six Memories), owned by Williams Racing Stable & trained by Kasey Willis, just missed under Russel Hadley. Ken Denning’s Justa Cartel (Teller Cartel-Justa Dance) dueled for the early lead with Stormy Smith in the irons and held 3rd for trainer Brent Clay.

Followed by Six Shootr (Ivory James-Hals Streakin Temper), Iris Dashing Royal (Sweet First Down-Hals Streakin Temper), Louisiana Doug (Jess Louisiana Blue-Miss Iowa State), TRS Amazing Zach (Just Amazing Jess-IRS Maes Dash) & Tell Her Shes Queen (Teller Cartel-Queen of Anywhere). Booger McClure & Kisser Quick scratched.

Big Boys Joy winning the Jim Bader Futurity at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Iowa Stallion Derby

TRS Justamazingpadon (Just Amazing Jess - TRS Dashin Diamond, Hot Shot Dash)

Prairie Meadows – October 12, 2013 – by Michael Compton

TRS Justamazingpadon winnign teh Iowa Stallion Derby at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

TRS Justamazingpadon winnign teh Iowa Stallion Derby at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Owner Vernon Hammes and trainer Ronald Sayre swept the exacta in the $51,000 Iowa Stallion Derby, with homebreds TRS Justamazingpadon getting the better of entry mate TRS Just Like Nate in the 16th running of the 400-yard fixture. It was an appropriate result as the Iowa-bred runner turned back the Indiana-bred on Iowa Champions night at Prairie Meadows on Oct. 12.

With jockey Thomas Wellington aboard, TRS Justamazingpadon assumed command after the break. After shrugging off Immahotdude in the lane, he opened a half-length on the field and hit the line 3/4-length to the good of a fast-closing TRS Just Like Nate, who rallied strongly late to prove second best in the field of nine runners.

In winning the initial stakes race of his career, TRS Just Amazingpadon covered the distance in :20.104 and earned a speed index of 86. He is the only foal to race out of the unraced mare TRS Dashin Diamond.  TRS Just Amazingpadon has won 2 of 10 lifetime starts and now has earnings of $50,547. In addition to his stakes victory, TRS Just Amazingpadon finished 3rd in the 2012 Iowa Stallion Futurity, also at Prairie Meadows.

“We thought as long as he got out clean that he would have a good shot,” said Sayre. “I didn’t want his stablemate to win this since he was bred in Indiana. It was a great win on a special night.”

TRS Just Like Nate (Just Amazing Jess-TRS Candy Cash) was 2nd under jockey Roger Buening as part of the favored 3-horse entry. Ithinkimhotwo (Hot Shot Dash-Chicks Dumpling Too) & David Brown were 3rd for Larry & Regina Wessels. Regina saddled the gelding. Followed by Willie Be Gone (Special Legend-Ru Chikita), Immahotdude (Hot Shot Dash-Lews Little Shakem), MCR Abbey Rose (Hot Shot Dash-Sissy Slick), TRS Steppin Hot Shot (Hot Shot Dash-Steppin for Jet), Dora Be Quick (Special Legend-Ru Upity) & Mr Buck Ten (Storm Catcher-TB-Beduinos Heart).

TRS Justamazingpadon winnign teh Iowa Stallion Derby at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Future of Iowa Stakes

Jump N Streak winning the Future of Iowa Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Jump N Streak winning the Future of Iowa Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography

Jump N Streak (Ten Streaks - Barjump Joy, Barrera TB) 

Prairie Meadows – October 12, 2013 – by Michael Compton

Jeffrey Rutland’s Jump N Streak proved clearly best in the $68,100 Future of Iowa Stakes on Iowa Champions night at Prairie Meadows on Oct. 12.

Bred, owned and trained by Jeffery Rutland, Jump N Streak broke in sixth position under jockey Tony Guymon. It didn’t take long for the four-year-old filly to jump into contention, however, as she quickly moved up to engage for the lead. She hit the front in the lane and drove clear approaching the wire to win by 1 3/4-lengths as the 5-2 second wagering choice in the race. She covered 350-yards in :17.445 and earned a speed index of 99.

The victory was the second in as many starts this season for Jump N Streak. In her prior outing and only other start this year, she captured an allowance race at Prairie Meadows traveling 330-yards. All told, Jump N Streak has three wins and has banked $50,912 after depositing the $27,580 winners’s share from the Future of Iowa Stakes.

Jump N Streak is the first winner for her unraced dam, Barjump Joy. The daughter of Barrera (TB) has foaled additional winner Barrera Drive.

Race favorite PYC Biscuit (PYC Paint Your Wagon-West Crest Dance) flashed early lick to lead early and held 2nd for jockey Stormy Smith. Bred, owned and trained by Kirk Wessels, PYC Biscuit finished 3rd behind multiple stakes winner Eufaula Me in her previous start. Tom Lepic’s Iowa homebred PT Feature Dash (Feature Mr Jess-Youcanhearmenow) finished 3rd in an even effort under jockey Russel Hadley for trainer Kasey Willis. The 4-year-old filly is still in search of her 1st win of the season. Followed by Chasin Ettas Alibi (Skirt Chasin Alibi-Showem All Etta), A Lil Diva (Talkalota Bull-A Lil Bit Reckless), Rhinestone Ready (Spanish Boot-Purtee Snappy), TRS a Classy Dash (Hot Shot Dash-Pure Ol Class), Takin Okey Dokey (Okey Dokey Dale-Takin a Hike) & Jonah Coronas Sister (Reverend Jonah Black-Cartels Effort.

Jump N Streak winning the Future of Iowa Stakes at Prairie Meadows © Coady Photography