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Prairie Meadows Releases Stakes Schedule

Bank of America Challenge Championships headline meet.

January 21, 2012

Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows' fall American Quarter Horse meet will have its richest stakes schedule ever, capped by the $1-million Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 27.

The 27-day meet will average more than a stakes race per day from August 18 to October 27, offering 33 stakes worth more than $2.5 million combined. Eighteen stakes will be on closing weekend, with Iowa Champions Night for Iowa-breds being on Friday, October 26, and the Challenge Championships on Saturday, October 27.

The Challenge Championships are Quarter Horse racing's year-end championship, with six major races for different ages and sexes. It is headed by the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), in which four of its winners have been named the year's word champion.

Twelve of the meet's stakes are graded including the first Grade 1 races ever held at Prairie Meadows - the Bank of America Challenge Championship at 440 yards; the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship at 400 yards; and the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship at 870 yards, all on closing night.

Prairie Meadows will have its regional Challenge races on September 15, with the winners of the six races advancing to the national finals.

Three of Prairie Meadows' traditional biggest races will be run on October 13 — the Valley Junction Futurity (G3) for 2-year-olds with an estimated purse of $225,000; the Altoona Derby (G3) for 3-year-olds with an estimated purse of $100,000, and the $45,000 Two Rivers Stakes (G3) for older horses.

PRAIRIE MEADOWS' 2012 QUARTER HORSE STAKES SCHEDULE
Aug. 18 — Keokuk (G3), $45,000 added, 3-and-up, 400 yards.
Sept. 1 — Iowa Double Gold Futurity (RG3), $100,000 est., 2-year-olds, 350 yards.
Sept. 2 — Iowa Double Gold Derby (R), $70,000 est., 3-year-olds, 400 yards.
Sept. 2 — IQHRA Sale Futurity (R), $37,500, 2-year-olds, 350 yards.
Sept. 15 — Pfizer Prairie Meadows Starter Allowance Challenge, $15,000 added, 3-and-up, 350 yards.
Sept. 15 — Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge (G3), $22,500 added, 3-and-up, 870 yards.
Sept. 15 — Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge (G3), $30,000 added, 3-year-olds, 400 yards.
Sept. 15 — Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge, $22,500 added, 3-and-up fillies & mares, 400 yards.
Sept. 15 — John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge, $30,000 added, 2-year-olds, 350 yards.
Sept. 15 — Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2), $70,000 added, 3-and-up, 440 yards.
Oct. 6 — Prairie Meadows Bonus Challenge, $20,000 added, 3-and-up, 350 yards.
Oct. 6 — Covered Bridges (G3), $25,000 added, 3-and-up, 870 yards.
Oct. 13 — Altoona Derby (G3), $100,000 est., 3-year-olds, 400 yards.
Oct. 13 — Valley Junction Futurity (G3), $225,000 est., 2-year-olds, 350 yards.
Oct. 13 — Two Rivers (G3), $45,000, 3-and-up added, 440 yards.
Oct. 26 — Iowa Stallion Futurity (R), $40,000 added, 2-year-olds, 350 yards.
Oct. 26 — Iowa Stallion Derby (R), $30,000 added, 3-year-olds, 400 yards.
Oct. 26 — Future of Iowa (Iowa-bred), $60,000 added, 3-and-up fillies & mares, 350 yards.
Oct. 26 — Jim Bader Futurity (Iowa-bred), $125,000 est., 2-year-olds, 350 yards.
Oct. 26 — Polk County Derby (Iowa-bred), $100,000 est., 3-year-olds, 400 yards.
Oct. 26 — Terrace Hill (RG3, Iowa-bred), $60,000 added, 3-and-up, 400 yards.
Oct. 26 — Nutrena Starter Allowance, $25,000, 3-and-up, 350 yards.
Oct. 26 — AQHA Challenge Distance Stakes, $25,000, 3-and-up, 870- yards.
Oct. 27 — Markel Stakes, $25,000, 2-year-olds, 350 yards.
Oct. 27 — John Deere Stakes, $25,000, 3-year-olds, 400 yards.
Oct. 27 — AQHA Members Plus Stakes, $25,000, 3-and-up fillies & mares, 400 yards.
Oct. 27 — Farnham Stakes, $25,000, 3-and-up, 440 yards.
Oct. 27 — Pfizer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship, $75,000, 3-and-up, 350 yards.
Oct. 27 — John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2), $150,000, 2-year-olds, 350 yards.
Oct. 27 — Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2), $200,000, 3-year-olds, 400 yards.
Oct. 27 — Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1), $125,000, 3-and-up, 870 yards.
Oct. 27 — Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1), $125,000, 3-and-up fillies & mares, 400 yards.
Oct. 27 — Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), $350,000, 3-and-up, 440 yards.