Big Weekend at Prairie Meadows

Stakes horses out in force at Prairie Meadows.

Q-Racing Journal
October 10, 2013

A stakes-dominated weekend starts on Friday night at Prairie Meadows when promising fastest-qualifier This Candys Awesome races in the $282,250 Valley Junction Futurity (G3) and the sharp fastest-qualifier Kuhl Wave headlines the $146,800 Altoona Derby (G3).

Also on the program are older horses competing in the $45,000 Two Rivers Stakes (G3).

Then, on Saturday night, Iowa-bred horses dominate a program nearly filled with stakes races.

Carl Pevehouse’s homebred This Candys Awesome (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Jess Send Candy by Mr Jess Perry) looks like a filly with a bright future. She has won two of three starts, with a fifth-place run in the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) back in June at Remington Park. After that race, the Clinton Crawford-trained filly was off until the Valley Junction Futurity trials. She returned with a smashing 2 1/4-length win in the second of seven trials. Her time of :17.383 easily led the qualifiers.

Southern Rose Ranch’s homebred Sleepers Best Corona (Coronas Prospect-Call Me The Sleeper by Strawfly Special) turned in a :17.594 time for the second-fastest mark. Also a promising youngster with two wins from three starts, Sleepers Best Corona won his maiden two starts ago and returned to win his Valley Junction Futurity trial by three-quarters of a length for trainer Kasey Willis.

Miguel Banuelos’ Kuhl Wave (Wave Carver-Shazooms Doll by Shazoom) chases her third win and second stakes win in her latest four outs when she starts in the Altoona Derby (G3). Her sole setback during this span was a close third-place finish when she was beaten by a neck as the even-money choice in the $53,100 Keokuk Stakes (G3).

Before the Keokuk, Kuhl Wave won the Merial Arapahoe Distaff Challenge. She followed the Keokuk with a one-half-length win in her Altoona Derby trial. The Jose Ibarra-trained mare won the fourth of four trials as the 11-10 favorite by one-half length, with the top time of :19.664 for 400 yards.

Alexia Mehrle’s Spit Curl American (Spit Curl Jess-American Dove by Toast To Dash) was second behind Kuhl Wave with the second-fastest time of :19.724. The Kasey Willis-trainee came into his trial off a length win in a conditioned allowance race as the odds-on favorite.

In the $45,000 Two Rivers Stakes, Wade Siegel and Don Boyles’ BF Farm Boy (Hawkinson-Shirleys Strawfly by Strawfly Special) tries to rebound after a horrid trip in the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge (G2) when he lost all chance at the start. The William Harris-trained gelding won the $22,900 Great Lake Stakes at Canterbury Park and the Keokuk Stakes at Prairie Meadows in his two outs before the being sent off at 2-1 odds in the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge.