Challenge Filled Night at Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows hosts handful of Challenge races.

Q-Racing Journal
September 12, 2013

The interesting entry of Ultimate Wave and Badfast in the $70,000 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2) heads the Prairie Meadows regional finals Saturday night at the Iowa track.

There are five other Bank of America Racing Challenge races on the program and all of the winners qualify to run in their respective races during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on November 9 at Los Alamitos.

Racing for Junior’s Quarter Horses and trainer Rolando Almanza, the entry of Ultimate Wave (Wave Carver-Eye For Corona by Corona Cartel) and Badfast (FDD Dynasty-Hempen Chick by Chicks Beduino) is the 3-1 favorite on the morning line and each horse brings an interesting history into the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge.

Ultimate Wave is the stronger half of the entry, however he has not raced since winning the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) nearly a year ago at Prairie Meadows. That victory capped the three-race winning streak that included a 2 1/4-length romp in the Adequan Arapahoe Derby Challenge.

Badfast takes a huge class jump after winning an Arapahoe Park maiden race on his most recent start as the 4-5 favorite. That was his fourth career start and first time he finished on the board.

Don Boyle and Wade Siegel’s BF Farm Boy (Hawkinson-Shirleys Strawfly by Strawfly Special) comes off a win in the Keokuk Stakes (G3) over the Prairie Meadows track and fits very well at this level. Back in the spring, the brother to champion Strawkins was a close third in the Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2), and two starts ago, he easily won the Great Lakes Stakes at Canterbury Park for trainer William Harris.

Dan Adams, P.K. Thomas and Gene White’s Lethal Volt (Volcom-Miss Lethal by Chicks Beduino) should be dangerous for trainer Kasey Willis with his career-long stakes resume.

An All American Futurity (G1) qualifier and Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) runner-up at 2, Lethal Volt came back at 3 to finish third in the $174,000 Dash For Cash Derby (G2) and contest the Texas Classic Derby (G1). Earlier this year, while racing for trainer Trey Wood, he was second in the Sam Houston Classic (G2) and third in the TQHA Sires Stakes (R).

In the $30,000 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge (G3), David Rath’s homebred Sooner Country Babe (Country Chicks Man-Sooner Take Greene by Takin On The Cash) comes off a track-record effort when she chases her fourth-straight win. She established a new 400-yard track standard in her trial when she was timed in :19.445 in the first of two trials.

Horton Racing’s homebred Heroes Heart (Valiant Hero-Sweethearts Quicksix by Sixarun) won the other trial and came through with the second-fastest time of :19.446 and just missed the top-qualifying time and new track record. The Charlton Hunt-trained filly won the trial by three quarters of a length for her first win from three starts this year for trainer Charlton Hunt.

In the $30,000 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge, JK Running Horses’ I Dont Need Nobody (Jess Louisiana Blue-Katiebug Driver by My Designated Driver) won his maiden in his fourth start when he won his trial with the fastest-qualifying time of :17.492 for 350 yards. The Kenny Laymon-trained gelding was second in a Remington Park maiden race and third in a Fair Meadows maiden race.

Brad and Ann Tate’s homebred Wicked Valentine (One Famous Eagle-Only The Wicked by First Down Dash) is still a maiden after four starts, but has the second-fastest qualifying time of :17.526 by finishing behind I Dont Need Nobody for trainer Charlton Hunt.

Hunt also saddles third-fastest qualifier and trial winner Valiant Wisdom (Valiant Hero-Simple Wisdom by Special Leader) for owners William and Mary Robertson and fourth-fastest qualifier and 2 ½-length trial winner Sallye Rand (Separatist-Answer The Dream by Tres Seis) for Lloyd Yother.

In the $25,000 Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge, Dream Champ Racing’s SR Achilles (Apollo (TB)-Lady Of Olene by Whirling Fastball) faces a contentious field while trying for his third-straight win. The Clemente Hurtado-trained gelding won a Fair Meadows 870-yard allowance race and then defeated Oklahoma-bred 870-yard specialists in the Walter Merrick Stakes (R) at Fair Meadows.

Horton Racing’s Call Her Hero (Valiant Hero-Shady Caller (TB) by Caller I.D.) has won four of seven starts at Prairie Meadows and comes off a sharp win at Prairie Meadows. The Charlton Hunt-trained mare went to the lead in an 870-yard allowance race and rolled to a 1 1/2-length score.

In the $22,500 Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge, Bob Moore Farms’ Painted Sable (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Sables Dash by Dash Thru Traffic) returns to Prairie Meadows after finishing second in last year’s $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1). In her start before that second-place run, she won the Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge as the 6-5 favorite.

Christie and Mikel Donahue’s homebred Corona Mit Go (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Missy Mit Go by Himito Dancer) looks for a stakes win after finishing second by a head in the Juno Request Stakes (G2) at Remington Park and third by a neck in the Race For Hope at Canterbury Park as the 7-10 choice.

In the $15,000 Zoetis Prairie Meadows Starter Allowance Challenge, Stacy and Randy Hill’s Regards To Broadway (Chicks Regard-Banana Bambi by Streakin Six) won a conditioned $10,000 claiming race two starts ago and then was second in a $15,000 optional-claiming race. Both of those outs were at Canterbury Park.