Chi Ter Captures Keokuk

Veteran gelding takes opening night feature at Iowa racetrack.

August 19, 2012

Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa, opened its American Quarter Horse meet on Friday night with the featured $51,750 Keokuk Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds and up going 400 yards. The betting public made multiple stakes winners Chi Ter and Cruzin the Wagon the only two horses in the field with odds of less than 7-1, and they proved to be correct as Chi Ter scored by three-quarters of a length at odds of 7-2 while even-money favorite Cruzin The Wagon finished a clear second.

With Jesus Salazar riding for trainer Jackie Kirby and owner Mary Passmore Kirby, Chi Ter broke sharply from post four and drew clear to stop the timer at :19.470 for a 104 speed index. Bred in Oklahoma by Herb and Doris Pierce, Chi Ter has now won six stakes, including the 2010 Altoona Derby (G3) at Prairie Meadows. The 5-year-old son of Granite Lake has a career record of 36-15-5-4 with earnings of $376,608.

Terry and Mary Louise Pursel’s Cruzin The Wagon, who came into the race with a record of nine wins, including four stakes victories, in just 11 career starts, finished 1 ¼ lengths clear of third-place finisher Giorgino. A 3-year-old filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon, Cruzin The Wagon captured last year’s Valley Junction Futurity (G3) at Prairie Meadows and is closing in on $300,000 in earnings.

Jorge Haddad’s homebred Giorgino, a Grade 2 winner who finished second in the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1) earlier this year, got up to take third.