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Iowa Champions Night at Prairie Meadows

State-breds take spotlight on closing night at Iowa track.

October 11, 2013

Vernon Hammes’ fastest-qualifier TRS Amazing Zach tries to back up his upset trial score in the $135,700 Jim Bader Futurity (R), which highlights the richest race among the six stakes races for Iowa-based horses during Iowa Quarter Horse Champions Night on Saturday at Prairie Meadows.

Iowa Quarter Horse Champions Night is the closing program for the American Quarter Horse season at the Iowa track.

TRS Amazing Zach (Just Amazing Zach-Trsd Maes Dash by Hot Shot Dash) was sent off at 18-1 odds in his Bader trial but surprised in the first of two trials with a neck victory to win his maiden in his seventh start. He raced the 350 yards in :17.821.

The gelding showed potential when he was third in the IQHRA Sale Futurity (R), but then was not claimed when he was dropped into a $20,000 maiden-claiming race two starts ago.

Jim Harvey’s Kisser Quick (Country Quick Dash-Rodeo Rona by Cowboys Rodeo) also surprised with a maiden win in her trial when she won by a nose with the second-fastest time of :17.827. The Kasey Willis-trained filly was a 16-1 long shot after finishing second in a $20,000 maiden-claiming race and sixth in a maiden race in her two other starts.

In the $91,700 Polk County Derby (R), the top-two finishers in last year’s Bader Futurity — Tellher To Fly (Teller Cartel-Two Sick Two Fly by Strawfly Special) and Catchin Fire (Chicks A Blazin-Rodeo Rona by Cowboys Rodeo) — are back.

Robert Brown and Sandra Brown’s Tellher To Fly has not won since taking the Bader by one-half length a year ago. However, the Brent Clay-trained filly could be coming into winning form after coming off a layoff to finish second in a $22,000 Prairie Meadows’ allowance race on September 13.

Thomas Lepic’s Catching Fire, a half-sister to Bader contender Kisser Quick, won the 2012 IQHRA Sale Futurity and held on to take a conditioned allowance race by a nose as the 6-5 favorite in her latest start.

In the $60,000 Terrace Hill Stakes (RG3), John Lawless’ Eufaula Me (Okey Dokey Dale-Yawls Spreadn Rumors by Serious Rumors) comes off an impressive 2 ¼- length allowance win as the even-money choice. A year ago, the Brent Clay-trained gelding won the Polk County Derby and the Iowa Double Gold Derby, and he then started his 2013 season with a close second in the Eastex Handicap (G2) at Remington Park.

In the $60,000 Future of Iowa Stakes (R) for fillies and mares, the Jeffrey T. Rutland-owned and -trained Jump N Streak (Ten Streaks-Barjump Joy by Barrera (TB)) faces a contentious field when she tries for her first stakes win. She will be making a big class jump after winning her maiden three starts ago and coming off a 2 ½-length conditioned allowance win.

In the $59,600 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R), a race filled with maidens, Ricky Neff and Tony Dean Jones’ Bulleader (Talkalota Bull-Special Bold Chick by Special Leader) nearly won his latest start when he was beaten by a nose. That was only his second out, so he figures to step forward off of that effort.

In the $51,000 Iowa Stallion Derby (R), last year’s Iowa Stallion Futurity winner Immahotdude (Hot Shot Dash-Lews Little Shakem by Shake Em Open) is after his first win this year after finishing off the board in two starts. The Tony Dean Jones-trained gelding won three of four starts last year, capped by his one-half length win in the Iowa Stallion Futurity as the 13-10 favorite.