Iowa-breds Shine at Prairie Meadows

Jockey Berkley Packer wins half of the six stakes.

October 12, 2013

Prairie Meadows on Saturday brought its American Quarter Horse meet to a close with Iowa Champions Night with six stakes races. The first three on the card all went to jockey Berkley Packer, beginning with the $91,700 Polk County Derby (R). With a field of just four after three scratches, 1-2 favorite Carters Crown dominated with a two-length victory. Trained by Kirk Wessels and owned by Kay Sage, Carters Crown stopped the timer at :19.514 for 400 yards to earn his first stakes win.

Bred by Summer Hill Farm LLC and sired by Carters Cartel, Carters Crown put together a three-race winning streak at Prairie Meadows with a maiden and allowance score before taking the Polk County Derby. His earnings now stand at $59,985.

Tom Lepic’s Catchin Fire had an early lead and held on for second with Tellher To Fly in third for owners Robert and Sandra Brown.

In the $59,600 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R), Packer rode Leonard Reed’s homebred Leterfly to a nose victory over favored Bulleader. Leterfly, a filly by the Corona Cartel stallion Talkalota Bull, ran 350 yards in :17.943. The filly, who was the second stakes winner on the card for trainer Kirk Wessels, had finished fourth and second against maiden foes prior to this race, and her earnings now stand at $27,794 after her first victory.

Talkalota Bull also sired the runner-up Bulleader, who runs for owners Tony Dean Jones and Ricky Neff. Vernon Hammes’ TRS Dash Of Cinnamon, a gelding by Hot Shot Dash, finished third.

Packer’s third win came in the Terrace Hill Stakes (RG3) for older horses as John Lawless’ Eufaula Me picked up career victory number nine in his 19th start. The 4-year-old Okey Dokey Dale gelding, who was bred by Sheri Lynn Andrew and is trained by Brent Clay, prevailed by three-parts of a length as the 7-10 favorite. He ran 400 yards in :19.584.

Eufaula Me now has a record of 19-9-4-2 with earnings of $253,518. The Iowa-bred has won in three consecutive years on Iowa Champions Night after taking the Jim Bader Futurity in 2011 and the Polk County Derby last year.

Kay Sage’s Wheres Your Wagon, the winner of the Polk County Derby in 2011, took second with Brent and Karen Clay’s Shake Em Streakin in third.

Owner/breeder Vernon Hammes and trainer Ronald Sayre swept the exacta with progeny of Jess Amazing Jess in the $51,000 Iowa Stallion Derby (R) as TRS Justamazingpadon defeated TRS Just Like Nate by three-quarters of a length in :20.104 for 400 yards. Thomas Wellington rode the winner.

TRS Justamazingpadon finished off the board in his career debut and has since been no worse than third in nine starts. This marked his second win and first stakes victory, and it pushed his earnings to $50,547.

Larry and Regina Wessels’ Ithinkimhotwo, a gelding by Hot Shot Dash, closed for third.

In the $68,100 Future of Iowa Stakes (R) for older fillies and mares, Jump N Streak drew clear to a 1 ¾-length victory with Tony Guymon in the irons for owner, trainer and breeder Jeffrey Rutland. Jump N Streak sprinted 350 yards in :17.445 as the 5-2 second choice.

A 4-year-old daughter of Ten Streaks, Jump N Streak recorded her second victory in as many starts this year after winning an allowance race in September. She broke her maiden last year at Prairie Meadows, and she has now banked $50,912 with three career wins.

PYC Biscuit, by PYC Paint Your Wagon, took second for owner, trainer and breeder Kirk Wessels, and PT Feature Dash finished third for owner Tom Lepic.

The richest and final of the six stakes was the $135,700 Jim Bader Futurity (R), and Diana Spieker’s homebred Big Boys Joy bounced back from a fifth-place finish in the trials to score the victory. David Brown piloted the Royal Shake Em gelding for trainer Verle Bohner with a 350-yard clocking in :17.772.

With the addition of a maiden win in August, Big Boys Joy has earned $64,329 in his short career.

Williams Racing Stables Inc.’s WRS Jessarabbit, a maiden filly by Agouti, took second at odds of 20-1, and Ken Denning’s Teller Cartel gelding Justa Cartel got third.