Llano Teller Tops Prairie Meadows Challenge Races

Llano Teller a headliner in the Challenge races at Prairie Meadows

September 13, 2012

Grade 1 winner Llano Teller leads the horses racing to punch their tickets to the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 27 over the track where the series-ending stakes races will be held when five Challenge Championships stakes run on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

The horses will be racing for home-track advantage in the Bank of America Challenge Championships in the $73,980 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge, $50,760 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge, $39,060 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge, $25,470 Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge and the $29,880 Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge.

The winners of these races earn an invitation to their respective Bank of America Challenge Championship races on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.

Wootan Racing and Reed Land and Cattle Co.’s Llano Teller (Teller Cartel-Annie Eye Over by Mr Eye Opener) makes his first start since a third-place run in the $250,000 Remington Park Championship (G1) in May and his Prairie Meadows debut in the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge.

Llano Teller already has a berth in the Bank of America Challenge Championship by winning the Bank of America Remington Park Challenge (G2), his sole win from three starts this year. He then was third behind defending world champion Cold Cash 123 and JLS Mr Bigtime in the Remington Park Championship.

A year ago, Llano Teller made a run at the world title when he won the Grade 1 All American and Ruidoso derbies (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. However, he was defeated by Cold Cash 123 in the Rainbow Derby (G1) and the Texas Classic Derby (G1).

Llano Teller has earned $1,672,551 with 11 wins from 22 starts.

Jorge Haddad’s homebred Giorgino (Apollo (TB)-Las Alamitos by First Down Dash) was a very close second in the Miss Polly Stakes at Delta Downs on June 30 and then was third in the Keokuk Stakes (G3), his only start at Prairie Meadows, on August 18.

In the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge, Horton Racing’s Heroes Heart (Valiant Hero-Sweethearts Quicksix by Sixarun) won his maiden in his third out with the fastest qualifying time.

Heroes Heart, trained by Charlton Hunt, won the second of two trials by half a length in :17.418 for the 350 yards. The top three qualifiers came out of this trial.

In his previous two efforts, Heroes Heart was second in a Remington Park maiden race and third in a futurity trial at Fair Meadows.

Dakota Racing’s Outlaw Memories (Illegal Runaway-Miss Speedy Memories by Leaving Memories) will be very dangerous in the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge after winning each of his three career starts. The Robert Johnson-trained gelding comes off his best effort after winning his John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge trial by a length in :17.690.

In the Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge, LMR 2011’s Huckleberry Mojito (Feature Mr Jess-Eye Opening Special by Mr Eye Opener) races for her third-straight stakes win. The Ed Hardy-trained filly set a track record while winning the Canterbury Derby in :19.625 for 400 yards and then easily handled fillies in the $25,000 Race For Hope Stakes.

Tom Maher’s Painted Lies (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Teller Lies by First Down Dash) won four-straight races before finishing second to Huckleberry Mojito in the Canterbury Derby. During his winning streak, he took the Minnesota Stallion Canterbury Derby and a $27,500 allowance race at Remington Park for trainer Amber Blair.

In the Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge, Bobby Barnett and Tommy Hays’ Painted Sable (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Sables Dash by Dash Thru Traffic) faces a contentious field of fillies and mares.

Painted Sable, trained by Hardy, won the Hill Country Stakes at the Gillespie County Fair back in July. Last year, she was second in the $133,045 Firecracker Derby and third in the Adequan Sam Houston Derby Challenge. As a freshman, she was second in the Manor Downs Futurity (G1) and qualified for the Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

Pat and Walt Fletcher’s Believers Gathering (Agouti-None As Easy by Dashin Is Easy) was second to Huckleberry Mojito in the Race For Hope Stakes and then was fifth in the Keokuk Stakes for trainer Charley Hunt.

In the Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge at 870 yards, Horton Racing’s homebred Call Her Hero (Valiant Hero-Shady Caller (TB) by Caller I.D.) tries to push her record to three-for-three at the distance when she make her stakes debut.

From the Charlton Hunt barn, the 3-year-old Call Her Hero found her home at 870 yards when she won her maiden by 8 lengths in her first start at the distance. She then backed up that impressive effort with a 1 3/4-length win in her Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge trial. Her time of :45.460 was the quickest mark from the two trials.

J. Garvin Kelly and Nancy Yearsley’s homebred Free Stater (Separatist-Free Bird Fly (TB) by Bianconi) led from gate to wire to win the other trial. The 4-year-old gelding won by a length in :45.747.

The Charley Hunt-trained gelding was second in the Red Cell Remington Park Distance Challenge (G3) and has two wins and two seconds from five tries at 870 yards.