'PYC,' Charette-Hill Have Big Night at PRM

Trainer Charette-Hill sweeps rich derby and futurity with PYC Paint Your Wagon runners.

October 14, 2012

Stallion PYC Paint Your Wagon and trainer Stacy Charette-Hill swept two rich stakes on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows as Ride My Wagon took the $209,751 Valley Junction Futurity (G3) and Corona Mit Go captured the $89,622 Altoona Derby (G3). The card also featured the $67,034 Two Rivers Stakes (G3).

In the Valley Junction, Charette-Hill sent out John Hudson’s Ride My Wagon to a nose victory under jockey David Brown. The Oklahoma-bred filly, sent off as the tepid 3-1 favorite, dashed 350 yards in :17.674.

Ride My Wagon began her career in Oklahoma, where she broke her maiden at Fair Meadows before moving on to Prairie Meadows and winning an allowance race and a Valley Junction trial with the fastest qualifying time. The filly has won four of six starts with earnings of $104,139.

Ride My Wagon is now one of 32 stakes winners sired by PYC Paint Your Wagon, whose progeny have earned more than $3 million this year to lead all sires by earnings. Ride My Wagon, who was bred by Henry and Linda Bowlan, is the third stakes winner out of the stakes-placed Shawne Bug mare Shawne Kate, whose 15 runners have combined to earn more than $700,000.

Wade Helton and Bradley Hale’s HH Guns Drawn, a gelding by Jess Louisiana Blue who won the Iowa Double Gold Futurity (RG3) at Prairie Meadows, just missed the victory and finished second. Circle S Ranch Inc.’s homebred Her Painted Wagon, a previously-undefeated daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon, took third.

In the Altoona Derby, Corona Mit Go picked up the victory for Charette-Hill and breeders/owners Mikel and Christie Donahue. Charette-Hill also saddled a pair of allowance winners on the card. Corona Mit Go, sent off at 8-1, held on to win by a neck with a 400-yard clocking in :19.728 under Cody Jensen.

Oklahoma-bred Corona Mit Go has excelled as a 3-year-old after struggling through her 2-year-old campaign without hitting the board in five starts. After a seven-month break following her juvenile year, she returned to the races at Remington Park and promptly broke her maiden in her first start as a 3-year-old. She then won two allowance races at Prairie Meadows before finishing third in her Altoona Derby trial. With a record of 10-4-0-2, she has banked $65,308. Corona Mit Go is out of the Himito Dancer mare Missy Mit Go, who is also the dam of 2005 Altoona Derby winner Mr Chivato To You. That Dash To Chivato gelding also won the Grade 1 Retama Park Derby and Refrigerator Handicap.

A.C. Taylor’s homebred Specials Gold, a gelding by Voghts Gold, closed well to take second. John Lawless’ Eufaula Me, an Iowa-bred gelding by Okey Dokey Dale with two previous stakes wins at Prairie Meadows, got up for third. Odds-on favorite Cruzin The Wagon, a four-time stakes-winning filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon, finished fourth after being bumped at the start and pushed her earnings over the $300,000 mark.

The Two Rivers Stakes went to Warren Garrels’ homebred Iris Cartelsbadnews, who drew clear to win the 440-yard race by a length under Berkley Packer in a time of :21.748. Amy Wessels trains the 5-year-old Iowa-bred by Agouti.

This marked Iris Cartelsbadnews’ first stakes win after several close efforts with three stakes-placings at Prairie Meadows and Canterbury Park. The gelding has won eight of 17 career starts with three seconds, two third and earnings of $164,660.

Christine Hovey’s Hollywood Trickster, who came in after two consecutive stakes wins at Canterbury, finished second with Juan Cano’s Mr Comando in third.