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WRS Special Shoe Joins Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame

WRS Special Shoe one of five inductees to Iowa racetrack's hall of fame.

Press Release
July 15, 2013

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WRS Special Shoe. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The Iowa-bred gelding WRS Special Shoe is one of five to enter Prairie Meadows' hall of fame on August 2.

WRS Special Shoe was bred and raced by Gwen and Randy Williams' Williams Racing Stables Inc. of La Center, Kentucky.

He took the Iowa breeding program to new heights with a career best 112 speed index and earnings of $874,546, making him the richest-ever Iowa-bred Quarter Horse. In his career of 74 starts between 2004 and 2012, he averaged 31 percent wins and 81 percent finishes in third place, or better. He won 11 stakes, including the 2008 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1). He won 14 races at Prairie Meadows, including six stakes-level events. He is a four-time winner of Prairie Meadows’ Terrace Hill Stakes (2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011.)

‘The Shoe,’ as he was commonly known across the nation’s racing circles, amassed 1,038 points and set two track records at 330 yards at Prairie Meadows, first in 2006 (:16.603) and later in 2010 (:16.336).

He raced 37 times in graded stakes competition, winning nine of those events. In 2004, he earned his register of merit and in 2005 he earned his Superior Race Horse title.

The others being inducted into the Altoona, Iowa racetrack's hall of fame are Lynette Rasmussen and Kurt Rasmussen, the husband and wife team that has been instrumental in business and legislative efforts on behalf of Prairie Meadows, veteran Thoroughbred trainer Kelly Von Hemel and the Thoroughbred Miss Macy Sue.