Call Her Hero, Dont Look Ethel Take PRM Stakes

Heavy favorite and big longshot score stakes wins at Iowa track.

October 6, 2012

Prairie Meadows presented a pair of American Quarter Horse stakes on Saturday night with the $29,932 Covered Bridges Stakes (G3) at 870 yards and the $21,600 Prairie Meadows Bonus Challenge at 350 yards.

In the Covered Bridges, 1-2 favorite Call Her Hero scored by a neck to record her fourth consecutive victory. Bred and owned by Horton Racing LLC, the 3-year-old daughter of Valiant Hero stopped the timer at :46.162 with Stormy Smith up for trainer Charlton Hunt.

Bred in Texas out of the Caller I.D. (TB) mare Shady Caller (TB), Call Her Hero had modest success last year on the straightaway with a record of 5-0-1-2. But since switching to races around the turn, the filly is undefeated in four trips to the post. She kicked off her winning streak with an eight-length maiden win at Fair Meadows and then took a trial and the final of the Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge (G3). That victory earned her a berth in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) to be held October 27 at the Iowa track. Her earnings now stand at $44,400.

Dennis Sonberg’s homebred Gunpowder Kid, an Iowa-bred gelding by Kool Quick Kid, set the early pace and held on for second. Doyles Dashing Star, a Georgia-bred mare by Heza Fast Dash, took third for lessee Rachael Stephens.

In the Prairie Meadows Bonus Challenge, Dont Look Ethel recorded a 17-1 upset for owner and trainer Matt Whitekiller. The 4-year-old mare by Streak And Dash drew clear to a 1 ¼-length victory under jockey Cody Smith and clocked the distance in :17.621. This marked the first career stakes win for Dont Look Ethel, whose record now stands at 20-6-5-4 with earnings of $92,023. Bred by Prescilla Marley out of the Marthas Six Moons mare Thelastdanceismine, Dont Look Ethel finished third in the 2010 Oklahoma Bred Futurity (RG3) at Will Rogers Downs and came into this race with two straight claiming victories.

Jorge Haddad’s homebred Giorgino, who finished second in the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1) earlier in the year, got up to take second with Hugo Barron Sierra’s Grade 3 winner Corona For You in third.