Six Challenge Tickets Punched at Prairie Meadows

Iowa track cards a full slate of Bank of America Challenge events.
September 15, 2013

Six horses at Prairie Meadows punched their tickets on Saturday night to compete in the Bank of America Challenge Championships scheduled for November 9 at Los Alamitos Race Course. The annual championship night of racing will be held during the AQHA Racing Conference set for November 6-9 in Cypress, California. Following is a recap of the five Challenge races:

Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2)
The lightly raced Badfast got his first career stakes win following a game effort in the $72,530 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2). Making only his fourth official lifetime start, the FDD Dynasty stallion defeated A Plain Brown Rapper by a nose. Lethal Volt finished a head back in the third.

Jockey Jose Montoya rode Badfast over the 440 yards in :21.832, a 93 speed index, into a 20 mph headwind. He earned $33,368 for the effort and picked up a starting spot in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1).

Rolando Almanza trains Badfast for owner Junior's Quarter Horses Inc. Robert and Karen Nunnally bred the stallion in Texas from the Chicks Beduino mare Hempen Chick. He came into the race off a maiden victory at Arapahoe Park on August 11.

Full Circle Racing's A Plain Brown Rapper just missed as a longshot under jockey Oscar Delgado. Greg Watson trains the Arizona bred son of A Regal Choice out of Belles A Lady, by Corona Cartel. Bred by Toni and Lloyd Yother, A Plain Brown Rapper earned $14,508.

Lethal Volt, a finalist in the All American Futurity (G1) at 2, races for Gene White, Dan Adams and P.K. Thomas. Bred by Thomas, the Texas-bred gelding by Volcom is trained by Kasey Willis and was ridden by Russel Hadley. He is out of the Chicks Beduino mare Miss Lethal.

Completing the field was Jess A Runner, BF Farm Boy, Joltin Jess, American Spit Curl, One Famous Hero, Giorgino, Ultimate Wave, Exciting The Planet and Wagon Empire.

Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge (G3)
Miguel Banuelos' PYC Pick Your Pocket rallied strongly to catch Heroes Heart by a neck in the $43,110 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge (G3). Sooner Country Babe finished three-quarters of a length back in the show position.

Jockey Raul Ramirez Jr. rode PYC Pick Your Pocket to her first stakes win while covering the 400 yards in :19.822, a 93 speed index, into a 15 mph headwind. The $19,831 winner’s purse pushed her career earnings to $37,167.

Jose Ibarra trains the Oklahoma-bred daughter of leading sire PYC Paint Your Wagon out of Bold Aldebaran, by Bold Episode. Sammy Hester is the breeder. PYC Pick Your Pocket also earned a starter spot in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1).

Last year's John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) winner Heros Heart finished second for owner Horton Racing LLC. Charlton Hunt trains the Valiant Hero filly out of Sweethearts Quicksix, by Sixarun. Ridden by Stormy Smith, Heros Heart earned $8,622 for the effort.

Sooner Country Babe's third-place effort broke a three-race win streak for the County Chicks Man filly out of Sooner Take Greene, by Takin On The Cash. Stacy Charette-Hill trains the homebred for David Rath. Jorge Torres was up to earn $4,311.

Completing the field was Dash Master Jess, Hastabealeader, Outlaw Memories, Snowy Vengeance, Also A Feature, Ianna and Tygers Painted Girl.

John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge
Valiant Widsom, a gelding by leading third-crop sire Valiant Hero, dug in gamely to get his second career win with a three-quarter length effort over Wicked Valentine in the $41,670 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge. Fastest qualifier I Don’t Need Nobody showed late interest to finish third.

Ridden by Storm Smith for trainer Charlton Hunt, Valiant Wisdom completed the 350 yards in :17.659, a 93 speed index, into a 20 mph headwind. The $19,160 winner's purse boosted his career total to nearly $25,000 after four starts.

Racing for William and Mary Robertson, the Oklahoma-bred could make his next start in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2). Lana Merrick bred the bay gelding from the Special Leader mare Special Wisdom.

Brad and Ann Tate's homebred Wicked Valentine earned $8,334 for his second-place effort. Still winless in five starts this season, the One Famous Eagle homebred is also trained by Charlton Hunt. Juan Vazquez had the riding assignment aboard the Oklahoma-bred gelding out of Only The Wicked, by First Down Dash.

I Dont Need Nobody races for J K Running Horses LLC. Kenny Laymon trains the Jess Louisiana Blue gelding out of Katiebug Driver, by My Designated Driver. Ridden by Thomas Wellington, the sorrel earned $4,167 for his effort.

Carpe Diem Drew, Sallye Rand, Tres Bubbles, Kateillac, Jess Shaky and Made For Romance completed the John Deere Juvenile field.

Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge
Christie and Mikel Donahue's homebred Corona Mit Go punched her ticket for California following a powerful effort to win the $30,510 Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge by three-quarters over Im A Feature Girl. Girls Dont Seis finished a head back in third.

Third at the break, jockey Jorge Torres hustled Corona Mit Go to her sixth career win. The PYC Paint Your Wagon 4-year-old completed the 400 yards in :19.998 into a 10 mph headwind. The victory was worth $14,035 as well as getting her starting spot in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1).

Ima Feature Girl rallied to finish second for owner Jorge Haddad and trainer Brent Clay. J.E. III, D.C. and C.T. Jumonville bred the Feature Mr Jess mare in Louisiana. Ridden by Berkley Packer she earned $6,102 for the effort. Ima Feature Girl is out of This Girl Is Special, by Special Effort.

Coming off an allowance win on August 9 at Canterbury Park, Girls Dont Seis put in a good effort for owner Merrit Pride and John Witte. The Tres Seis 3-year-old is bred and trained by Pride and ridden by Doug Frink. She is out of the First Down Dash mare Girling.

Feelin The Fever, Notdonebaby, Miss JP Washer, Painted Sable, Alteza, Ms Jesse Belle and Whos de Winna completed the field.

Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge(G3)
Call Her Hero, fourth in the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows last fall, rolled to a six-length win in the $28,260 Red Cell Prairie Meadows Distance Challenge (G3). The win secured her return spot in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1).

Under jockey Stormy Smith, Call Her Hero was second at the start but took the lead at the quarter-pole and pulled away covering the 870-yard course in :45.904, a 93 speed index. It was her fourth career win at the Iowa oval and the $13,848 winner purse pushed her career total to $82,676.

Charlton Hunt trains the Valiant Hero filly for owner/breeder Horton Racing LLC. Bred in Texas, the multiple graded stakes winner is from the Caller I.D. (TB) mare Shady Caller (TB).

Zonic Zoom races for owner Movin On and is trained by Mike Taylor. Roger Buening rode the Shazoom gelding out of Miss Truckle Sign, by Vital Sign. Bred in Oklahoma by George Temple, the 4-year-old picked up $5,935 for the effort.

Sr Achilles finished 2 ¼ lengths back in the show position for owner Dream Champ Racing. Clemente Hurtado trains the Apollo (TB) 7-year-old with Erik McNeil riding. Gary Vaughan bred Sr Achilles in Oklahoma from the Whirling Fastball mare Lady Of Olene. He earned $2,967.

Completing the field was Sassy Suzze, Jesswatchme, Airizon and Maggie Redmond.

Zoetis Prairie Meadows Starter Allowance Challenge
Coming off an off-the-board performance at Remington Park in his last start, Prime Country was an easy 1 ¾-length winner over A Shore Thing in the $18,000 Zoetis Prairie Meadows Starter Allowance Challenge. The Sizzling Cartel finished a neck back in the show position.

Under jockey Juan Vazquez, Prime Country picked up his fourth career win in 21 starts for owner Lovardo Padilla. The 4-year-old Country Chicks Man gelding completed the 350 yards in :17.647 seconds, a 93 speed index. The $8,640 winner's purse swelled his career bankroll to over $36,000.

The Clemente Hurtado trainee also secured a starting spot in the $75,000 Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge Championship. Kim Kessinger bred Prime Country in California from the Corona Cartel mare Mamaimcominhome.

Cummings Cattle Co.'s A Shore Thing earned $3,690 for trainer Greg Watson. The Shady Lane Stables Alberta-bred 5-year-old is by Ocean Runaway from the Chicks Beduino mare Sheza Special Chick. Oscar Delgado had the riding assignment.

The Sizzling Cartel, by second-crop sire Coronas Leaving You, races for owner Glenda Sapp and trainer Charlton Hunt. Bob and Jerry Gaston bred the Texas-bred gelding from the First Down Dash mare First Tea Rose. Ridding by Stormy Smith, he earned $1,800 for the effort.

Completing the Zoetis field was Furious Styles, R Jesse James, Cupid 123, Boogie Board and Regards To Broadway.