Iowa Classics Day Recap

Iowa Classics Day Recap

Four stakes restricted to state-bred American Quarter Horses were run Saturday at Prairie Meadows.

SFS Alice Strikes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Saturday's Iowa Classics Day program at Prairie Meadows featured four state-bred American Quarter Horse stakes.

Following is a recap of all four stakes:

Jim Bader Futurity (R)
Fastest qualifier Racing The Rails raced to a half-length victory in Saturday's $129,020 Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred 2-year-olds.

Racing for Ricky Neff and trainer Tony Jones, Racing The Rails went 350 yards in :17.856. Cody Smith rode the bay daughter of Freighttrain B.

Racing The Rails was bred by Robert S. Brown. The filly was coming off of a head win in the second of three trials on September 10.

Campaigned exclusively at Prairie Meadows, Racing The Rails has won three of five starts, and the $60,639 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory increased her earnings to $77,342. The filly's record includes a fifth-place finish, 2 1/4 lengths behind winner Dashin Davey Crocket, in the 330-yard, $74,000 Hawkeye Futurity (R) for Iowa-breds on July 9.

Lil Racy Blu was second and was followed by Dashin Davey Crocket, EC Wagon, Duke Of Cartel, Tuffazznailz, TS Attack The End, and Joda Tempting Jet.

Polk County Derby (R)
SFS Alice Strikes, a homebred daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess campaigned by Sunflower Stables LLC, won Saturday's 400-yard, $112,560 Polk County Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores.

Ridden by Cristian Esqueda for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill, SFS Alice Strikes defeated fastest qualifier and 11-10 favorite Rakin In Mo by a half of a length in :20.137. The sorrel filly earned $50,652 from her third lifetime stakes victory.

SFS Alice Strikes was rebounding off of her sixth-place finish in one of two Polk County Derby trials on September 17. The filly is out of So Striking, a winning daughter of Corona Cartel who ran second in the 2007 West Texas Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

SFS Alice Strikes was winning for the fourth time in 11 starts and boosting her bankroll to $182,091. Her record includes victories in the July 9, $62,000 Cyclone Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds, and last year's $153,000 Jim Bader Futurity (R).

Lil Pete El Soruyo, Colies Kiss, Vals Sizzling Lips, Candy And Corona, Tell Her Hes Candy, Lil Pistol Pete, Kool Aid Wagon, and Famous Coronado completed the order of finish.

Terrace Hill Stakes (R)
Sent to post as the 3-2 second choice in a field of seven Iowa-bred sprinters, B/B Wessels LLC's Iris Royal Jess sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's $50,000 Terrace Hill Stakes (R).

Iris Royal Jess went 400 yards in :19.655. Cristian Esqueda rode the 7-year-old Captain Courage gelding for trainer Alex Wessels.

Iris Royal Jess was bred by Warren Garrels, and he was coming off of a head victory in the August 6, 350-yard Cy-Hawk Stakes (R). The gelding has won 13 of 20 races -- all at Prairie Meadows -- and the $24,000 winner's share of the purse from his sixth lifetime stakes win increased his bankroll to $275,644.

Iris Royal Jess' five wins in six races at the 400-yard distance include the last two runnings of the Terrace Hill Stakes.

CR Appollitical Joe, the 4-5 favorite, ran second and was followed by TS Perry Kool, Elbullseye, Loaded Resume, Iris Cowboy Casanova, and Kornfusion.

Future Of Iowa Stakes (R)
Streakin Jesszee rallied to win Saturday's $50,000 Future of Iowa Stakes (R) for state-bred fillies and mares.

Trained by Alex Wessels for owner Jeff State, Streakin Jesszee covered 350 yards in :17.890, and her margin of victory was a half of a length from Kays Dynasty. Stormy Smith rode the 6-year-old brown daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry.

Streakin Jesszee was bred by Joe B. Allen and Dallas Blakley, and she was winning this stakes for the third consecutive year. All told, the mare has won six of 19 starts -- including four of nine at the 350-yard trip -- and the $24,000 winner's share of the purse from her third career stakes score pushed her earnings to $132,499.

Louisiana Wagon, TRS Amazing Gracie, Apollitical Queen, Rmlilkoolprincess, and Mr Kool Rancherita completed the order of finish.

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