At Prairie Meadows on Saturday, the fields were set for the 350-yard, $219,894 Valley Junction Futurity (G3) and 400-yard, $111,620 Polk County Derby (R), both of which will be contested on October 12.
Southern Sunshine, a daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon campaigned by Leann J. Burns, is the fastest qualifier to the Valley Junction Futurity. Ridden by Jorge Torres for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill, Southern Sunshine won the first of five 350-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths from fifth-fastest qualifier Five Bar Bodee in :17.468. The filly was winning for the second time in five races and increasing her earnings to $21,122.
Southern Sunshine was bred in Oklahoma by Michael Pohl. She is out of Mary Southernpolicy, a winning 13-year-old daughter of Shazoom. Her second dam, the winning Reb's Policy (TB) mare Southern Policy, ran third in the 1987 Oil Capital Derby at Mt. Pleasant Meadows in Michigan.
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Streakin Jesszee is the fastest qualifier to the Polk County Derby for Iowa-bred sophomores. Trained by Alex Wessels for owner Jeff State, the daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry won the second of two 400-yard heats by a half of a length in :19.738. Stormy Smith rode the filly, who was posting her third win in seven starts, all at Prairie Meadows.
Streakin Jesszee was bred by Joe B. Allen and Dallas Blakley. The filly has banked $38,598, and she ended her 2-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred juveniles.
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