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The track ends its 2019 season with a stakes bonanza on Saturday.
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Prairie Meadows ends its 2019 Quarter Horse season with an 11-race program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is set for 4 p.m. (CDT).

Eight stakes will be featured, topped by the 350-yard, $219,894 Valley Junction Futurity (G3). Ten 2-year-olds are entered back, including Striking Perfection, an undefeated daughter of High Rate Of Return trained by Verle Bohner for owner James D. Beck.

Striking Perfection has won all three of her starts, including one of five Valley Junction Futurity trials on September 28. The filly has earned $25,180.

Striking Perfection drew post 8 and will be ridden by David E. Brown.

Ten Iowa-bred juveniles are entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $171,796 Jim Bader Futurity (R), headed by fastest qualifier Kiss Me Anywhere. Trained by Clint Crawford for owner Summer Hill Farms LLC, the homebred Kiss My Hocks Filly has banked $25,449 from five starts, and her resume includes a fifth-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Why, in a 400-yard, $100,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs on July 21.

Kiss Me Anywhere drew post 6 and will be ridden by Juan Pulido.

Tom Maher’s Apollitical Mogul, the fastest qualifier, brings a three-race win streak into Saturday’s 400-yard, $129,794 Altoona Derby. A bay daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess trained by Jason Olmstead, the filly has won six of 10 starts this season, including the 400-yard, $50,864 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge Stakes on September 14, and she has banked $68,680.

Apollitical Mogul drew post 9 and will be ridden by Berkley Packer.

Stakes winner Lil Quick Wagon heads a field of 10 Iowa-bred sophomores into Saturday’s 400-yard, $111,620 Polk County Derby (R). A homebred Lil Kool Wagon gelding trained by Stacy Charette-Hill for owners Michael A. Pohl and Bob Urich, Lil Quick Wagon has earned $32,379 from four starts this year, and his season record includes a 1 1/2-length victory in a 400-yard, $63,392 stakes at Prairie Meadows on September 1.

Lil Quick Wagon drew post 2 and will be ridden by Jorge Torres.

Seven Iowa-registered and foaled aged sprinters are entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $60,000 Terrace Hill Stakes (R). Iris Royal Jess, a stakes-winning 4-year-old son of Captain Courage trained by Alex Wessels for owner B/B Wessels LLC, drew the rail post and will be ridden by Stormy Smith. Iris Royal Jess has won six of eight races, including last year’s Polk County Derby (R), and he has earned $132,732.

Hollyhook, a 4-year-old Game Patriot gelding owned and trained by Matt Frazier, will put his three-race win streak on the line in Saturday’s 870-yard, $25,000 Covered Bridges Stakes (G3). Hollyhook has won three of 10 starts, including three of seven at the 870 distance, and he has banked $28,745. The gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden by Justin Shepherd.

Tom Lepic’s The Polar Vortex heads a field of eight Iowa-registered and foaled distaffers entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $60,000 Future of Iowa Stakes (R). A homebred 4-year-old daughter of champion Carters Cartel trained by Jason Olmstead, the mare will be facing stakes company off of her wire-to-wire, one-length victory in a 330-yard allowance-optional claiming dash on September 20. The Polar Vortex drew post 8 and will be ridden by Justin Shepherd.

Trainer Jason Olmstead will send out graded stakes winner Eagle Deluxe in Saturday’s 440-yard, $50,000 Two Rivers Stakes (G3). A Louisiana-bred 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle campaigned by Bill Maher, Tom Maher, and Movin On, Eagle Deluxe scored a half-length victory at odds of 12-1 in the 400-yard, $50,000 Keokuk Stakes (G3) on August 17. The sorrel stallion drew post 11 and will be ridden by Berkley Packer.

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