Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa, ended its 2019 American Quarter Horse meet with an 11-race program that included eight stakes on Saturday.
Following is a recap of all eight stakes, listed in the order they were run.
Terrace Hill Stakes (R)
A strong rally on the outside part of the track helped Real Wagon score a nose victory in Saturday's $60,000 Terrace Hill Stakes (R) for Iowa-registered and foaled aged sprinters.
Ridden by Cody Smith, Real Wagon covered 400 yards in :20.181. Alex Wessels prepped the homebred 5-year-old PYC Paint Your Wagon for owner Kay J. Sage.
Real Wagon was winning for the fourth time in 14 outs and first time in four starts this season. Campaigned exclusively at Prairie Meadows, the gelding has earned $102,551, and his record includes a second-place finish in the 2017 Polk County Derby (R).
Iris Royal Jess, Sweet Twisted Tea, Fast N Famous Jeans, RM Kool Okey, Jess Summertime, and My T Oak Tree completed the order of finish.
Covered Bridges Stakes (G3)
Sent to post as the 9-10 favorite in a field of seven, The Louisiana Dream rallied to win Saturday's $27,250 Covered Bridges Stakes (G3).
Trained by Jose Barron for owners Hugo Sierra Barron, Denise Van Amburgh and Ronald Van Amburgh, The Louisiana Dream covered 870 yards in :46.235, and his margin of victory was a clear 2 1/2 lengths from 44-1 longshot Stormin Jessie. Francisco Giles rode the 5-year-old gelded son of The Louisiana Cartel, who was scoring his first stakes victory.
The Louisiana Dream was bred in Louisiana by J.E. Jumonville Jr. The gelding has won four of 16 starts, including both of his races at Prairie Meadows this season, and he has banked $42,598.
Hollyhook ran second and was followed by Bout Tree Fiddy, Snow Is Okey, Blue Eyed Andy, and Stilldontneednobody.
Future Of Iowa Stakes (R)
Jorge Torres rode Island Gurl to a wire-to-wire, half-length win in Saturday's 350-yard, $60,000 Future Of Iowa Stakes (R) for state-registered and foaled distaffers.
Prepped by Tony Jones for owner Richard L. Tobin, Island Gurl stopped the timer in :17.893. The 6-year-old daughter of Pappasito earned an 88 speed index and the $28,200 winner's share of the purse from her second consecutive victory in this stakes.
Island Gurl was bred by Sheri L. Andrew. Raced in Iowa and Oklahoma, the mare has won nine of 22 outs and has earned $145,007.
The Polar Vortex, Storming Red Chickie, MIss Alice Grace, Kays Dynasty, SFS Silver Lining, Mga Lil Kool, and Blind Spot Bandit.
Two Rivers Stakes (G3)
Admiral Sting led at every call en route to a neck victory in Saturday's $50,000 Two Rivers Stakes (G3).
Under jockey Jimmy Brooks, Admiral Sting went 440 yards in :21.728 and recorded a 101 speed index. Kasey Willis trained the homebred 4-year-old stallion by world champion Apollitical Jess for owner Jahree Standridge.
Admiral Sting has won three of seven races this season, including the April 4 Mr Jet Moore Stakes (RG3) and March 8 Mighty Deck Three Stakes (RG3), both for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park. All told, the stallion has won seven of 20 starts, and the $28,000 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes win pushed his earnings to $193,535.
Eagle Deluxe finished second and was followed by Htr Miamor Tequilla, Ms Jess Knockout, Bye Bye Freighttrain, Marfilmio, California Blossom, Silver Citizen, and Painted Dynasty.
Polk County Derby (R)
Apollitical Queen, the 8-5 favorite in a field of eight Iowa-registered and foaled sophomores, sprinted to a head victory in Saturday's $80,000 Polk County Derby (R).
Trained by Alex Wessels for owner B/B Wessels LLC, Apollitical Queen covered 400 yards in :19.763 under jockey Brett Birzer. The daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess posted a 95 speed index while banking the $36,000 winner's share of the purse from her fourth consecutive win and first stakes score.
Apollitical Queen was bred by Kirk Wessels. The filly has won four of eight outs, including all four of her races this season, and she has banked $78,187, of which $62,394 has been pocketed this season.
Jimy Bufet, Cr Lil Bro, High Time To Fly, Ja Go Forest Go, Lil Quick Wagon, and Rowdy Anywhere completed the order of finish.
Shockinglyfamous outran his 10-1 odds to win Saturday's 400-yard, $129,794 Altoona Derby.
Ridden by Sergio Dominguez and aided by a reported 15-mph tail wind, Shockinglyfamous defeated 5-2 second choice Jess Doin Time by a neck in :19.404. Kasey Willis prepped the bay One Famous Eagle colt for owners Stone Chase Stables LLC and Alexia Willis.
Shockinglyfamous was bred in Texas by Clarence Scharbauer III. The fourth-fastest qualifier, the colt made his local debut with a fourth-place finish in one of three Altoona Derby trials on September 27.
Shockinglyfamous has won three of 14 races, and he was a finalist in the July 20, 400-yard Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs and last year's 400-yard Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park. The $51,918 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory increased his earnings to $115,837.
Jess Doin Time finished second, a neck behind the winner. Fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite Apollitical Mogul, Heza Blues Man, VF Wheely Favorite, Americas Dynasty, Miss Blue October, VF Count Dracula, and Full Power Eagle completed the order of finish.
Jim Bader Futurity (R)
Sent to post as the 11-10 choice in a field of eight Iowa-registered and foaled juveniles, Summer Hill Farm LLC's Kiss Me Anywhere drew off at the finish to win Saturday's $171,796 Jim Bader Futurity (R).
Kiss Me Anywhere covered 350 yards in :17.476, and his margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from Rm Okeys Wagon. Juan Pulido rode thhe homebred Kiss My Hocks colt for trainer Clint Crawford.
Kiss Me Anywhere is out of Paint Me Anywhere, a 7-year-old daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon. The colt's second dam, the Make It Anywhere mare Queen Of Anywhere, won the 2006 Lazy E Futurity (RG2) at Remington Park.
The fastest qualifier, Kiss Me Anywhere was coming off of a 2 1/2-length win in the second of three trials. The chestnut colt has won three of six outs and has earned $102,757.
Gracies Tuition ran third and was followed by Haul Your Wood, Our War Hero, Apollitical Cash, Jess Lippy, and Cr Hez The Man.
Valley Junction Futurity (G3)
Jo Rice's Southard Queen lit up the tote with her 32-1 victory in Saturday's $219,894 Valley Junction Futurity.
Ridden by Ramiro Garcia for trainer Jason Olmstead, Southard Queen went 350 yards in :17.654 while aided by a reported 10-mph tail wind. The homebred brown daughter of Coronado Cartel earned $87,958 from her third win in seven outs and first stakes victory.
Southard Queen's dam, Southard Style Lady, is a homebred winning 17-year-old Strawfly Special mare. Her second dam, the Marthas Six Moon mare Lady Mara, won the 1997 Oklahoma Futurity (G1) at Remington Park and Shebester Futurity (G3) at Blue Ribbon Downs.
Southard Queen returned a $67.60 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up A Tres Of Sign, a 23-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $844.60. Southern Sunshine ran third and was followed by Im Perry Perry Quick, Striking Perfection, Special Candy Kisses, Undrafted, A Valiant Diamond, and Five Bar Bodee.
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