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Three Olives N Smoke wins title race on Challenge-filled card.
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Prairie Meadows hosted a slew of Bank of America Racing Challenge races on their Saturday card, and saw great races and horses that will qualify to the upcoming Bank of America Challenge Championships.

Three Olives N Smoke took the title race, the $60,682 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2).

Ridden by Ramiro Garcia, the Jess Louisiana Blue gelding was strong throughout to win by three-quarters of a length in :21.478.

Damn Strait was second, followed by PYC Jess Bite Mydust, Faster Than Hasta, Paint My Pilot, Another Shot,Political Candy and Dynasty Ice 123. 

Three Olives N Smoke races for breeder Margo Schares and Brad Thomas, and was trained by John Hammes. The 6-year-old gelding is out of the Corona Cartel mare Smokin Corona, and has won nine of 24 career starts and earned $255,151.     

In the Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge, favorite Apollitical Mogul rewarded his backers with a three-quarter length victory in the $50,430 race, and earned a ticket to the upcoming Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships. 

Ridden by Justin Shepherd for trainer Jason Olmstead and owner Tom Maher, the filly broke slowly but rallied late to cover the 400 yards in :19.965. Apollitical Mogul has now won five of 16 starts and earned $104,150.

Jess Wagon P was second, followed by Mansory, Thisbetterwork, High Time To Fly, Maghelene, BHR Flashing Effort and First High Rate.   

Bred by Mercy Hinklins Horse Farm, the filly is by Apollitical Jess and out of the Corona Cartel mare Cash Cartel.   

Weetonas Lafawn put forth a powerful effort to take the $30,014 ARC Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge (G3) by a neck over a game Fosse. 

Weetonas Lafawn was ridden by Juan Pulido, and they covered the 400 yards in :20.109. Fosse was second, followed by Painted Dynasty,Pretty And Big, Our Lady Wagon, Ima Dashin Follie and Another Overdraft.

Trained by Clint Crawford for Cavenaugh Quarter Horses, the mare has now won seven of 17 starts and earned $158,200. She was bred by Weetona Stanley and is by Valiant Hero and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare First Prize Fancy. 

Divas First Moon pulled away late to best the $50,303 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge under the guidance of Stormy Smith.

The First Moonflash filly races for breeder David Wisdom and was trained by Robert "Bob" Johnson. The race favorite, Divas First Moon covered the 350 yards in :17.864. Peves Eaglette was second, followed by Sweet Wild Time, Fastest Leader, Kina Big Deal, Candy Moon Fling, Baja Bandito, One Famous Blue, Victory Candy and Anthropologi.       

Divas First Moon is out of the Royal Shake Em mare Shake Em Diva, and has won four of seven starts this year and earned $43,304.

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