Prairie Meadows Friday Stakes Recap
Prairie Meadows Friday Stakes Recap
Friday's 11-race program at Prairie Meadows featured four American Quarter Horse stakes, topped by the 350-yard, $224,720 Valley Junction Futurity (G3) for 2-year-olds.
Following is a recap of all four stakes.
Valley Junction Futurity (G3)
A Legacy Of Tales, a bay son of the PYC Paint Your Wagon stallion Wagon Tales and the fourth-fastest qualifier, scored a one-length victory in Friday's Valley Junction Futurity.
Prepped by Stacy Charette-Hill for owner Donald Friesen, A Legacy Of Tales covered 350 yards in :17.564. James Flores rode the homebred gelding, who earned a 97 speed index while banking the $101,124 winner's share of the $224,720 purse.
A Legacy Of Tales was bred in Oklahoma. The gelding is out of Legacys A Streakin, a multiple stakes winning homebred daughter of Streakin La Jolla who ran second in the 2010 Canada Cup Futurity (RG3) at Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Legacy Of Tales was coming off of a one-length victory in one of six Valley Junction Futurity trials on September 11. Raced in two states, including Oklahoma, he has won three of seven starts and has banked $133,790, and his record includes a third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Surprise Surprise, in the 350-yard, $164,000 Prairie Meadows Gold Futurity on July 10.
Fastest qualifier Hes Underway ran second and was followed by This The Marfa Light, Curls Patty Wagon, Miss KT Perry, Surprise Surprise, Surprise Party, Mp Magical Red, Water Or Corona, and Makin It Rayne.
Jess Give Mea Reason, a daughter of Good Reason SA racing for Michael A. Pohl and trainer Stacy Charette-Hill, rallied to win Friday's $113,840 Altoona Derby.
Under jockey Cristian Esqueda, Jess Give Mea Reason went 400 yards in :19.605, and her margin of victory was a nose from Jess Candy Wagon. The Oklahoma-bred filly recorded a 102 speed index while banking the $51,228 winner's share of the purse from her first career stakes score.
Jess Give Mea Reason posted the second-fastest qualifying time with her neck victory in one of three trials on September 16. The filly was bred by Michael Pohl, and she is out of Send Me This Wagon, a stakes-winning homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare who ran second in Jess Good Reason's 2017 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos.
Jess Give Mea Reason's season resume includes a fourth-place finish, 3 1/4 lengths behind winner Political Rose, in the inaugural 400-yard, $279,000 Heritage Place Oaks for sophomore fillies at Remington Park on May 28. All told, the filly has won five of nine outs -- including four of five at the 400-yard distance -- and she has earned $120,548, of which $107,504 has been pocketed from eight races this year.
Fastest qualifier Nothin Like You was third, a half of a length behind Jess Give Mea Reason. NSM Parks Candy Girl, Jess Southard, One Fabulous Boy, Waitin On Eight, Nouveaux, Hard Rock Candy, and Saints New Weapon.
Two Rivers Stakes (G3)
Sent to post as the 7-10 favorite in a field of seven, Lunderborg LLC's Jess Rocket Man responded with a three-quarter length win in Friday's Grade 3, $35,000 Two Rivers Stakes.
Jess Rocket Man covered 440 yards in :21.603 while posting a 105 speed index. Edwin Escobedo rode the homebred 4-year-old son of world champion Apollitical Jess for trainer Jason Olmstead.
Jess Rocket Man was bred in Minnesota, and he was coming off of a 1 1/4-length victory in the August 25, 440-yard Cash Caravan Stakes (R) for Minnesota'breds at Canterbury Park. The brown gelding has won 11 of 21 starts -- including all three of his outs at the classic quarter-mile trip -- and the $17,500 winner's share of the purse from his sixth stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $192,242.
Apollitical Hero, Purty Darn Quick, Fdd Princess, Juice Is Loose, Azola Baban, and There He Is Gone completed the order of finish.
Valley Junction Juvenile Stakes
Gigi Tianna outran her 16-1 odds to win Friday's 350-yard, $20,000 Valley Junction Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Ridden by James Flores, Gigi Tianna defeated 3-1 favorite Malibu Bar B by three-quarters of a length in :17.680. Stacy Charette-Hill prepped the homebred Jess Louisiana Blue filly for owners M.C. and Cendy Stucks.
Gigi Tianna was bred in Oklahoma. The bay filly is out of Gianna Grace, a winning homebred daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Dominyun. The filly was winning for the second time in five races, and the $7,200 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes win pushed her earnings to $14,028.
Where Theres Sumoke ran third and was followed by Shine On Piloto, My VGW Hero, Im Jess An Angel, Puts N The Work, Kosmos Reserve, Sweet Candy Lips, and Jess B Jazzin.
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