Q-Racing Blog: Closing Out Prairie
Q-Racing Blog: Closing Out Prairie
It’s time to wrap up the Prairie Meadows racing season, and closing night on October 12 offers a strong stakes lineup, including a pair of futurities and a couple of derbies.
The $220,000-est. Valley Junction Futurity (G3) and the $130,000-est. Altoona Derby are for open horses, while the $172,000-est. Jim Bader Futurity and the $112,000-est. Polk County Derby bring out accredited Iowa-breds.
The fastest qualifiers from the trials to each race are in peak form.
Valley Junction Futurity
Leann Burns’ Southern Sunshine proved quickest from the five Valley Junction trials. She pulled out to a 1 1/2 length trial win with a :17.468 mark for the 350 yards.
The Stacy Charette-Hill-trained filly has won her latest two starts after placing in her first three starts. The PYC Paint Your Wagon-sired filly raced to a second-place finish and a pair of third-place efforts in her three starts last spring at Remington Park. She scored her first win in a 250-yard maiden race at Prairie Meadows to prepare for the Valley Junction trials.
Tom Maher’s Apollitical Mogul has won three consecutive races capped by a neck win in the last of three Altoona Derby trials. He turned in a :19.437 time for the 400 yards, while runner-up Heza Blues Man has the second-fastest mark at :19.473.
Apollitical Mogul is riding a three-race winning streak for trainer Jason Olmstead. Two starts ago, the Apollitical Jess-sired filly won the $50,900 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge. Back in July, before her streak started, she was beaten by a head and settled for second in the $78,100 Canterbury Park Derby.
Last year, Apollitical Mogul showed her stakes class with a second in the $45,000 NCQHRA Futurity and then a third-place finish in the $251,000 Valley Junction Futurity.
Jim Bader Futurity
Summer Hill Farms LLC’s homebred Kiss Me Anywhere topped the qualifiers with a dominating 2 1/2-length trial win while covering the 350 yards in :17.532.
The Kiss My Hocks son first showed promise at Remington Park with a two-length maiden race score. The Clint Crawford-trained colt backed up that potential when he raced to a fifth-place finish in the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile on July 21. That was his start before the Bader Futurity trials, so he figures to move forward with a two-month breather between the Rainbow Juvenile and the Bader Futurity trials.
Polk County Derby
Trainer Alex Wessels saddles the top two qualifiers from his four finalists. He sends out Jeff State’s fastest-qualifier Streakin Jesszee and B/B Wessels LLC’s second-fastest qualifier Apollitical Queen.
Streakin Jesszee won the second of two trials by a neck with the top qualifying time of :19.738 for 400 yards.
The Mr Jess Perry daughter was disqualified from the win in her 2019 debut and then came back to take a conditioned allowance race, her start before the Polk County Derby trials.
A year ago, Streakin Jesszee capped her four-race juvenile campaign with a third-place run in the $149,000 Jim Bader Futurity.
Apollitical Queen won the other trial by a half length with a :19.802 mark. She won her maiden in her 2019 debut and then won a conditioned allowance race before her Polk County Derby trial.
The Apollitical Jess-sired filly was winless from four 2018 tries, however she finished fourth in the Jim Bader Futurity.
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