Challenge Regional Stakes Dominate Saturday Card at Prairie Meadows

AJs High will attempt to start a new win streak in Saturday's Grade 2 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge.

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Michael Teel's AJs High, pictured here winning the Sooner State Stakes for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park, will make his next start in Saturday's Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Michael Teel’s AJs High, a homebred 4-year-old son of Apollitical Jess trained by Charley Hunt, will attempt to start a new winning streak in Saturday’s 440-yard, $74,340 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge Stakes (G2) at Prairie Meadows.

AJs High is coming off of a second-place finish, a head behind winner Mavara Vegas, in the 400-yard, $45,000 Keokuk Stakes (G3) at Prairie Meadows on August 20. Prior to that runner-up effort, the gelding put together a four-race win streak, with three of those victories coming against graded stakes company at Remington Park.

An earner of $174,621 from five outs this season, AJs High drew post 7 and will be ridden by Stormy Smith.

Other contenders include Habits Secret, a 6-year-old No Secrets Here stallion owned and trained by Ricardo Martinez. At Hialeah Park last winter, Habits Secret won two of his three races, including the 440-yard, $25,000 Sawgrass Stakes on February 7.

Habits Secret drew post 10 and will be ridden by Francisco Ramirez Jr.

The winner of this race will earn a starting berth in the 440-yard, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos on October 29. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Burst Of Dash (Juan Pulido)
Tempting Valor (Jorge Torres)
Gospel Howdy (Raul Gutierrez)
A Royal Country Man (Berkley Packer)
Jz Zoomin Wootan (Ramiro Garcia)
Your Just Jesse (Cody Smith)
AJs High (Stormy Smith)
Crying Eagle (Jose Montoya)
Abundanz (Oscar Delgado)
Habits Secret (Francisco Ramirez Jr.)

John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge
Cr Game Changer, a homebred Game Patriot filly campaigned by Curt Tobin and Dick Tobin, is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $53,100 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge.

Cr Game Changer has banked $50,452 from five outs, and his resume includes a second-place finish, a head behind winner Pyc Jess Bite Mydust, in the July 10, 350-yard Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity at Canterbury Park. The filly drew post 8 and will be ridden by Brayan Velazquez.

Fastest qualifier Perkin Desire drew post 3 and will be ridden by Ramiro Garcia for owner Roberto Gomez, who also trains the bay daughter of Desirio. The filly has won her last two outs, including the last of three trials on September 3.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Faster Than Hasta (Cody Smith)
Stel Cute (Francisco Ramirez Jr.)
Perkin Desire (Ramiro Garcia)
Into The Fray (Oscar Delgado)
Hals Flying Eagle (Stormy Smith)
Aregal Rainbow (Jorge Torres)
Classy In Wranglers (Roberto Valero)
Cr Game Changer (Brayan Velazquez)
Df Girly Girl (Raul Gutierrez)
Corona Springs (Berkley Packer)

Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge
Send Me This Wagon will make her first start in more than three months in Saturday’s 400-yard, $32,580 Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge.

Trained by Stacy Charette-Hill for owner Michael A. Pohl, Send Me This Wagon is coming off of a sixth-place finish, two lengths behind winner Getting Even, in the 400-yard, $40,000 Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge at Remington Park on May 22. The homebred 5-year-old daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon drew post 9 and will be ridden by Jorge Torres.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
This Doll Ca Run (Chase Clark)
Honeymoon Candy (Oscar Delgado)
One Famous Girl (Berkley Packer)
Bye Bye Birdy (Stormy Smith)
I Cant Help It (Francisco Ramirez Jr.)
Fantsy Pants (Jose Montoya)
Shiner Blond (Raul Gutierrez)
Fortune In A Wagon (Brayan Velazquez)
Countess Menace (Josh Romero)
Send Me This Wagon (Jorge Torres)
Blacks Cartel (David Pinon)

Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge
Justified, a stakes-winning son of champion Foose, drew post 9 for Saturday’s 400-yard, $36,720 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge.

Justified has won his last three starts, including the July 10, 400-yard Canterbury Park Derby at Canterbury Park. The colt is owned by David Perry and trainer Tim Holdaway.

Chase Clark will ride Justified from post 9.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Waves Copilot (Francisco Ramirez Jr.)
Royal Quick Eagle (Ramiro Garcia)
Pyc Mischief (Roberto Valero)
Fowl Play (Cody Smith)
Tres Sea (Raul Gutierrez)
Shezawinesnob (Stormy Smith)
Sister Shelly (Oscar Delgado)
Ivory Charmer (Josh Romero)
Justified (Chase Clark)
Jess Paint Your Lips (Jorge Torres)
Ms Dynasty (Brayan Velazquez)

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