Abundanz Pulls Off Upset in BofA Prairie Meadows Challenge

The Grade 2 race was one of four regional Challenge stakes run at the Iowa track on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Abundanz wins Saturday's Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Making his first-ever start at Prairie Meadows, Abundanz scored his first stakes victory in Saturday's $74,340 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge Stakes (G2).

Abundanz covered 440 yards in :21.496 and earned a 104 speed index, and his winning margin was a head from odds-on favorite AJs High. Oscar Delgado rode the 4-year-old Corona Cartel gelding for owners Gustavo Almanza Jr. and Francisco Raul Hernandez, and trainer Julio Almanza.

Sent to post at odds of 9-1, Abundanz returned a $20,80 win mutuel and teamed with AJs High for a $2 exacta payoff of $69.60. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Stephen N. Williams, and he is out of the multiple graded stakes winning Mr Jess Perry mare Jess A Lil Bit More.

Jess A Lil Bit More is a half sister to Jess A Lil Bit, the dam of graded stakes winners Ronnie James and The Lizzard King.

All told, Abundanz has won four of 20 outs, and the $34,196 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score pushed his bankroll to $71,817, of which $65,001 has been earned this season. In addition, he earned a starting berth in the October 29, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Tempting Valor, Burst Of Dash, Habits Secret, Your Just Jesse, A Royal Country Man, Crying Eagle, Gospel Howdy, and Jz Zoomin Wootan completed the order of finish.

John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge
John Johnson's Faster Than Hasta, the third-fastest qualifier, overcame a slow start and rallied to win Saturday's 350-yard, $53,100 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge.

Ridden by Cody Smith for trainer Bob Johnson, Faster Than Hasta defeated 9-5 favorite Cr Game Changer by a neck in :17.705. In addition to earning $24,426, the bay gelding landed a spot in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos in October.

Faster Than Hasta was bred in Wyoming by Wardell Quarter Horses. He is by Hasta Be Fast, an 11-year-old son of Pritzi Dash who won the 2008 NAHR Derby at the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, North Dakota.

Faster Than Hasta's dam, the winning Special Leader mare Leadmetoyourladder, ran second in Pistol Packin Perry's '05 Canterbury Park Derby (G3).

An earner of $62,721 from seven starts, Faster Than Hasta has won three races, including the Minnesota Stallion Breeders' Futurity (R) at Canterbury Park on June 10.

Df Girly Girl ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Faster Than Hasta, and was followed by Stel Cute, Aregal Rainbow, fastest qualifier Perkin Desire, Hals Flying Eagle, Corona Springs, Into The Fray, and Classy In Wranglers.

Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge
Jorge Torres rode Jess Paint Your Lips to a clear 3 1/4-length victory in the $36,720 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge for 3-year-olds on Saturday.

Prepped by Stacy Charette-Hill for owner Michael A. Pohl, Jess Paint Your Lips went 400 yards in :19.541. The homebred filly by champion Jess Louisiana Blue earned her first stakes win and a berth in the October 29, $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Jess Paint Your Lips has won four of five races and has banked $47,722. The filly made only one start as a 2-year-old, winning a maiden special weight dash at Remington Park on April 26, 2015.

Jess Paint Your Lips was sent to post as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 11 and paid $4.40 to win. Pyc Mischief, a 21-1 longshot, finished second to complete an $88.40 ($2) exacta.

Fowl Play, Royal Quick Eagle, Tres Sea, Justified, Sister Shelly, Ms Dynasty, Waves Copilot, Ivory Charmer, and Shezawinesnob completed the order of finish.

Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge
The Pohl/Charette-Hill owner and trainer combo also teamed to win Saturday's $32,580 Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge with Honeymoon Candy.

Ridden by Oscar Delgado and sent to post at odds of nearly 12-1, Honeymoon Candy went 400 yards in :19.676, and her margin of victory was a head from 2-1 favorite Bye Bye Birdy. The $14,661 winner's share of the purse from the homebred 4-year-old Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare's first stakes score bumped her bankroll to $84,436.

Honeymoon Candy landed a spot in the October 29, $150,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos. The mare's dam, Jess Send Candy, is a winning 9-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry who also foaled 2015 champion 2-year-old Jess Good Candy, a half brother to Honeymoon Candy.

All told, Honeymoon Candy has won five of her 15 races. The mare's season resume includes a third-place run, one length behind winner Getting Even, in the May 22, $48,600 Merial Oklahoma Distaff Challenge at Remington Park.

Blacks Cartel finished third and was followed by Send Me This Wagon, Fantsy Pants, Fortune In A Wagon, One Famous Girl, Shiner Blond, This Doll Ca Run, I Cant Help It, and Countess Menace.

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