Challenge Tripleheader Headlines Weekend Action at Prairie Meadows

Three Challenge Championship berths will be on the line on Saturday.

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Multiple stakes winner AJs High is one of 10 sprinters entered in Saturday's Grade 2 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge.

Three regional Challenge stakes, led by the 440-yard, $70,740 Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge Stakes (G2), headline Saturday’s eight-race program at Prairie Meadows.

Michael C. Teel’s AJs High, a homebred 5-year-old Apollitical Jess gelding trained by Charlton Hunt, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge. AJs High has won 13 of 24 starts, including six of 10 at Prairie Meadows, and has banked $756,852.

AJs High’s 2016 campaign included a head victory in the 440-yard, $354,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos. The gelding drew post 7 and will be ridden by Stormy Smith.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Eagles Span (Brayan Velazquez), 10-1
Fowl Play (Cristian Esqueda), 10-1
Woop Dee Doo (Alonso Rivera), 8-1
Okeyfreight (Alfredo Triana Jr.), 12-1
The Fiscal Cliff (Benito Baca), 7-2
Boogies Special Dash (Jorge Torres), 8-1
AJs High (Stormy Smith), 9-5
Three Olives N Smoke (Ramiro H. Garcia), 12-1
Watch My Wallet Loto (David Pinon), 15-1
Tip It Bac (Juan Pulido), 20-1

John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge
Fastest qualifier Vallerro is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $63,720 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge Stakes.

Trained by John Hammes for owner George Seward, Vallerro is coming off of a one-length victory in the third of five trials on September 2. The homebred gelding drew post 7 and will be ridden by Stormy Smith.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Painted Dynasty (Brayan Velazquez), 12-1
The Fiscal Storm (Benito Baca), 6-1
Pyc Bala (Raul Gutierrez), 15-1
Rusty Rose II (Jorge Torres), 6-1
Jjsir James (Justine Klaiber), 5-1
Little Kool Corona (Ramiro H. Garcia), 12-1
Vallerro (Stormy Smith), 7-2
Fast Prize Penelope (Oscar Delgado), 10-1
High Valley Girl (Cristian Esqueda), 10-1
Peves Candy Man Dan (Cesar Gomez), 8-1

Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge
Kowboy Jim, a homebred son of champion FDD Dynasty owned and trained by Dean Frey, drew post 3 for Saturday’s 400-yard, $46,170 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge Stakes.

Kowboy Jim is coming off of a Canterbury Park summer campaign during which the California-bred gelding won all three of his outs, including the 400-yard, $81,000 Canterbury Park Derby on July 16. Kowboy Jim will be ridden by Oscar Delgado.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Dauns First Desirio (Cesar Gomez), 7-2
Sassy Irish Lassie (Ramiro H. Garcia), 10-1
Kowboy Jim (Oscar Delgado), 6-1
Bp Painted Valentine (Jorge Torres), 8-1
Nsm Skydancer (Stormy Smith), 12-1
Faster Than Hasta (Alfredo Triana Jr.), 8-1
Write Your Story (Cristian Esqueda), 15-1
Corona Springs (Brayan Velazquez), 6-1
Putinical (Juan Pulido), 20-1
Attack The Wind (Benito Baca), 9-2

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