Fields Set for Prairie Meadows Challenge Races

Aqua Flash, Curls Happy Wagon lead the way in trials held Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Aqua Flash, a Grade 1 finalist last spring, set the fastest qualifying time to the September 15 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge.

Two sets of Bank of America Racing Challenge trials were contested at Prairie Meadows on Saturday.

Aqua Flash, a daughter of champion First Moonflash trained by Shawna Manriquez for owner Thomas J. Scheckel, posted the fastest qualifying time to the September 15, $62,190 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge Stakes. Ridden by Roberto Valero, Aqua Flash defeated second-fastest qualifier Jess My Joy by a half of a length while covering 350 yards in :17.604.

Aqua Flash was bred in Utah by McColee Land and Livestock LLC. The filly is out of Aquafina, a stakes-winning daughter of First Down Dash and a full sister to world champion Wave Carver and two-time champion Ocean Runaway.

Aqua Flash has won three of four outs and has banked $74,675. The filly was a finalist in the June 2, 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, the field was set for the September 15, $54,270 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge. Curls Happy Wagon, a homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon filly owned by Michael A. Pohl and Martin Stacy, set the fastest qualifying time with a nose victory from second-fastest qualifier Vallerro in the second of two trials.

Ridden by Jorge Torres for trainer Stacy Charette-Hill, Curls Happy Wagon went 400 yards in :19.885 while posting her fourth win in six starts and keeping perfect her record at Prairie Meadows.

Curls Happy Wagon has earned $33,754 while racing in Oklahoma and Iowa. The filly was a finalist in the March 24, 350-yard Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park, and she has won all three of her starts at Prairie Meadows.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

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