Aqua Flash, Painted Dynasty Earn Challenge Championship Berths
Prairie Meadows presented a Challenge final doubleheader on Saturday.
September 14, 2018
Fastest qualifier Aqua Flash, a gray daughter of First Moonflash, earned her first stakes victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $62,190 John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge Stakes.
Trained by Shawna Manriquez for owner Thomas J. Scheckel, Aqua Flash defeated Maghelene by a neck in :17.744. Roberto Valero rode the Utah-bred filly, who earned $28,607 and a berth in the November 17 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos.
Aqua Flash was bred by McColee Land and Livestock, and she was an $8,700 purchase at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. Raced in Oklahoma and Iowa, the filly has won four of five starts and has banked $103,252, with her only loss being a sixth-place run, 3 1/4 lengths behind winner Sunnysyde, in the June 2, $1.025-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.
Aqua Flash is out of Aquafina, a stakes-winning and graded stakes placed daughter of First Down Dash and a full sister to world champion Wave Carver and champion Ocean Runaway.
Beduino Painted Dash, Jess My Joy, Sw Bullet Proof, Dowhatigotta, Fancy As It Gets, Ima JJ Junior, and Chicken Lips completed the order fo finish. Tenth-fastest qualifier Maybe Painted was scratched.
Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge
Painted Dynasty, a daughter of champion Fdd Dynasty owned by Thomas Scheckel, sprinted to a one-length win in Saturday's $54,270 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge.
Prepped by Jason Olmstead and sent to post as the 7-5 favorite, Painted Dynasty covered 400 yards in :19.777. Cristian Esqueda rode the brown filly and fourth-fastest qualifier.
Painted Dynasty banked the $24,964 winner's share of the purse and landed a spot in the Grade 3 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos on November 17. The filly was bred in Oklahoma by Michael C. Teel. She has won six of 19 outs, including five of nine this season, and she has earned $84,399, of which $64,013 has been banked this season.
High Valley Girl ran second and was followed by Vallerro, Apollitical Approach, Hott Link, Paint Me Southern, Olivias Jett, and NSM Favorite Zoomer. Eighth-fastest qualifier Jesse Justice and 10th-fastest qualifier The Fiscal Storm were scratched.
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