Jess Wild For You Upsets $230,310 Valley Junction Futurity

The race was one of eight stakes contested at Prairie Meadows on Saturday.

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Ferrari James scores in Saturday's Altoona Derby at Prairie Meadows. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Sent to post at odds of 12-1, sixth-fastest qualifier Jess Wild For You earned her first stakes win in the $230,310 Valley Junction Futurity, one of eight stakes run at Prairie Meadows Racetrack on Saturday.

Jess Wild For You covered 350 yards under rainy skies on a track labeled "good" in :18.106, and his winning margin was a neck from 21-1 longshot and seventh-fastest qualifier Kates Carter. Berkley Packer rode the sorrel Mr Jess Perry filly for owner Thomas J. Scheckel and trainer Bill Harris.

Jess Wild For You was bred in Oklahoma by Lee & Sherwood Racing LLC and Mineer. A $22,000 buy at last year's Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City, the filly has won two of his races, and the $92,124 winner's share of the Valley Junction Futurity purse pushed her earnings to $98,804.

Jess Wild For You is out of Wild Six, an 11-year-old daughter of champion Tres Seis who won the 2007 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs and was a finalist in that season's All American Futurity (G1).

The Real Deahl and Corona Springs finished in a dead heat for third, a half of a length behind Jess Wild For You. Kates Wagon, Crazy At The Top, fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite Mary Paintyourwagon, and Two Timin Suzy completed the order of finish. Bold Ruller and Favorite Moment were both listed as trainer scratches by Equibase.

Jim Bader Futurity (R)
A full field of 10 Iowa-bred 2-year-olds matched strides in Saturday's $157,288 Jim Bader Futurity (R), and fifth-fastest qualifier Fast N Famous Jeans reached the wire first in the 350-yard stakes.

Prepped by Manuel Campos for owner Thomas J. Scheckel and racing on a track labeled "good," Fast N Famous Jeans stopped the timer in :18.062 under jockey David Pinon, and the One Famous Eagle colt's margin of victory was a head from fastet qualifier and 11-10 favorite Cr Game Changer.

Fast N Famous Jeans won all three of his outs at the Prairie Meadows meet, which ended on Saturday, including his Jim Bader Futurity trial on September 30. The colt was bred by Fresh Water Farms, and the $44,827 winner's share of the purse from his third win in seven races boosted his earnings to $63,115.

Special Lee Fast, Shot Of Southern, Wrs Against The Wind, Bfourquikgotready, Real Wagon, Crusin The Lake, R Slick Talker, and Racy Rockette completed the order of finish.

Polk County Derby (R)
The Fiscal Cliff, a homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt trained by Kasey Willis for owner Tom Lepic of Iowa City, sprinted to a two-length victory in the $126,128 Polk County Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores on Saturday.

The fastest qualifier and 1-2 favorite in the field of nine, The Fiscal Cliff went 400 yards in :20.004. Cesar Gomez rode the colt, who returned a $3 win mutuel while scoring his fourth lifetime stakes victory.

The Fiscal Cliff's dam, Signs Zoomer, is a winning 10-year-old daughter of the Takin On The Cash stallion Shazoom and was a finalist in the 2008 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Futurity (RG2) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Campaigned in Iowa, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, The Fiscal Cliff has won nine of 15 starts, and the $50,451 winner's share of the Polk County Derby purse pushed his bankroll to $306,388.

The Fiscal Cliff was coming off of a three-quarter length win in the last of three trials on October 1. The colt's resume includes victories in last year's Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Remington Park and Iowa Double Gold (R) and Jim Bader (R) futurities at Prairie Meadows.

Watch My Wallet Loto ran second and was followed by Iowas Texan Tip, Baja Blues Girl, There Goes My Wallet, Cr Ivory Dust, Pyc Royal Wagon, Candys Little Wagon and D D Chicks Piloto. Sixth-fastest qualifier Morning Dash Cartel was scratched.

Altoona Derby
Alfredo Botello's Ferrari James, the fastest qualifier, was a prompt 9-10 favorite in Saturday's 400-yard, $108,497 Altoona Derby.

Prepped by Manuel Campos, who gave a leg up to jockey Oscar Delgado, Ferrari James defeated 39-1 longshot Divas Candy Girl by a neck in :19.924. The Oklahoma-bred Ivory James gelding was coming off of a half-length win in the first of two trials on September 30.

Ferrari James was bred by longtime breeders Weetona Stanley and William E. Smith of Madill, Oklahoma. The bay gelding is out of Ferrari Fast Prize, a homebred Mr Jess Perry mare.

Ferrari James was winning for the eighth time in 13 outs, and the $43,339 winner's share of the Altoona Derby purse increased his earnings to $150,662, of which $138,482 has been banked this year. The gelding has won his last four races, including the September 3 Iowa Double Gold Derby (R), and he ran third in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (RG3) on April 23.

Prized Wagon ran third, a half of a length behind Ferrari James, and was followed by Flare For Ivory, Tee Chic, Mazzimo, Freighttrain V, Justified, Pyc Tyme and Macgyver Moonflash.

Two Rivers Stakes (G3)
Dan W. Nicks' Mr Jo Eagle won Saturday's Grade 3, 440-yard Two Rivers Stakes, the lone graded stakes on Prairie Meadows' eight-race program.

Ridden by Agustin Silva for trainer Rick Robinson, Mr Jo Eagle defeated Blacks Cartel by a half of a length in :21.923. The $24,750 winner's share of the $45,000 purse pushed the homebred 5-year-old gelding's earnings to $181,744 from 27 outs.

Mr Jo Eagle was bred in Texas and is by One Famous Eagle out of the winning First Place Dash mare First Place Diamond. The 7-10 favorite in the field of 11, he paid $3.40 to win and teamed with Blacks Cartel, the 7-1 third choice, for a $27.40 ($2) exacta.

The Two Rivers Stakes marked Mr Jo Eagle's first-ever start at Prairie Meadows. All told, the gelding has won 10 races, and his four career stakes scores include last year's B.F. Phillips Handicap (RG3) at Lone Star Park.

Soraya Seis ran third, two lengths behind Mr Jo Eagle. Rackem Back, Built Tuff Enough, Load Your Guns, This Doll Ca Run, Magical To Know, Jess Shaky, A Will And Away, and Savanna Slim completed the order of finish.

Click here for recaps of the other three stakes run Saturday at Prairie Meadows.

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