Prairie Meadows Saturday Stakes Recap

Four non-Challenge Championship stakes were contested at the Iowa track on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Four non-Challenge stakes, topped by the $289,830 Valley Junction Futurity, were run at Prairie Meadows on Saturday.

Four major stakes with purses totaling $720,024 were run at Prairie Meadows on Saturday, before the start of the five-race Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes program.

Following is a recap of those four stakes:

Valley Junction Futurity
Fastest qualifier A Jordon Reed romped over a sloppy and sealed track, as the homebred gray son of Jumpn Chic sprinted to a one-length win in the $289,830 Valley Junction Futurity.

Sent to post as the 7-5 favorite, A Jordon Reed went 350 yards in :17.322 while posting a 103 speed index and extending his win streak to three races. Oscar Delgado rode the gelding for owners the Kendrix Brothers and trainer Ed Hardy.

A Jordon Reed made his local debut with a half-length victory in the first of seven trials on September 30. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma, and he is out of Parr For Me, a homebred 10-year-old mare by Corona For Me.

A Jordon Reed has won four of six starts, including the 350-yard, $168,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity at Canterbury Park on July 2, and he has earned $215,728.

Makit Snappi, Pv Queen Bee Candy, Eagle Deluxe, The Most High Rules, Bootn Scootn Corona, Bv Comeback Kid, Perfect Lota, Apollitical Valor, and Estrella de Noche completed the order of finish.

Jim Bader Futurity
Lil Black Wagon broke sharply and sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in the 350-yard, $174,400 Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred juveniles.

Prepped by Stacy Charette-Hill for owners Michael A. Pohl and Bob Urich and racing on a sloppy and sealed track, Lil Black Wagon defeated Iris Royal Jess by a half of a length in :17.615. Jorge Torres rode the black gelding by Lil Kool Wagon.

The seventh-fastest qualifier, Lil Black Wagon was bred by Urich, and the gelding has won three of five starts. He is out of Ru Special, a homebred 9-year-old daughter of the Special Effort stallion Special Legend. Lil Black Wagon's second dam, the homebred Up The Ante mare Ru Upity, won the 2000 Iowa Stallion Derby (RG3).

The $78,480 winner's share of the Jim Bader Futurity purse boosted Lil Black Wagon's earnings to $95,489.

Who Rah ran third and was followed by Tohottwotouch, Kays Dynasty, Flash First Moon, fastest qualifier CR Lota Girl, Sweet Twisted Tea, Apollitical Mess, and Jess Summertime.

Polk County Derby
A full field of 10 Iowa-bred sophomores faced the starter in this $110,132 stakes, and at the end it was ninth-fastest qualifier Lil Stepper who handled the sloppy and sealed track the best.

Ridden by Jorge Torres for owners Michael A. Pohl and Bob Urich, Lil Stepper went 400 yards in :19.744, and his winning margin was a half of a length from Real Wagon. Stacy Charette-Hill trained thhe bay son of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Lil Kool Wagon, who was sent to post at odds of 11-1 and returned a $24 win mutuel.

Lil Stepper was bred by Urich. Campaigned in Iowa and Oklahoma, the gelding has won three of nine starts and has banked $102,277. His season resume includes a neck victory in the 400-yard, $68,000 Iowa Stallion Derby (R) at this track on September 3.

Cr Game Changer, the fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite, finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Lil Stepper, and was followed by My T Oak Tree, Special Lee Fast, Crusin The Lake, Kool Lil Jess, Fast N Famous Jeans, Shot Of Southern, and Mr Special Wagon.

Altoona Derby
Sent to post as the 13-10 favorite in a field of nine 3-year-olds, Born To B Bad responded with a head victory in the $145,662 Altoona Derby.

Born To B Bad covered 400 yards in :19.779 under jockey Benito Baca. Tammy Johnson prepped the Freighttrain B gelding for owners Cody Bowling and Melissa Slayton.

Born To B Bad was bred in Texas by Slayton and N.R. Stevenson. The 10th-fastest qualifier, the gelding was coming off of a three-quarter length victory in one of four Altoona Derby trials on September 29.

Born To B Bad is out of Dosvedanya, a winning 9-year-old daughter of champion Separatist. He has won eight of 17 starts while racing in five states, and the $58,241 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $189,221, of which $122,608 has been earned this year.

Attack The Wind, Corona Springs, Quick Dashin Perry, In Kuh Hoots, Mary Paintyourwagon, Bv King George, La Mos Pyc, and Bush Hero completed the order of finish. Fastest qualifier Dauns First Desirio was scratched.

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