Trio of Challenge Trials at Prairie Meadows
Iowa track holds trials for three different Bank of America Challenge events.
August 31, 2014
Prairie Meadows on Friday and Saturday held a total of eight trials for three Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes. The finalists will return on September for the finals and a chance to advance to the Bank of America Challenge Championships to be held at the same track on October 18.
Graded stakes winner BF Farm Boy put in a sharp effort under jockey Cody Smith to defeat Stimulus by half-a-length while setting the top qualifying mark for the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2) on Saturday.
The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the two trial races contested, will return to vie for the winner's share of a $70,000-added purse going 440 yards. The winner will get a starting spot in the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1).
William Harris saddled BF Farm Boy to his 10th career win in Saturday's trials for owners Don Boyle and Wade Segal. The Hawkinson 6-year-old completed the 440 yard task in a super fast :21.405 seconds to knock down the top qualifying spot while earning a 106 speed index.
Bred in Oregon by Boyle and his wife, Peggy, BF Farm Boy has earned more than $220,000. He is out of the Strawfly Special mare Shirleys Strawfly.
The aforementioned Stimulus, a 4-year-old half-brother to world champion and former all-time leading money earner Stolis Winner, held on to the second fastest time of :21.470, a 105 speed index. Charley Hunt conditions the Mr Jess Perry Texas-bred for owner/breeder Jerry Windham. Ridden by Stormy Smith, Stimulus entered the trials off a win in the TQHA Classic Stakes (R) at Retama Park on July 25. Out of the Runaway Winner mare Veva Jean, the gray has earned $43,975.
For the complete list of Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, trainers and jockeys, CLICK HERE.
Making his first start since a seventh-place finish in the $861,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Futurity (RG3) last April, AJs High broke his maiden in his third career start and set the fastest time for the John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge on Saturday.
The 10 qualifiers, from the four trial races contested, will face off again in the $30,000-added final over 350 yards. The winner will also receive an invite to participate in the $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2).
Under jockey Stormy Smith, AJs High broke alertly and finished strong while winning by two lengths. His :17.335 clocking was the top qualifying mark and earned him a career high 103 speed index. Charley Hunt conditions the son of world champion and leading first crop sire Apollitical Jess for owner/breeder Michael Teel. Teel bred AJs High in Oklahoma from the Rare Form mare Regally Rare. In three starts this season he has earned $36,260.
WRS Quick Regards was the first of two qualifiers for Williams Racing Stables Inc. and trainer Kasey Willis. Cesar Gomez rode the Chicks Regard gelding to his third consecutive win in the second trial. The bay homebred posted a :17.501 time for the second fastest time.
Out of the Royal Quick Dash mare WRS Quick Sister, WRS Quick Regards entered the trials off a win the $92,800 Heartland Futurity at Indiana Grand on July 26. The winner of three of four starts has earned $57,555.
Gomez also rode seventh-fastest qualifier WRS Secret Dream for Williams Racing Stables and trainer Willis.
For the complete list of John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, trainers and jockeys, CLICK HERE.
Sizzling Mr Perry, owned an -trained by Rodrigo Covarrubias, rolled to a 1¼-length trial win Friday night at Prairie Meadows to set the top qualifying mark for the Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge.
The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the two trial races, will return to compete for the winner's share of a $30,000-added purse over 400 yards. Also at stake is a starting spot in the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3).
Ridden by jockey Jesus Salazar, Sizzling Mr Perry completed his task in :19.685 seconds, earning a 96 speed index into a 10 mph headwind.
It was the third win in 11 starts for the Bobby D. Cox Texas-bred son of Mr Jess Perry out of Sizzling Lola, by First Down Dash. He entered the race off an allowance win at Fair Meadows on July 11. The Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge will be his first start against stakes company.
Covarrubias also owns and trains second-fastest qualifier Wagon Of Roses LVC, who stepped up from a $15,000 claiming victory at Fair Meadows last month to defeat Daytona B by a nose in the second trial. Also ridden by Salazar, the PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding completed the 400 yards in :19.805 seconds, a 93 speed index over a muddy course and into a 15 mph headwind.
L.V. Ray and Connie Barnes bred Wagon Of Roses LVC in Oklahoma from the Holland Ease mare Precocious Rosie. The lightly raced gelding broke his maiden in May at Remington Park and has won all three of this starts this season.
The aforementioned Daytona B was disqualified for interference in the second trial and placed fourth, however he still qualified for the final with the ninth-fastest time.
For the complete list of Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge qualifiers, their times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys, CLICK HERE.
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