Iowa Classics Night
Iowa Classics Night
Eleven Iowa-bred stakes, including four for Quarter Horses, were contested on Iowa Classics Night Saturday at Prairie Meadows.
Following is a recap of all four Quarter Horse stakes.
Jim Bader Futurity (R)
PL Pearl Harbor led at every call en route to a half-length victory in the $137,500 Jim Bader Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds.
Ridden by Jorge Torres, PL Pearl Harbor covered 350 yards in :18.027 while earning his first stakes win. Stacy Charette-Hill prepped the homebred son of PYC Paint Your Wagon for owner Tom Lepic of Iowa City.
PL Pearl Harbor recorded the second-fastest qualifying time with his nose victory in one of three trials on September 5. The gelding is out of For Your First Lady, a 9-year-old daughter of First Down Dash. His second dam, the winning and Grade 3-placed Feature Mr Jess mare Feature For You, was a finalist in the '07 All American (G1) and Dash For Cash (G1) derbies.
PL Pearl Harbor's resume includes a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner CR Appollitical Joe, in the 330-yard, $76,000 Hawkeye Futurity (R) on July 24. All told, he has won three of five outs and has banked $89,589.
CR Apollitical Joe, the fastest qualifier and 2-5 favorite, finished second and was followed by Appollitical Hawkeye, DF Fabulous Flare, West Crest Offense, Rylees Rocket, Class N Attitude, Elbullseye, and My Party Girl.
Polk County Derby (R)
Lisa M. Baumeister's Haul Your Wood sprinted to a wire-to-wire win in the 400-yard, $108,880 Polk County Derby (R).
Saddled by Wayne Garner and ridden by Cristian Esqueda, Haul Your Wood defeated stablemate and fastest qualifier RM Okeys Wagon by a neck in :20.440. The bay son of Lil Kool Wagon earned $48,996 from his second career stakes score.
Haul Your Wood was bred by David Spieker. The third-fastest qualifier, the gelding was coming off of a neck victory in the first of two trials on September 12.
Haul Your Wood has won six of 10 starts, including last year's 350-yard, $87,000 Iowa Stallion Futurity (R), and he has banked $135,434 while racing exclusively at Prairie Meadows.
Our War Hero, CR Hez The Man, TS Dash To The End, Kiss Me Anywhere, Edith Anne, and Queens Dashing Eagle completed the order of finish.
Terrace Hill Stakes (R)
Sent to post as the 1-2 favorite in a field of six aged Iowa-breds, B/B Wessels LLC's Iris Royal Jess responded with a clear 1 1/2-length victory in the $55,000 Terrace Hill Stakes (R).
Iris Royal Jess went 400 yards in :20.091 while racing against a reported 15-mph head wind. Cristian Esqueda rode the 5-year-old gray son of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Captain Courage for trainer Alex Wessels.
Iris Royal Jess was bred by Warren Garrels. Raced exclusively at Prairie Meadows, the gelding has won nine of 13 starts, and the $26,950 winner's share of the purse from his third lifetime stakes score increased his bankroll to $195,123.
Storming Red Chickie finished second and was followed by Fast N Famous Jeans, Real Wagon, Mr Special Wagon, and Ja Go Forest Go.
Future of Iowa Stakes (R)
Streakin Jesszee outran her 8-1 odds to win Saturday's $55,000 Future of Iowa Stakes (R) for state-bred distaffers.
Prepped by Alex Wessels for owner Jeff State and racing against a reported 20-mph head wind, Streakin Jesszee covered 350 yards in :17.941, and her margin of victory was one length from 11-1 longshot Kays Dynasty. Berkley Packer rode the 4-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry.
Streakin Jesszee was winning for the first time in five outs this season. The mare was bred by Joe B. Allen and Dallas Blakley, and she was coming off of a fourth-place finish in a 350-yard second-level allowance-optional claiming ($15,000) dash for Iowa-breds on August 28.
Streakin Jesszee has won four of 12 starts, and the $25,300 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory pushed her earnings to $72,896.
The Polar Vortex, the even-money choice in the field of nine, finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner. Kays Wagon, Apollitical Queen, Shesa Favorite Gal, Blind Spot Bandit, Lil Kool Lips, and Sweet Game Chick completed the order of finish.
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