How to bet the 2019 Iowa Derby

Night Ops breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Although the $250,000 Iowa Derby lost its graded stakes status a couple years ago, that hasn’t prevented the 2019 edition from attracting a large and competitive field. A dozen 3-year-olds will battle over 1 1/16 miles in the Friday test at Prairie Meadows, including four proven stakes winners and just as many who have placed at the stakes level. After reviewing the field, I believe #7 Visitant [...]

Tin Badge Faces State-Breds in Gray’s Lake Stakes

The three Triple Crown races offer an opportunity for the best three-year-old Thoroughbreds in North America to showcase their talents in front of a worldwide audience. In contrast, the audience will be much smaller for Saturday’s $63,150 Gray’s Lake Stakes at Prairie Meadows, but the six-furlong race is nevertheless a nice spot for Iowa-bred three-year-olds to seek a stakes win. Six horses have been entered, and on paper the horse to beat is Tin Badge. A son of The Deputy, Tin [...]

Prairie Meadows Closes Meet with Eight Stakes on Saturday

Prairie Meadows  in Altoona, Iowa will wrap up its 2016 Quarter Horse racing season in style on Saturday, October 15. The final card, which begins at 1:00 pm (Central), features eight stakes and purses in excess of $800,000. Mary Paintyourwagon will run in Saturday's $230,310 Valley Junction Futurity at Prairie Meadows The richest race of the card is the $230,310 Valley Junction Futurity with the top ten qualifiers from trials contested on October 1. Mary Paintyourwagon, a daughter [...]

Four Bank of America Challenge Stakes Saturday at Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa will host four regional Bank of America Challenge stakes on their Saturday afternoon program.  Each of the winners will earn a berth to the Bank of America Challenge Championships which will take place at Los Alamitos on Saturday, October 29. The Challenge is heading into its 24th year for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). The first of the Challenge events will be the $36,720 Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge. The likely favorite will be [...]

Jockey Esgar Ramirez Aims for His Second All American Futurity Win

 Jockey Esgar Ramirez is preparing for a very busy weekend at Ruidoso Downs. The New Mexico racetrack wraps up its annual live racing season on Labor Day with the running of the $3 million All American Futurity (G1). Ramirez, who qualified three 2-year-olds to the final of the rich Quarter Horse race, opted to pilot fastest qualifier Imperial Eagle in Monday's final. The gelded son of One Famous Eagle is trained by Tony Sedillo and ran his 440-yard trial in [...]