Stakes Day at Prairie Meadows Includes G3 Iowa Oaks

Stakes Day at Prairie Meadows Includes G3 Iowa Oaks

Category : News - Thu 26/06/2014 - 18:50 EDT

A field of nine sophomore fillies will take to the track in Saturdays $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows. The Grade 3 event will be run at a mile and a sixteenth on conventional dirt and has held graded stakes status since 2004.

The slight favorite in the wide-open field of nine is Sugar Shock, a three-year-old daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) trained by Doug Anderson. Channing Hill will be aboard and he has ridden her to all four of her victories, most recently in the Panthers Stakes. The lone real blemish on her eight-race record was an eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks.

Kentucky Oaks contender looking for first graded win

Second choice at 7-2 is Michael Maker’s chestnut filly, Thank You Marylou. Carrying the familiar red and white colors of Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the daughter of Birdstone will be making her first start since a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks. She has won two of her five starts, both of which came against stakes company and will attempt to earn her first graded win. Cornelio Velazquez has been named to ride with regular rider Julian Leparoux going with Ria Antonia.

Longshot Designer Legs tries to get back on the board

Also in the field is longshot Designer Legs for trainer Dallas Stewart. Robbie Albarado, Jr. will be aboard the three-year-old daughter of Graeme Hall. She won the first stakes race of her career at Prairie Meadows as a juvenile before winning the Adirondack Stakes (G2) via disqualification. She has been tabbed at 12-1 morning line and has yet to hit the board from two starts this year.

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