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Prairie Meadows Trainer Ray Tracy, Jr. Scores Triple on Friday's Card

May 13, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Friday, May 13, 2005

By Mary Lou Coady [515] 967-8247

PRAIRIE MEADOWS, Altoona, IA-Prairie Meadows Thoroughbred trainer Ray Tracy, Jr. was bound for good luck in Friday's races, despite rainy weather throughout the week in Altoona on the meet's only Friday the 13th race card.

Tracy, who moved his training operation to this area a few years back and earned the spring training title in 2000, recorded three victories on Friday, giving him eight wins so far this season tied in third place with Tim Gleason.

Competing on the claiming tag worth $6,250, Old Scudder started the evening's card with his second straight win of the year under jockey Cindy Noll. He won the speed duel with Watch Your Pennies at the half-mile marker and made his way clear by 1 ? lengths in his only race for trainer Tracy and owner RST Stables (Eric Ramaekers et al). Trainer Dave McShane claimed the horse back following the race on behalf of owners Ed and Gloria Holland. The Jeffery Jones charge, General Jay, advanced to second while Watch Your Pennies dropped back to third.

Day Court, the winner of Race 3 in one-mile claiming conditions, trailed early and then earned her second win on a late rally with rider Mike Allen. The 4-year-old gray filly owned by Jon Hanisch and Sherri Tracy clocked the distance at 17-1 longshot odds in 1:40.26. Legendary Smile improved her position from seventh to second by a half-length. Rodeo Ropey finished third. The $2 ticket across the board on Day Court returned $35.80, $15.40, and $6.80.

Talknoevil [1:11.52] drew away over six furlongs in Race 5, increasing the margin on her second lifetime victory to 2 ? lengths while holding off the late rush of Fear De Bay. Alex Birzer rode the 4-year-old brown gelding for owner Bonnie Schott. Caller Blocked saved ground to finish third.

In the remainder of Friday's races, France earned her second of twelve starts in Friday's field of open allowance runners. Ken Shino had the mount at longshot odds of 21-1, traveling six furlongs in 1:10.88 for trainer J. Larry Jones [29-10-6-0] 55.17% and owner Pia Kirkham. Happy Tracks, racing for Tudoc Stables, submitted the second fastest time with jockey Cindy Noll. French Account and Spectacular Milli tied in a dead heat for third place.

Betting favorite Redhot Roxie, an Iowa-bred daughter of Humming foaled by Don Beatty, earned her ticket from Race 4's maiden conditions at 5 ? furlongs. She was hand-ridden to the wire, 2 ? lengths in front under jockey Glenn Corbett in 1:07.50. Dick Clark saddled the second time starter for owner Maggi Moss. The Conway and Leinen charge, Love of Country, made a sweeping move from ninth on the second place wager, bringing along with her West Ballerina, who traveled from the back of the pack to get up, third for Lloyd Debruycker.

Slew Drops, the daughter of Evansville Slew owned by Robert F. Barnett, acquired her first career victory in maiden claiming conditions. She raced toward the back of the field traveling six furlongs with jockey Glenn Corbett and then angled out, going between horses at the eighth pole. The fourth betting interest at 6-1 covered six furlongs in 1:12.37. Kelly Von Hemel, posting 48.28 percent from top three finishers is the horse's trainer. She's Fast was a close second for owner Jim Schaben followed by Lloyd DeBruycker's Unbridled Contessa.

The 3-year-old Iowa filly, Donaren is 100 percent on the board this year, advancing to the winner's circle in statebred maiden conditions. She stalked the early speed duel of McNabbadabadoo and Silvie's Lullaby, acquired the lead by a head in the stretch, and drew away by 1 ? lengths in 1:40.82. Perry Compton rode this impressive granddaughter of Alysheba for breeder and owner Donald Downing. The Orion charge, Secret Player, came running late for second place. Silvie's Lullaby, owned by River Ridge Ranch and trained by Jim Arnett, hung on for third.

Country Warrior, last year's second place finisher whose campaign for three owners since April 2004 has included races at Prairie Meadows and Delta Downs in Louisiana, earned his eleventh lifetime victory in 6-furlong conditions. The 6-year-old Iowa-bred son of Ghazi, currently owned by Thomas D. O'Keefe and trained by Michael Natale, sprinted clear at the first call, holding on to the lead throughout the distance in 1:10.71. It was jockey Tim Doocy's eighteenth win of the season. Okoboji Racing Stables II is Country Warrior's breeder. Sir Dayjur pressed for the wire, just missing by a head in second place. Lord Alexander completed the top three.

Caller an Angel [1:05.59] gave Cindy Noll her eighteenth win on Friday's riding double. The third-time starter returned $32.80, $10,40, and $4.40 on the $2 wager, leading gate to wire at odds greater than 15-1. Dave McShane conditions the 4-year-old daughter of Caller I.D. out of the Our Gary mare, Harolds Angelsings, owned by her Iowa breeder, Harold Heslinga. The Kelly Von Hemel trainee Getdapartystarted, owned by Rose Kuta, stalked the pace at 5 ? furlongs for the second best effort. She went to the barn of trainer Dick Clark on the $10,000 claiming tag for her new owner, Maggi Moss. Springs Lil Orphan, owned and trained by Daniel Stumpf, completed the order.

Racing continues on Saturday, May 14, highlighted by the thirteenth running of the Mamie Eisenhower Stakes valued at $60,000. The favored entry of Only At Night and Switch Lanes go postward at even money for owner Maggi Moss and trainer Dick Clark in the field of six statebreds.

Maggi Moss is eight wins in the lead in first place with 13 wins atop the owner standings. Orion Stables (Jim McCoy) has five wins followed by River Ridge Ranch LC (Sandra Rasmussen) with four wins.

Racing continues on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (CDT). The $60,000 Mamie Eisenhower Stakes for statebred fillies and mares, three years and older, is Race 8 on the card scheduled to go off at 9:18 p.m.

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