Cornhusker Handicap

Sir Anthony Gives Trainer First Win Of 2019 In Cornhusker Upset

Richard Otto’s homebred Sir Anthony was an 8-1 surprise in Friday’s G3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows, closing from well off the early pace to score by a half-length on the wire. Ridden by Pedro Cotto, Jr., the 4-year-old Mineshaft ridgling covered nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:48.98. The Cornhusker was the […]

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Defending Cornhusker Winner Remembering Rita Tops 2019 Nominees

The names of 218 Thoroughbreds, including a pair of defending champions, fill the nominations for the 2019 Iowa Festival of Racing, which will be run on Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, IA. Post time for both days of the 2019 Iowa Festival of Racing will […]

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Local Horse Remembering Rita Springs The Upset In Cornhusker

Jeral Keith Adams’ Remembering Rita didn’t break his maiden until the start of the 2018 meeting at Prairie Meadows, but on Friday evening, the 4-year-old son of Spring At Last captured the track’s richest race. Traveling just off the pace under Alex Birzer, the 19-1 Remembering Rita challenged frontrunning Dalmore at the top of the […]

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McCraken Takes On Baffert’s Dr. Dorr In Prairie Meadows Cornhusker

A field of nine has signed on for the $300,000 Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap on July 6 at Prairie Meadows, topped by the Bob Baffert-trained Dr. Dorr. A lightly-raced 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky, Dr. Dorr has won three of his four starts in 2018, including the G2 Californian Stakes. Most recently, he finished […]

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Toby Keith’s Smack Smack Narrowly Takes Cornhusker Handicap

Smack Smack came from off the pace to narrowly edge front-running Shotgun Kowboy in Saturday’s $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap for owner-breeder Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin Farm and trainer Don Von Hemel. Under jockey Shane Laviolette and 115 pounds, the 5-year-old gelding by Closing Argument out of Smack Madam, by Victory Gallop, covered 1 1/8 […]

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Toby Keith’s Smack Smack Narrowly Takes Cornhusker Handicap

Smack Smack came from off the pace to narrowly edge front-running Shotgun Kowboy in Saturday’s $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap for owner-breeder Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin’ Farms and trainer Don Von Hemel. Under jockey Shane Laviolette and 115 pounds, the 5-year-old gelding by Closing Argument out of Smack Madam, by Victory Gallop, covered 1 1/8 […]

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Carve Notches Cornhusker ‘Cap Victory

Michael Langford’s Carve held steady under urging to win the feature race at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino on Saturday night, the Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap. Right to Vote led the field through fractions of :23.50, :47.36, and 1:11.14. Rounding the turn, he was challenged by Carve, who battled him down to […]

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Prayer for Relief Proves Divine in Prairie Meadows Cornhusker

Morning line favorite Prayer for Relief, under the instruction of Ricardo Santana, Jr., navigated a convincing win in the Grade 3 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker over early leader Silver Max at Prairie Meadows on Saturday night. The 5-year-old Steve Asmussen trainee picked up his first win since a victory in the 2011 Grade 2 Super Derby, […]

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Cornhusker night produces highest on-track betting in eight years

Prairie Meadows had its largest on-track betting total in eight years during Saturday¬ís racing program that included the Cornhusker Handicap and Iowa Derby. Fans at Prairie Meadows wagered $186,474 on the 10 races. That was the highest total since $206,598 was bet on Cornhusker night on July 3, 2004. With Eclipse Award-winner Hansen in the […]

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