On Sunday, three interesting races occurred at the Prairie Meadows Race Course in Iowa. At first, Butterbean was the best in the G3 Iowa Oaks. Three-year-olds also clashed in the Iowa Derby where Ain’t Life Grand struck gold, upon which Officiating prevailed in the G3 Cornhusker Handicap.
The first G3 dirt race of the day belonged among three-year-old fillies who covered the distance of a mile and a half of a furlong. Vying for the purse of $225,000, Butterbean (39-10) affirmed her strong claims here and under Glenn Corbett, she struck gold quite easily.
The Kenneth McPeek bound chestnut spent the race far behind the leaders; still, the pace was just too quick for the front to sustain it, and therefore, Butterbean relied on her superb finish, thanks to which she left the last but one place, got into contention, and gradually gained an advantage over her rivals to score in 1m 43.72s.
She concluded a victorious hattrick in front of the second Falconet (7-10), a favourite who delivered a decent run but was no match for the victress, while Free Like A Girl (99-10) finished third.
The successful filly definitely looked ready to take on an even better company, as in this G3 race, Butterbean delivered a really impressive performance. Her finish, during which she had to navigate through her rivals, was eye-catching and quite gutsy.
The Listed race for three-year-olds was held over the distance of a mile and a half of a furlong. Eight contestants fought for the purse of $250,000 on the dirt surface, while favourite Conagher (1-2) was close to achieving a victory, however, underestimated Ain’t Life Grand (58-5) denied him the glory.
Under Elvin Gonzales, the bay colt galloped in the rear of the field, yet his finish was so powerful that he swope by all of his rivals to record a victory in 1:42.65. Conagher had to settle for second place, defeated by one and half of a length while looking he might appreciate a slightly shorter distance. Chilleno (72-5) came home in third.
The victorious colt trained by Kelly Von Hemel had a black-type success under his belt before heading to the Iowa Derby, but his following outings among such a company didn’t result in another triumph, and therefore, he was only the fourth chance of the race. Still, he fared considerably better than the second chance, Major General (3-1), who didn’t have a single bright moment here and trailed home in last.
The $300,000 G3 dirt race was open to three-year-old and older horses who covered the distance of a mile and a furlong. In the field of six participants, four-year-old Officiating (84-10) struck gold after a brilliant ride by Javier Castellano.
He let the son of Blame gallop in third and very close to the front, and even though his other rivals bothered him on the far stretch, Officiating remained focused and challenged in the final stretch. Using the optimal carried weight, he took command and scored by one and ¼ length in 1m 50.04s when leaving outsider Fleetridge (32-1) in second.
Favorite Warrant (7-10) couldn’t get past third place in the closing stages and basically didn’t threaten the victorious Saffie Joseph bound colt at all.
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