07/08/2017 8:36PM

Asmussen sweeps Iowa Sprint, Prairie Meadows Cornhusker

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Union Jackson paid $4 in winning the Iowa Sprint on Saturday.

Steve Asmussen fired two duds Thursday night at Prairie Meadows when favored Chantelline lost the Saylorville Stakes and favored Ever So Clever never factored in the Iowa Oaks.

But Asmussen hit nothing but bull's eyes the last two nights at Prairie.

He won the Iowa Distaff on Friday with Danzatrice and the Iowa Derby with Hence, and on Saturday Asmussen took down the $100,000 Iowa Sprint with Union Jackson, then won the richest race of the week, the Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker, with Iron Fist.

Mike Smith rode the Friday winners, while Ricardo Santana was aboard Union Jackson and Iron Fist.

Iron Fist ($17.60) got a perfect pressing trip racing about a length behind American Dubai’s splits of 23.49 for the first quarter and 47.38 to the half.

Santana edged up on the pacesetter through six furlongs in 1:10.62, got Iron Fist’s head in front just before the quarter-pole, pushed to a clear advantage at the sixteenth pole, and still had plenty left to see off Texas Chrome’s late charge. Iron Fist, who was actually going away again at the end, ran 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:47.36.

Texas Chrome was a clear second, and American Dubai held on for third in a spread-out field. New York shipper Dolphus, the heavy favorite, failed to find the lead, and, racing inside and behind horses, never mounted a challenge, checking in fifth. Second-choice Hawaakom was one-paced at best and finished sixth.

Five-year-old Iron Fist is by Tapit out of Successful Outlook, by Orientate, and is owned by Whispering Oaks Farm. He has won three times from six starts this year and found the winner’s circle Saturday night for the eighth time in 18 starts, with the Cornhusker his first graded-stakes win and the richest victory of his career.

A race earlier, in the Iowa Sprint, Union Jackson stumbled slightly at the start but recovered to take up a stalking position down the backstretch. Boalt Hall came inside Wings Locked Up as the two went 21.74 for the first quarter-mile and 44.46 for the half. That was too much heat for the pacesetters, and Storm Advisory, tracking from third, pounced at the quarter-pole to take the lead.

But Union Jackson had found his best stride, came steadily down the center of the track, collared Storm Advisory inside the sixteenth pole, and held safe late-running Apprehender.

Union Jackson ran six furlongs in 1:08.75 and paid $4 as the favorite. The 5-year-old, owned by Stonestreet Stables, is by Curlin and out of Hot Dixie Chick, both horses that Asmussen trained, and won for the sixth time in 11 races.