08/06/2008 12:00AM

Chances Are I Wil brings Grade 1 credentials


Chances Are I Wil, fresh from a win in the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship, heads the Grade 2, $73,350 Bank of America Central Challenge Championship on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

The Friday and Saturday night programs at the Iowa track feature regional stakes races in the Bank of America Challenge program. The winners of the regional stakes qualify for their respective stakes during the Challenge Championships at Evangeline Downs on Nov. 8.

Chances Are I Wil has steadily advanced to the top graded-stakes level after moving up through the conditioned allowance ranks in the Midwest and Oklahoma. He broke onto the national scene this spring at Remington Park by finishing second, by a nose, in the Grade 1 Sooner State Stakes and the Remington Park Championship.

Meeting Chances Are I Wil is WRS Special Shoe, coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Keokuk Stakes at Prairie Meadows. A 6-year-old gelding, he has finished in the top three in 34 of 43 starts, with 6 stakes wins.

Also on Saturday night, Silver Fastbac and Mr La Bubba bring winning streaks into the Grade 3, $39,150 Bayer Legend Central Derby Challenge. Silver Fastbac comes off three straight Grade 3 wins at Canterbury Park, while Mr La Bubba has won back-to-back races, capped by a win in the Grade 3 Canterbury Derby.

On Friday night, the card is headed by the Grade 3, $42,660 Ford Central Juvenile Challenge and the Grade 3, $25,380 Merial Distaff Challenge.

The Tin Man Can, first or second in each of his five starts, should be favored to gain his first stakes win in the Ford Central Juvenile Challenge. He won the last of three trials in the fastest qualifying time of 17.628 seconds for 350 yards.

The Merial Distaff Challenge is a wide-open field, with Shaky Girl holding a class edge. She was second in the Grade 2 Sunland Winter Derby and then off for five months before running fourth in a minor stakes at Remington Park. In her most recent start, she was third against colts in the Great Lakes Stakes at Canterbury Park.

Jess You and I testing quickness

Jess You and I, the champion 2-year-old gelding of 2006, will test his quickness over 220 yards in the Vespero overnight handicap on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

The 4-year-old Jess You and I is looking to regain his juvenile form. At 2, he won his first five starts, including the Grade 1 Golden State Million.

Jess You and I placed in three stakes last year, and his Vespero appearance is his first start since a fourth-place finish in his Los Alamitos Winter Championship trial on Feb. 2.

Go Love a Lark Go has the class, but most of that class has been shown over longer distances. A 6-year-old gelding, he was one of the top older geldings last year when he was second in the 440-yard, Grade 1 Los Alamitos Championship and the 400-yard, Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap. He comes off a fifth-place finish at 19-1 in the 400-yard, Grade 1 Vessels Maturity.