09/23/2010 12:27PM

Hadleybestoned looks to stay perfect in Jim Bader Futurity


ALTOONA, Iowa – Prairie Meadows closes its inaugural Quarter Horse meet with Iowa Champions Night on Saturday. The night features five stakes races for Iowa-bred horses.

The $68,200 Jim Bader Futurity at 350 yards showcases nine of the state’s 2-year-olds. Hadleybestoned has been perfect so far in his young career, winning his first two races.

“I aim my horses towards the Iowa meet,” trainer Tony Jones said. “I knew when he came up here that I had him where I wanted him to be physically and mentally.”

Jones would have liked to have had one more race in Hadleybestoned before the Jim Bader, but he had sore shins and was given a bit of a rest.

Hadleybestoned will again face Dash of Paint, runner-up in the sale futurity. Dash of Paint is the most experienced entrant in the race and has three wins from five starts and $43,624 in earnings.

In the $65,400 Polk County Derby at 400 yards, The Regal Streak will try to improve off her last start, when she was fractious in the gate.

“Since then, we stood her in the gate to try to get her to look down the track and focus,” trainer Brent Clay said.

The Regal Streak will test a field of seven, including Iris Cartelsbadnews who finished ahead of The Regal Streak in a conditioned allowance last out.

In the $40,000 Future of Iowa at 350 yards, Cartels Belle heads a field of eight.

“This filly is one of those horses that to date has made very few mistakes,” Clay said. “Hopefully she has some racing luck and gets the opportunity to win the race.”

Eyeowa Cylcone leads a field of seven in the $35,000 Claiming Classic at 350 yards. He enters off a victory in a statebred claiming race on Sept. 4.

In the $50,000 Terrace Hill at 440 yards, WRS Special Shoe will try to defeat four others to collect his third Terrace Hill victory. The 8-year-old gelding enters in good form after winning his first two starts at the meet.