08/26/2009 11:00PM

Kelly Von Hemel loaded for Classic Night


With 10 entrants participating in six of the seven Thoroughbreds stakes races on Iowa Classic Night at Prairie Meadows, the Kelly Von Hemel stable looks to have a busy Saturday.

In the Cradle for 2-year-old colts and geldings, Von Hemel has The Boot and Launch Light. The Boot won his maiden locally on Aug. 17 by a half-length. Launch Light journeyed up to Canterbury Park for the Brian Barenscheer Juvenile on Aug. 9 and ran well when second, beaten a head. Unfortunately, he was disqualified for interference at the top of the stretch and placed seventh.

Von Hemel saddles a trio of 3-year-old fillies in the Iowa Breeders Oaks, Go Milan Go, Cash Paycheck, and Launch Light Girl. Launch Light Girl, a full sister to Launch Light, is highly regarded and had, according to her trainer, "an easy race" when cruising home in Canterbury's MTA Stallion Lassie Stakes this past Sunday.

One of Von Hemel's more intriguing runners on the card is Mr. Tango, a 3-year-old son of Toccet who goes in the Iowa Breeders Derby. He looked stellar locally in April and May when winning a maiden and first-level allowance races. But after a freshening, Mr. Tango hardly tried when sixth, beaten 21 1/4 lengths by Red Hot N Gold on Aug.7.

Red Hot N Gold, the stable star in Von Hemel's outfit, is 11 for 22 at Prairie Meadows and he has earnings of $425,960. He tackles the Ralph Hayes, a race he won last year by a nose.

In the six-furlong Iowa Classic Sprint, Von Hemel has defending champ Crimson King Cat and Wild L. The race will mark the seasonal debut for the 6-year-old Wild L, who has amassed nearly $300,000 in earnings locally, and it is his first effort since he came back into training for Von Hemel about three months ago after a brief retirement.

"He is working excellently and I'm excited about running him," Von Hemel said of Wild L