07/24/2008 12:00AM

Prairie Meadows Cap is a summer rerun


The $75,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap on Saturday has turned into a Cornhusker Handicap rematch as the winner, Wayzata Bay, will meet runner-up Sumac. The Grade 2, $300,000 Cornhusker, which was run June 28, is the premier race of the Prairie Meadows season.

Wayzata Bay has been assigned high weight of 122 pounds for the Prairie Meadows Handicap and will concede four pounds to Sumac. In the Cornhusker, Wayzata Bay carried 119 pounds and gave five pounds to Sumac. Both the Cornhusker and Prairie Meadows handicaps are 1 1/8-mile races.

Wayzata Bay, trained by Judith Hicklin, raced in third early in the Cornhusker and drew off to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Sumac, a late-runner trained by John Hall, was up to beat Cornhusker third-place finisher Temporary Saint by a length but never challenged Wayzata Bay.

Two starts back, Sumac rallied from last to catch Wayzata Bay in deep stretch to win the Rasmussen Memorial by a neck.

Israel Ocampo will be back aboard Wayzata Bay, while Tim Doocy will take his regular seat on Sumac.

Red Hot N Gold, who will be seeking his fourth straight win, has established himself as the top older Iowa-bred male on the grounds. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel has given the call to Ken Shino, who guided the 4-year-old Red Hot N Gold to victory earlier this year in the John Wayne Stakes.