06/09/2011 2:47PM

Prairie Meadows: Kate's Main Man horse-for-the-course in Cyclones


The $75,000 Cyclones Handicap at Prairie Meadows brings together eight of the best Iowa-bred geldings in training to compete at 1 1/16 miles.
The focus will be on the 6-year-old Kate’s Main Man, who was victorious in Oaklawn Park’s $100,000 Essex Handicap in February and has won $325,559 of his $486,207 in earnings at Prairie Meadows.

Locally based trainer Randy Morse handles Kate’s Main Man for owner Randy Patterson. The meet’s runaway leading rider, Terry Thompson, gets the call on Kate’s Main Man, who is the likely pacesetter from the inside post. Tiger Lake, claimed by leading owner Maggi Moss for $25,000 out of a 10 3/4-length score on May 31, appears the chief threat and possesses tactical speed.

West Albany, who looked sharp when closing ground for second in the six-furlong John Wayne Stakes, will test his mettle around two turns for the first time this season. Wings of War broke tardily from the inside and wound up sixth as the 7-5 favorite in the John Wayne.

Popular veteran Red Hot N Gold, Little Chief, Spirit of Winter, and the late rallying Cainam complete the lineup.

In order to accommodate fans attending the simulcast of the 143rd Belmont Stakes, Saturday’s first live post will be at 5 p.m. Central.