08/04/2011 2:49PM

Prairie Meadows: Two Iowa Classic Night races stand out


ALTOONA, Iowa – Saturday evening’s Iowa Classic Night, featuring seven stakes races worth over a combined $530,000, brings together the best Iowa-breds in training, all 51 of which are stabled at Prairie Meadows. The races that start and finish the stakes program, the $75,000 Iowa Cradle and the $85,000 Donna Reed, carry significant intrigue.

The Iowa Cradle, a six-furlong juvenile event which drew six geldings and one colt, brings forth a rematch between probable favorite Beware the Devil and Voodooville.

Beware the Devil is trained by Lynn Chleborad, who is scheduled to saddle seven runners in the the Classic races, and could be her best chance for a victory. Owned and bred by Don Schrage, Beware the Devil, a Devil His Due gelding, romped by 10  1/4 lengths in the $107,036 Iowa Stallion Futurity on July 8, covering 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.02.

Following a professional four-furlong breeze in 47.96 seconds last Sunday, Chleborad said, “Beware the Devil does everything right and I’m excited about him.”

Beware the Devil will have to turn the tables on the once-raced Voodooville, who scorched his rivals in a five-furlong maiden race June 25 by 6 3/4 lengths.

Voodooville, a Petionville gelding purchased by owner Karon Ashford and trainer Ray Ashford out of breeder Gene Bogash’s paddock last autumn, was the subject of several sales rumors following his brazen display of speed. However, he remains with the Ashfords and has been training forwardly for the Cradle.

Voodooville will be ridden by the meet’s leading jockey, Terry Thompson, for the first time.

Notably, trainer Kelly Von Hemel, who is scheduled to saddle eight in the Classic races, leads over Peaks of Legend, the field’s lone colt, in the Cradle.

Peaks of Legend displayed an impressive turn of foot in his lone start on July 9. He rallied from last in the 5 1/2-furlong race under Glenn Corbett to score by 1 1/2 lengths. He should relish the extra sixteenth in the Cradle.

Classic Night closes with a wide open 12-horse renewal of the Donna Reed, a mile and 70-yard race for older fillies and mares. Tepid 7-2 morning-line favorite Go Milan Go, trained by Kelly Von Hemel, must reverse her form after getting trounced July 9 by 21 1/2 lengths against open company over the Donna Reed distance.

However, in her previous try, Go Milan Go proved her mettle on the front end in the $73,500 Hawkeyes Handicap, scoring by a half-length in the 1 1/16-mile stakes over fellow Donna Reed entrants Abydos and Rico’s Posse.

Leading owner Maggi Moss, who has won 35 of her 94 races here this season, is represented by Letters for Lunch in the Donna Reed. Saddled by Chris Richard, one of his seven intended starters on the evening, Letters for Lunch has won her last two six-furlong allowance races comfortably but will try two turns for only the second time in her 33-race career.

Amongst the others, veteran L  D’s Shes Special, owned, bred and trained by Larry Dunbar, showed spark when closing ground to be fourth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, in the July 11 Donna Reed prep.

“We’ve been waiting for a large field and a lively pace to close into to all year,” said Dunbar,.

L D’s Shes Special should get both in the Donna Reed.

◗ Jokes N Jazz, trained by Don Roberson for Robson Thoroughbreds, and Here Comes Polly, a Tom Lepic homebred conditioned by Tim Martin, will vie for favoritism in the six-furlong $75,000 Iowa Sorority for 2-year-old fillies.

◗ River Ridge Rance and Prairie Valley Farm’s filly Ginger Added, the undefeated 5 for 5 star of Dick Clark’s stable, looks to keep her perfect record intact in the $75,000 Iowa Breeders’ Oaks at a mile and 70 yards. Impressive in the $106,276 Iowa Stallion Stakes over the Oaks distance, Ginger Added, ridden by Prairie Meadows all-time leading rider, Glenn Corbett, could face a stiff challenge from Kelly Von Hemel’s in-form entrants Someplace Else and Lucky Daz.

◗ 2010 Iowa juvenile champ Dynamic Within, a homebred for trainer Larry Hunt, squares off against Prairie Lane Farm LLC’s One Hundred Proof and four others in the $75,000 Iowa Breeders’ Derby at 1 1/16 miles.

◗ Umbrella Stables LLC’s Mutti Blues, trained by Richard, and Don Schrage’s Launch Light, handled by Chleborad, have the best form in the $60,000 Iowa Classic Sprint.

◗ Randy Patterson’s classy Kate’s Main Man, trained by Randy Morse, must repel the likes of West Albany, Tiger Lake, Cainam and three others in the $85,000 Ralph Hayes for older colts and geldings at 1 1/16 miles.