05/29/2010 11:00PM

Red Lead swoops past to win Rasmussen


ALTOONA, Iowa - Red Lead took advantage of a fast pace, rallying to win the $60,000 Jim Rasmussen Memorial at Prairie Meadows on Saturday.

Shadowbdancing set the pace in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, prompted early by T.C. Champ. He set early fractions of 23.73 and 46.68 and was three lengths clear at the top of the lane. Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman steadily advanced Red Lead from the third position and they rallied strongly down the middle of the track to catch Shadowbdancing and win by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:43.33.

"It was nice to see a warm pace set up for us," said trainer Chris Hartman.

Chris Hartman said that Red Lead would stay at Prairie Meadows and run in the Cornhusker on June 26.

Owned by Frontier Stables, Read Lead was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the five-horse field and returned $3.80.

Wild Rose: Choragus all the way

The favored Choragus outlasted eight rivals to win the night's other stakes, the $60,000 Wild Rose for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.

Choragus led the field of eight through fractions of 24.70, 49.48, 1:14.18 and 1:38.55. Hightap, who went off as the 8-5 second choice, was carried seven wide into the first turn. She got on even terms with Choragus going into the far turn, but could not maintain her drive. Choragus, ridden by Eddie Razo Jr., was able to hold off the belated rail charge of Patti's Regal song to win by a diminishing length in 1:44.95.

Choragus returned $5 for the win.

Choragus is owned by Robert Lothenbach's Lothenbach Stables Inc. She was saddled by Drew Coontz, the assistant for trainer Chris Block.