08/08/2001 12:00AM

Yavapai Downs


Three stakes were held last weekend at the inaugural meet at Yavapai Downs in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Cartel Charley posted a narrow win over Rocket Effort in Saturday's $46,620 MBNA Racing Challenge. Cartel Charley, with Kenny Hart in the saddle, covered the 350 yards in 17.84 seconds.

The $10,000 Mile High Handicap at 1 1/16 miles was won by Vaclav, who completed the distance in 1:47.90. He was ridden by Scott Stevens, who had three wins on Saturday's card.

On Sunday, Yavapai Downs hosted the $10,000 Both Breeds Handicap for Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds at 870 yards. Sedum Red finished first, but was disqualified and placed second for impeding runner-up Special Star Bright in deep stretch.