Prairie Meadows 2022 Stakes Winners & Local Connections Featured at Challenge Championships and Upcoming Breeders’ Cup
Altoona, IA (October 27, 2022) - The 2022 racing season at Prairie Meadows proved beneficial for local Quarter Horse qualifiers to the 2022 Bank of America Challenge Championships held at Horseshoe Indianapolis on Saturday, October 22. Valiant Miss Priss and Nothin Like You both won their respective divisions of the Challenge Championships after qualifying at Prairie Meadows this summer. Prairie Meadows has had a solid history of producing winners in the Bank of America Challenge Championships and has played host to the Championships three times (2012, 2014, and 2017). In the Grade 1 $109,877 Q-Racing Distaff Challenge Championship, Valiant Miss Priss (Valiant Hero-Corona Mit Go by PYC Paint Your Wagon) owned and trained by 2022 Prairie Meadows Leading Quarter Horse Trainer Stacy Hill and ridden by 2022 Prairie Meadows Leading Quarter Horse Jockey Cristian Esqueda broke well and led the field early before pulling away to a convincing one length win. In the Grade 2 $158,127 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship, Nothin Like You (Favorite Cartel-Whos Kissin Carter by Carters Cartel) was spectacular with a gate to wire one length victory for owner Bradbury Racing, trainer John D. Hammes and veteran jockey Stormy Smith who was inducted into the Prairie Meadows Racing Hall of Fame this year.
Another central Iowa stakes winner from Prairie Meadows’ 2022 racing season comes from the Thoroughbred stakes program. Iowa-bred two-year-old sensation Tyler’s Tribe sets his sights on a Breeders’ Cup win on Friday, November 4 in Future Stars Friday, the two-year-old stakes bonanza of the two-day 14-race Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Pre-entries announced yesterday show Tyler’s Tribe making the field for either the Grade 1 $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint going 5 ½ furlongs or the Grade 1 $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile going 1 & 1/16 miles on the dirt. Final entries for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races will be drawn on Monday, October 31 for both Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 race cards.
The undefeated two-year-old Tyler’s Tribe (Sharp Azteca-Impazible Woman by Mission Impazible) will continue his run for glory not only on the track but in spirit and accomplishment for his namesake, eight-year-old Tyler Juhl who has battled childhood leukemia and recently announced he is cancer-free. Juhl has a large following of family and friends including a Facebook fan page of followers also known as “Tyler’s Tribe” that cheer both the boy and Thoroughbred on. The precocious gelding owned by Prairie Meadows Hall of Famer Tom Lepic and trainer Tim Martin is a perfect five-for-five, including four stakes wins, guided by 2022 Prairie Meadows Leading Thoroughbred Jockey Kylee Jordan. Tyler (Juhl) is Tom Lepic’s grandson who has enjoyed coming to the races at Prairie Meadows and knowing there’s a horse named after him makes it so much more special to everyone involved. You are sure to see Tyler’s Tribe t-shirts and the large following at Keeneland next weekend to not only support the horse but support and cheer Tyler’s fight against leukemia. The two-day championship event will be shown live across, NBC, Peacock, USA Network, and FanDuel TV (formerly TVG). Check local listings for specific programming times.
Fans and patrons here in central Iowa be sure to come out to Prairie Meadows next Friday and Saturday to watch and wager on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships!
Contact: Racing Office Prairie Meadows (515) 967-1205 for more information.
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