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Fiftyshadesofhay Devours Her Competition at Prairie Meadows

Fiftyshadesofhay Iowa Oaks 615 X 400
Photo: Jack Coady/Coady Photography

Bob Baffert has a habit of shipping horses around the country to scoop up big pots, and Saturday night was no different at Prairie Meadows. Black Eyed Susan winner, Fiftyshadesofhay ($4.60) won the Iowa Oaks (G3) and took home the lion’s share of the $200,000 purse for 3-year-old fillies. Breaking alertly from the extreme outside, jockey Martin Garcia got the daughter of Pulpit in a good ground saving position sitting just off the flank of Grade 1 winner So Many Ways.

 

Entering the far turn Fiftyshadesofhay engaged So Many Ways, took the lead turning for home and was never challenged down to the wire, checking in a 3 ½ length winner. Seaneen Girl rallied late to grab place, while the early leader So Many Ways held show.

 

In a night dominated by short prices, Looking Cool rallied late to win the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) at 17-1. Former assistant to listed trainer Carl Nafzger, Ian Wilkes saddled the winner for owner Jim Tafel. The 3-year-old of Candy Ride rallied from well of the pace set by favorites Our Double Play and Manando. The Steve Asmussen trained Betweenhereandcool took the lead in midstretch but was overtaken in the shadow of the wire. Well behind in the early stages, Bashaar closed latest of all to grab third.

 

In the richest race of the night, Prayer for Relief ($3.80) ran his record at Prairie Meadows to a perfect 2-for-2 when capturing the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap (G3) for owner Zayat Stables, LLC and trainer Steve Asmussen. Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. had the 5-year-old son of Jump Start in the garden spot laying third behind Silver Max and Taptowne and he wore down the his rivals to take home $180,000 for his efforts. Early pace setter and multiple stakes winner on grass, Silver Max held for show.

 

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After two consecutive 2nd place finishes to start the year, Prayer for Relief was due for a win. Very happy for him and the Zayats.
Great night of racing in IOWA. Glad to see Prayer for Relief running well as a 5YO!

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My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.

 

My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.

 

The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum

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