The Iowa Sprint takes place on Sunday 5th July at Prairie Meadows. It is held over six furlongs and with a purse of $50K, it is set to be a suitably competitive affair. The race is open to three year olds and upward and is one of many top class events to be held at the track this weekend.
Awesome Saturday will be hoping to make it an awesome Sunday and pick up his first victory since the beginning of February. The Steven Asmussen-trained competitor is set to make his Prairie Meadows debut this weekend and will be hoping to land the spoils in this lucrative event. Although it has been over two years since the speedy six-year old was competing in Grade III company at Keeneland, he’s certainly been competitive in recent months and will be looking to build upon his close third at Lone Star last month. Having narrowly missed out in an 80K optional claimer at Oaklawn Park back in April, Awesome Saturday should be ready to roll in Iowa.
Theresa Luneack’s charge has been in superb form over the last twelve months and has some very impressive numbers to back up those performances. Although he hasn’t been seen since April, he looked extremely sharp in the TRAO Classic Sprint at Will Roger’s Downs and if he can go close to matching his beyer speed figure of 96, he shouldn’t be far away. Unlike Awesome Saturday, Welder has course form and has finished in the money on four of his five visits to this track.
Shawn Davis’ representative came close to scoring on his Prairie Meadows debut in May 2019, and he’ll be hoping to make amends for that narrow defeat this weekend. He hasn’t been seen since competing in the Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise in February, although a beyer speed figure of 94 in Arizona, he is expected to be competitive in this sprint event. With five wins in his last eight appearances, this experienced seven-year old should be involved at the business end of proceedings.
Brad Cox’s five-year old is one of the youngest thoroughbreds in the race, and will also making his debut at the Iowa track this weekend. Competing for a purse of $100K in the Thanksgiving Classic at the end of November, this speedy gelding found itself in deep water, however this event should prove to be a little easier. Having caught the eye at Keeneland and Churchill Downs, Whereshetoldmetogo cannot be taken lightly.
Although he may struggle to match the speed of some of his rivals, D’Rapper’s recent workouts at Lone Star make him an extremely interesting contender in this year’s Iowa Sprint. Scott Young’s inmate is a perfect three from three at the track and is also off the mark for 2020 having triumphed in the $50,000 claimer at Oaklawn Park. He certainly looks sharp and loves it around here, however he is in a tough spot, and faces some tricky rivals on Sunday.
Free Betting Pick
Although there is plenty of competition in this hotly-contested event, Theresa Luneack’s Welder may be the one to wager on this weekend. The trainer has an excellent record in stakes races, and with a combined winning distance of 22 lengths in his last three victories, he could be hard to stop here.
Spooky Express Free Pick – Welder
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