Three Stakes Races on Saturday at Prairie Meadows

Rob Gregorka
Updated: June 24, 2011 -- 4:45 PM ET

Las Vegas, NV -- The biggest horse racing card of the season at Prairie Meadows is on Saturday, highlighted by three Grade 3 stakes races. Awesome Gem is favored in the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap, Astrology is the horse betting favorite in the $250,000 Iowa Derby and Daisy Devine is the morning line choice in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks.

Here is the full field for Saturday's Cornhusker Handicap:

Post

Horse

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Headache

M Mena

8-1

2

It Happened Again

M Smith

6-1

3

Schramsberg

K Tohill

10-1

4

Awesome Gem

R Albarado

3-1

5

Fast Alex

E Razo, Jr.

12-1

6

Victory Pete

R Bejarano

15-1

7

Red Lead

P Teator

20-1

8

Cryptolight

T Thompson

20-1

9

Shadowbdancing

J Castanon

8-1

10

Stachys

D Bell

9-2

11

Black Hills

J Barton

12-1


The biggest horse racing card of the season at Prairie Meadows is on Saturday, highlighted by three Grade 3 stakes races.

The Cornhusker Handicap features the 8-year old Awesome Gem who continues to amaze having won more than $2.5 million dollars in his 43- race career. He won last time out in the Lone Star Park Handicap so he will be going for two straight wins but it is worth noting that he has not won two in a row since 2006. Awesome Gem is the 3-1 favorite in horse betting but he could be beatable on Saturday night. There are six other horses listed with odds of 12-1 or less so it could be a wide open race. Headache, who is trained by Mike Maker, starts on the rail and has odds of 8-1. Also in the mix should be It Happened Again for trainer Steve Asmussen. He will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and has morning line odds of 6-1 in off track betting. Dont forget to consider Schramsberg and Red Lead who are trained by local trainer Chris Hartman.

Here is the full field for Saturday's Iowa Derby:

Post

Horse

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Prayer for Relief

R Bejarano

7-2

2

Sheriff Cogburn

P Compton

8-1

3

Marcos Fling

F Munaylla

12-1

4

Irish Lion

R Allen, Jr.

10-1

5

Astrology

M Smith

9-5

6

Dreaminofthewin

T Thompson

8-1

7

Chosen Miracle

J Bridgmohan

10-1

8

Calebs Posse

E Razo, Jr.

4-1

Here is the full field for Saturday's Iowa Oaks:

Post

Horse

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Little Miss Holly

C Lanerie

3-1

2

Versailles Song

T Thompson

6-1

3

Hearts On Fire

A Birzer

5-1

4

All About Allie

S Laviolette

8-1

5

Daisy Devine

J Graham

6-5

6

Find the Humor

D Mello

12-1

The Iowa Derby is led by Astrology, who ran third in the Preakness Stakes. He is the 9-5 favorite in horse wagering for trainer Steve Asmussen and will be ridden by Mike Smith. Other contenders include Calebs Posse, who won the Ohio Derby, and Bob Bafferts Prayer for Relief. The Iowa Oaks looks to be very competitive in off-track betting with Daisy Devine and Little Miss Holly the two top choices.

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