By Dan Johnson
Kate's Main Man, the 2010 national claimer of the year who ranks third among Iowa-breds in career earnings, is one of three inductees to the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place Aug. 2.
Also inducted were Jack Ketterer and Tom Flynn. Ketterer served 24 years as executive director of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission before retiring in 2012. He was named the 2010 "Gaming Regulator of the Year" by the International Masters of Gaming Law.
Flynn has been Prairie Meadows' attorney since helping the track through bankruptcy in 1991 and has been instrumental through the years in negotiating numerous agreements with several governmental bodies.
"Tom has helped with so many things and been integral in so many ways, that it's appropriate that he be inducted into the Hall of Fame," Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino president Gary Palmer said.
Kate's Main Man, a son of Bernstein out of the D'Accord mare Kate d'Kate, won 14 of 65 career races for $647,427 from 2005-13. His earnings have only been topped among Iowa-breds by Sure Shot Biscuit ($1,025,480) and the filly Sharky's Review ($685,425).
He was bred and raced by Loretta McClintock before being claimed by Randy Patterson for $35,000 in February 2010 and was named the National HBPA claimer of the year. His victories included the $100,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park, which makes him one of five Iowa-bred Thoroughbreds to win a six-figure unrestricted stake.