Jorge Chavez will ride defending champion Sir Bear in the $400,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) on Saturday.
The fifth running of the 1 1/8-mile Cornhusker Handicap will be Sir Bear's 60th lifetime start. Trainer Ralph Ziadie said he thinks the eight year old gelding is as solid as ever.
"He's like a fine wine; better with age," he said. In March, Sir Bear won the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) under jockey Eibar Coa. He is coming into the Cornhusker off a second place finish to Include in the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) on June 2. Sir Bear has career earnings of more than $2.3 million.
The event at Prairie Meadows is Chavez's second visit to Iowa since May 21, when he competed in the Prairie Meadows Riding Cup to benefit the Des Moines Ronald McDonald House.
The field is as follows:
1) Euchre, trained by Bobby Frankel, ridden by Garrett Gomez, 8-1
2) Sir Bear, 4-1
3) Bravo Bull, trained by Paul Pearson, ridden by Dale Baze, 10-1
4) Dixie Dot Com, trained by W.J. Morey, Jr., ridden by David Flores, 3-1
5) Battle Mountain, trained by Don Von Hemel, ridden by Perry Compton, 6-1.
6) Sure Shot Biscuit, trained by Kelly Von Hemel, ridden by Terry Thompson, 2-1
7) Tiltam, trained by Arnold Lyons, ridden by Luis Quinonez, 12-1.
In 1999, trainer Elliot Walden saddled Golden Temper to set the stake record in a time of 1:42-4/5 in the first running of the Iowa Oaks for owners Mark Stanley & Double R Stables. Post time for the Cornhusker Handicap is approximately 7:25 p