Haynes Blue Boy Too Good in Covered Bridges Stakes
Haynes Blue Boy, under jockey Stormy Smith, winning the $25,000 Covered Bridges Stakes at Prairie Meadow Friday night.

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Haynes Blue Boy Too Good in Covered Bridges Stakes

ALTOONA, IA—OCTOBER 13, 2017—There were no surprises in the $25,000 Covered Bridges Stakes at Prairie Meadows, just an impressive, wire-to-wire victory by Haynes Blue Boy ($3.60) and leading rider Stormy Smith.

The duo won by 2-¾ lengths and covered the 870-yard race in 45.313 to earn a 101 speed index.

The Jess Louisiana Blue gelding attempted and won the 870-yard distance for the first time in his most recent start, and is now two for two at the distance and three for 12 lifetime. This was his first stakes appearance and win.

Haynes Blue Boy is trained by Charlton Hunt for owner and breeder Nancy McCoy. The 3-year-old was bred in Kansas, out of the multiple stakes placed mare Wave Corona, by Wave Carver.

Leading the rest of the pack around the hook was Hiclass Man and jockey David Pinon. The 4-year-old gelding by Brimmerton is trained by Patrick Swan. Jo Rice owns and bred Hiclass Man in Oklahoma, out of the Separatist mare Hiclass Kamikaze.

Hiclass Man has never been out of the money in his three starts around the turn, and won an 870-yard race in his last start by over two lengths.

Little Jo Eagle and Benito Jude Baca competed the trifecta for trainer Stacy Belt and owner Sunflower Stables LLC. Rusty Allred and Jay Lewis bred the One Famous Eagle gelding out of Jo Jos Country Chick, by Country Chicks Man.

Completing the field were Blue Eyed Andy, Im the Key, Wicked Valentine, No Regrets Here and Country Mans Jazz. Also a Feature was scratched.