Aiken-trained filly wins Iowa award

Helen Andrews' Prairie Blues was named the 2008 Iowa-bred Two Year Old Filly of the Year. (Photo by Jack Coady)

She has a lightning quick turn off foot and exploded onto the scene with an impressive 8 3/4 length victory in her debut June 20 in a 4 1/2 furlong Maiden Special Weight contest at Prairie Meadows. Helen Andrews' Prairie Blues was anything but melancholy, easily defeating the competition in both of her starts during her juvenile campaign. Her second win against stakes competition was equally impressive, soundly defeating her rivals in the 6-furlong Iowa Sorority Stakes on Aug. 23 by 2 3/4 lengths, a race also held at the Altoona, Iowa based track. Prairie Blues was named the 2008 Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association 2-Year-Old Filly champion at the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association banquet, Jan. 10, in Johnston, Iowa. The bay filly is by Rossini, the 2000 3-Year-Old champion Colt in Ireland, and is out of the Capote broodmare Babai Blues. She is conditioned by Anne Mitchell Pezzano and was broken and trained in Aiken. The stakes-winning filly was purchased for $8,000 at the 2006 Keeneland Association November Breeding Stock Sale. She has bankrolled $66,470. Savanna Rowe, a college student, whom Bill and Anne Mitchell Pezzano sponsored at Prairie Meadows Youth Days two years ago when she was a hot walker for the trainers, accepted the award, and was most gracious in doing so, said Mitchell Pezzano. "We talked to her on Sunday (Jan. 11), and they played a videotape that showed Helen Andrews and the filly's races," said Mitchell Pezzano. "She's (Savanna) very tall and poised." Rowe, who won a scholarship and goes to college in Iowa, attended the ITBOA ceremony with her family in place of Andrews and the Pezzanos, said Mitchell Pezzano. "The big trophy was shipped to Helen Andrews, and Savanna will give us the Trainers Trophy in April," said Mitchell Pezzano. "Savanna has arranged her school schedule so she'll be able to walk hots for us this summer."