Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Stakes

Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Stakes

Cat Daddys Lil Girl opens her 6-year-old season with a graded stakes win.

Cat Daddys Lil Girl Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap

text size

A sharp break from post 5 helped Cat Daddys Lil Girl score a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $100,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park.

Prepped by Wes Giles for owners Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez and sent to post as the 7-5 favorite, Cat Daddys Lil Girl defeated Mi Moonflash by 1 1/4 lengths in :19.367. Noe Garcia Jr. rode the homebred 6-year-old gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel, who recorded a 102 speed index fourth career graded stakes win.

Cat Daddys Lil Girl was shortening in distance off of her eighth-place finish in the December 11, 440-yard Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos, and she was coming off of a 5-year-old campaign during which she won two stakes, including the May 29, 400-yard Junos Request Stakes (G1) at Remington Park. . Raced in three states, including Oklahoma, the mare has won 10 of 23 outs -- including six of 14 at the 400-yard distance -- and she has earned $554,408.

Chicky Chicky Kai ran third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Cat Daddys Lil Girl. Fireball Flash, A Flashin Blu, Crown N Royal Gal, Jess To Reel, Hearts Mystic Rime, Famous Julia, and Amandas Flashy completed the order of finish.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.