Q-Racing Video Indianapolis Distaff Challenge

Q-Racing Video Indianapolis Distaff Challenge

One Coldhearted Diva earns her first stakes win in wire-to-wire fashion.

One Coldhearted Diva. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Bennett Racing Stable's One Coldhearted Diva parlayed a sharp break from post 5 into a wire-to-wire victory in Thursday's 400-yard, $27,430 Q-Racing Video Indianapolis Distaff Challenge Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Aided by a reported 14-mph tail wind, One Coldhearted Diva defeated Jess Gimme A Kiss by a neck in :19.983. Giovani Vazquez-Gomez rode the homebred 4-year-old One Fabulous Eagle mare for trainer Jessi Vazquez.

"Her name says it all," said Jessi Vazquez of One Coldhearted Diva. "You never know what horse is going to show up. Sometimes she breaks well and then doesn't finish well. Sometimes she doesn't break and then she finishes well. You just never know what to expect, but the right horse showed up today."

One Coldhearted Diva was bred in Indiana, and the mare's first stakes win earned her a berth in the Grade 1, $100,000 Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge Championship at Horseshoe Indianapolis on October 22. One Coldhearted Diva has won three of 21 starts and has banked $91,211, and her career record includes a second-place finish in the 2020 Jaguar Rocket Stakes (R).

Dianne Bennett of Bennett Racing Stables is the longtime executive director of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana, and in that post she has worked to promote Quarter Horse racing in her home state. She nicknames all of her horses out of  her favorite television situation comedies. Bennett has nicknamed One Coldhearted Diva after "Alice," from the popular 1980s sitcom starring Linda Lavin.

"'Alice' looked good today," Bennett said of One Coldhearted Diva. "She was very peppy before the race. She wintered at my farm this past year, and she just got to be a horse for a while. When we first took her home, she would run and run and was just like she is at the track. But after she was there for a while, she settled down and relaxed.”

Dugan Chapel Baby finished third and was followed by Paradyce, Count Down, Jess Over Yonder, and Pathogenesis.

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