Bye Bye Birdy Flies in Merial Canterbury Distaff Challenge

The homebred 4-year-old Hawkinson mare scores her first stakes win Sunday at Canterbury Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Bye Bye Birdy scored a half-length win in Sunday's $39,150 Merial Canterbury Distaff Challenge. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Barbara Barley's Bye Bye Birdy scored her first career stakes win in Sunday's 400-yard, $39,150 Merial Canterbury Distaff Challenge at Canterbury Park.

Prepped by Casey Black, Bye Bye Birdy defeated Political Nonsense by a half of a length in :19.981 under jockey Stormy Smith. In addition to banking the $18,009 winner's share of the purse, the homebred 4-year-old daughter of champion Hawkinson landed a berth in the October 29, $150,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

"I just gave her something to run at, and she did the rest," said Smith.

Bye Bye Birdy was bred in Missouri. All told, the mare has won four of 17 races. Her dam, the homebred Zevi (TB) mare Sweet Bye And Bye, was a multiple graded stakes winner from 1994-97.

My Girls Toasted, Fortune In A Wagon, 7-5 favorite Cartel Rosie, Bad Girl Phase, Splishsplash, Cartel Dakota, Blacks Cartel, and Volcom Star completed the order of finish.

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