Betrothen Looks to Bounce Back in Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge

The two-time stakes winner in 2015 drew post 4 for Sunday's 400-yard stakes.

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A full field of 10, including multiple stakes winner Betrothen, has been entered in Sunday's Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge Stakes.

Betrothen, a two-time stakes winner during her 4-year-old season, will seek her first stakes win of this season in Sunday’s 400-yard, $20,000-added Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge.

A California-bred daughter of Walk Thru Fire trained by Ryan Hanson for RTM Stables LLC, Betrothen made her season debut with a sixth-place finish, 4 1/2 lengths behind fastest qualifier L Bar D Sweet Fantsy, in the first of two trials on April 24. However, the mare ended her 2015 campaign with a four-race win streak that included stakes victories at Les Bois Park and Sandy Downs in Idaho.

Betrothen drew post 4 and will be ridden by Nakia Ramirez.

L Bar D Sweet Fantsy races for Roberto Ponce from the barn of trainer Hector Magallanes. A two-time claiming winner during the 2015-16 Portland Meadows meet, the 4-year-old Fantastic Corona Jr mare will be ridden by Jake Samuels from post 6.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Cybil (Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa)
Absolut Pride (Louis Zacherle)
Wrap You Up (Jose Guerrero)
Betrothen (Nakia Ramirez)
Sorelli (Felimon Alvarado)
L Bar D Sweet Fantsy (Jake Samuels)
Tacacheck (Jose A. Beltran)
Flyin Lion (Jose P. Madrigal)
Let It Rain (J.L. Torres)
Ivory Bell (Jordan Hadley)

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