One Sweet Racy Wins AQHA California Distaff Challenge
The 4-year-old mare gets her first stakes victory on Sunday.
August 12, 2018
Sent to post as the 9-10 favorite, One Sweet Racy earned her first stakes victory in Sunday's $24,480 AQHA California Distaff Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, One Sweet Racy covered 400 yards in :19.689 while defeating One Hot Habit by a neck. Chris O'Dell prepped the 4-year-old daughter of One Sweet Jess for owner Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas.
One Sweet Racy was bred in Missouri by Sunflower Supply Co. The mare was stretching out in distance off of a one-length victory as the 1-5 choice in a 300-yard non-winners-of-two allowance sprint at Los Alamitos on July 6.
“I’ve had her for a couple of months now,” O’Dell said. “We couldn’t be happier. I’m just happy to get this win for Mr. Johnny Trotter. I’m super glad that he trusted me enough to send me a mare of this quality.
"She’s easy to work with and she’s acclimated to California really well," the trainer added. "She ran second in (the 2017) All American Derby and showed a lot of run there. She’s done nothing but hook tough horses during her whole career. She’s proven herself, but she’s been unlucky not to win some of those big races. We’re hoping that maybe she’s on track now.”
One Sweet Racy has won three of 15 races, and the $11,995 winner's share of the purse increased her bankroll to $303,173. O'Dell said that the mare will make her next start in the Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) on September 23.
“It’s the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap for sure,” O’Dell said. “I’ll have a couple of mares in that race, and I’d love to win it again. That’s a nice race to win. We love it here in California. There are a lot of nice races to go after. This is the place to be.”
Duck Dash N Go, Precious Dominique, Maggie Durant, Staggering Stride, and Start Somethin Bad completed the order of finish.
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