One Sweet Racy Wins AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship

The 4-year-old mare gets her first graded stakes victory

Q-Racing Journal

One Sweet Racy earned her first graded stakes win in Sunday's AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Johnny Trotter's One Sweet Racy, a 4-year-old daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion One Sweet Jess, was a prompt 3-5 favorite in Sunday's $100,000 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, One Sweet Racy covered 400 yards in :19.872, and her margin of victory was a nose from Tickle Ur Fancy. Chris O'Dell prepped the sorrel mare.

One Sweet Racy was bred in Missouri by Sunflower Supply Company. Raced in California, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, the mare has won four of 17 starts, and her two lifetime stakes scores include a neck victory in the August 12, $24,480 AQHA Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge. The $46,000 winner's share of the purse from her first graded stakes win pushed her earnings to $370,423.

The AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship was originally scheduled to run on November 17 as part of Bank of America Challenge Championship Night. However, there was a gate malfunction before the start of the race that affected several horses in the race and as a result the stewards declared the race a “no-contest.”

One Sweet Racy was one of the horses affected on November 17, but fortunately for her connections it was something that she was able to quickly overcome.

“When the gate malfunctioned, she broke through the gate and she grabbed a quarter,” O’Dell explained. “We had to patch that up a little bit and work on it. That put us a little bit behind, but everyone was pretty much on the same boat; everyone had their own problems and things to deal with after that night. She grabbed a spot and tore a little bit of skin off. Fortunately it wasn’t a huge deal and we were able to take care of it.

“Eduardo said she got a little bit tired right at the very end," the trainer added. "(Tickle Ur Fancy) ran a great race. She was one of better horses in the race and ran a great race. She was running at us. I think our plan is to race her in the Charger Bar Handicap next.”

Duck Dash N Go, Glen Ellyn, Kono, Gold Diggin Queen, Corona Springs, Mary Paintyourwagon, and Dahteste completed the order of finish.

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