April 1-3 Stakes Recap
A recap of non-graded stakes action.
April 1, 2016
Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes action for the week of April 1-3. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap stories in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.
Ed Allred's Blabber was a prompt 2-1 favorite in the $15,000 AB What A Runner Handicap for fillies and mares on Friday.
Trained by Scott Willoughby, Blabber made her 350-yard trip in :17.648 while defeating Foo Who by a neck. Gary Boag, one of the track's top Thoroughbred riders, rode the homebred 4-year-old daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Kiddy Up.
"(Foo Who) had us by about a neck, but once we crossed the paddock area my mare found another gear," Boag said. "I have to thank Scott. When Rodrigo Aceves and Carlos Huerta took time off because of injuries, Scott gave me some opportunities to ride."
Campaigned exclusively in California, Blabber has won six of her 14 races, including three stakes, and she has earned $61,325.
Apollitical Zoom finished third and was followed by Shes Da One On Fire and Apollitical Chic.
Sam Houston Race Park
Rodrigo Vallejo rode Kitty Kat Galore B to a neck victory in Friday's $20,000 Miss Sam Houston Stakes (R) for Texas-bred distaffers.
Prepped by Judd Kearl for ownerr Bryon Gardner and aided by a 17-mph tail wind, Kitty Kat Galore B went 330 yards in :16.644 and posted a 101 speed index. The 4-year-old daughter of champion FDD Dynasty returned a $4.80 win mutuel as the 7-5 favorite in the field of eight.
"She ran huge tonight," said Kearl. "She got away good, and I thought she was beat early, but in the last 50 yards she went by horses like they were stopped."
Kitty Kat Galore B was bred in Texas by Bielau Oaks. The mare was returning to her native state from Florida, where she ran second in two allowance races at Hialeah Park.
"It took her a couple of outs after we did surgery on her," said Kearl. "She's coming back now."
Kitty Kat Galore B's Miss Sam Houston Stakes victory marked her third win in 12 outs and second stakes score. The $12,000 winner's share of the purse pushed her bankroll to $70,368.
My Glory Dash, Dee Dee Do Run Run, Pool Diva, Shake Em Valentine, Cartel Arrangement, Shiner Blond, and Vital Temp completed the order of finish.
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