Candy Cartels Cat Wins Decketta Stakes

The homebred 4-year-old mare scores her first stakes victory Saturday at Remington Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Jockey Jose Montoya and Candy Cartels Cat return to the Remington Park winner's circle after the homebred mare's victory in Saturday's Decketta Stakes for distaffers. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Jose Montoya rode Candy Cartels Cat to the mare's first stakes victory in the 350-yard, $54,895 Decketta Stakes (G3) for distaffers at Remington Park on Saturday.

Trained by Clint Crawford for owner PV Quarter Horse Farms LLC of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, Candy Cartels Cat defeated Sudden Separation by a nose in :17.465. The homebred 4-year-old daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Red Storm Cat was recording her fifth win in 12 starts and pushing her bankroll to $149,004.

"She was gone from the word 'go,'" said Montoya. "All Clint said was, 'Just sit chilly on her and you'll be alright.' I never saw any horses (around us) until we got closer to the wire. I saw (Sudden Separation) flying and coming to me, but other than that she was in front from the start."

Candy Cartels Cat was coming off of a an allowance victory at Remington Park on March 11, her season debut. At 3, the mare ran fourth in both the Dash For Cash Derby (G3) at Lone Star Park and Heritage Place Derby (G3) at Remington.

"This mare is getting really good," said Crawford. "She trained really well all winter, and I figured we'd have a good time with her at Remington this year."

Mavara Vegas finished third, a neck behind the winner, and was followed by 8-5 favorite and defending Decketta Stakes champion This Candys Awesome, Great Grace, Rock Princess, Political Debut, Alis Jumpn, and Dazzlin Effort.

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