Katharsis Takes Gillespie County Fair Futurity

The fourth-fastest qualifier scores her third win and first stakes victory on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

The Gillespie County Fair on Sunday ended its 2016 summer meet with a program that included the $146,350 Gillespie County Fair Futurity, which was won by the American Runaway filly Katharsis.

Fourth-fastest qualifier Katharsis broke sharply from post 2 and sprinted to her first stakes win in the $146,350 Gillespie County Fair Futurity on Sunday.

Racing for Emmanuel Villarreal, Katharsis covered 350 yards in :17.670 while earning a 99 speed index and defeating second-fastest qualifier Flying Red Corona by a nose. The $51,222 winner's share of the purse from her third win in six outs pushed the American Runaway filly's bankroll to $72,690, all of which has been earned in Texas.

Eddie Sanchez rode Katharsis for trainer Jose Sanchez.

Katharsis was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox, and the filly is out of All About Ease, a homebred 14-year-old daughter of all-time leading sire and 1987 world champion First Down Dash and the winner of the 2004 Rainbow Futurity (G1).  A half sister to Grade 1 winner Zoomin With Ease and Grade 3 winner All About Torque, Katharsis was purchased by Villarreal for $6,500 at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale.

Katharsis' resume includes a second-place finish, a neck behind winner FDP Rock Solid, in the 350-yard, $119,822 TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity (RG3) at Retama Park on July 2.

Ardor, the fastest qualifier and 9-10 favorite in the field of nine, ran third and was followed by Rb Rockin Pop, Pool Runner, JE And Thee, Jess Ponyupmr, DF Dashing Champ, and JMF Western Cartel. Third-fastest qualifier Zapata Chic was scratched.

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