Vivid Earns Crown in MIss Princess

The 4-year-old mare gets up at the wire Saturday at Los Alamitos.

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Howard Nichols' Vivid earned her third stakes win, and first graded stakes victory, in Saturday's Miss Princess Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Making her first start in more than five months, Howard Nichols’ Vivid earned her first graded stakes victory in Saturday’s $20,000 Miss Princess Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Guillermo Suarez for trainer Jose Flores, Vivid went 350 yards in :17.644 against a 6-mph head wind, and her winning margin was a nose from Time For Jess. The 4-year-old Walk Thru Fire mare earned $11,000 to push her bankroll to $74,268 from 15 outs, all in California.

Vivid had not raced since January 3, when she ran eighth in the 400-yard Charger Bar Handicap (G1).
“We took her to be bred, but she missed,” said Flores. “We brought her back kind of on a short schedule. We brought her back for the Vessels Maturity trials (on June 12). I was skeptical, but I talk to Howard and his wife and told them that I nominated her to this stakes race.

“She only had two 220-yard works, but going far for this mare really comes natural to her ever since she was a baby,” added the trainer. “Now if she can start breaking the way she did she might be pretty good. I was excited because we haven’t had the best of luck this year, but sometimes it takes a good horse to wake up the barn, and she just did it.”

Vivid was bred in California by Dr. Ed Allred. The mare has won five races, including the December 18 A Ransom Handicap and the 2014 Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile Stakes.

Apollitical Zoom finished third, a half of a length behind Vivid, and was followed by 7-10 favorite Blabber.

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