Kiddy Up Cowgirl Upsets $174,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Derby

The California-bred filly outruns her 16-1 odds at Los Alamitos.

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Eulices Gomez rode longshot Kiddy Up Cowgirl to a three-quarter length win in Friday's PCQHRA Breeders' Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Sent to post at odds of 16-1, Kiddy Up Cowgirl responded with a three-quarter length victory in Friday's $174,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Kiddy Up Cowgirl covered 400 yards in :19.869 and earned an 89 speed index under jockey Eulices Gomez. James Glenn Jr. saddled the sorrel daughter of the Corona Cartel stalllion Kiddy Up for owners David and Leah Nelson.

James Glenn Jr. (left) and
David Nelson celebrate Kiddy
Up Cowgirl's victory. PHOTO:
Los Alamitos Racecourse

Kiddy Up Cowgirl was bred by David Martin. The Nelsons purchased the filly privately from Robin MacPherson, the daughter of the late longtime owner and breeder Rod MacPherson.

“We had watched her on TVG, and even back then Jimmy Glenn, Jr. kept bragging about her,” David Nelson said. “He said that this was really a good horse and that she would develop into something special.”

"When Robin decided to get out of the business, Jimmy had three horses with her, including Kiddy Up Cowgirl," he added. "She said, 'Find a home for them," so Jimmy called me and said, 'Hey, I've got a real deal for you.' We said that we would take it. It was a great opportunity. We just happened to be standing on the street corner when good luck came by."

“Robin went out of her way to help us make this deal happen,” Glenn said. “We bought a group of horses from her for pennies on the dollar. She wanted to make sure that these horses would have a great home.”

Kiddy Up Cowgirl is out of Girls Choice, an unraced 9-year-old daughter of the First Down Dash stallion A Regal Choice. Her second dam, the Raise A Secret mare Girl Secrets, was a multiple graded stakes winner at Los Alamitos from 1997-99.

Campaigned exclusively in California, Kiddy Up Cowgirl has won four of 16 starts, and the $73,080 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory pushed her lifetime earnings to $166,591, of which $119,953 has been banked this season.

Renewed finished second and was followed by One Proud Eagle, LD Is Back, Ms Jess Knockout, Duck Dash N Go, Myfavoritestreaker, Brimmin Corona, Remembering Florence, and Look At Her.

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