Shez Jess Toxic Heads Merial Distaff

Consistent mare looks for a win in the Merial Distaff Challenge Championship.

Q-Racing Journal

The Dean Frey’s homebred Shez Jess Toxic, a close third in last year’s $100,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1), brings her stakes-tested credentials into the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at 400 yards.

The race will be an “all pink” race to help raise awareness of breast cancer during October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. Jockeys will wear pink silks and the horses will have pink saddle towels.

Shez Jess Toxic (Take Off Jess-Dashing Fly Lady by Victory Dash) has competed in stakes races in her latest 13 starts and 15 of her 16 most recent efforts. In the other race, she was second in her trial to the $171,000 Southern California Derby (G1) in 2012.

While Shez Jess Toxic is winless from six outs this year, she has four thirds against stakes company at Sam Houston Race Park, Remington Park and Los Alamitos. She was third in the $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G2), third in the $29,000 Merial Sam Houston Distaff Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park and recently has been back at Los Alamitos with thirds in the $16,000 Native Empress Handicap and the $24,000 Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge. In the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge, she was beaten by $156,250 Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) winner Nellie Delaney and 2013 champion aged mare Check N Fetch.

Rodney Verret’s Madresita (Pappastio-Mongoose Jet Eye by Mr Eye Opener) has been known for her quickness, but she reversed her form to make an impressive late run in the $32,000 Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge and win by a head. In her seven previous outs, she raced at distances from 220 yards to 350 yards.

Madresita won the $21,100 Roble Rojo Bonus Challenge Stakes at 300 yards back in February at Hialeah Park.

Paul Treadwell’s Xoom (Shazoom-Dashing Dion by Heza Fast Man) was the close second to Madresita in the Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge. The Edward Ross Hardy-trained mare came into the Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge off thirds in the $53,000 Canterbury Derby and the $25,000 Merial Canterbury Downs Distaff Challenge.

Garlyn Shelton’s Stoli Angel (Stoli-Eyesa Shaker by Eyesa Special) should be dangerous, especially if you throw out her fifth-place finish in the Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge. Before that race, the Russell Harris-trained mare won the Merial Arapahoe Park Distaff Challenge and had very close seconds in the $20,000 Silestone Stakes and the $29,000 Merial Sam Houston Distaff Challenge this year.

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