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October 30, 2011
Sheza Bad Habit has raced all over the country, including at many smaller tracks like Dixie Downs, Sun Downs and Sandy Downs, but she seems to run her best under the bright lights of Los Alamitos. She proved that once again in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) when she defeated a tough field of older fillies and mares.
With Rodrigo Aceves aboard for trainer Bret Vickery, the 4-year-old daughter of Looking For Chicks broke well from the outside post and went on to win by a half-length in :19.605 for 400 yards. Owned by Alvin Jonas of Pahrump, Nevada, and bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC, Sheza Bad Habit earned the 10th win of her 24-race career and sent her bankroll to $159,799.
Sheza Bad Habit has raced at Los Alamitos, where she now has five career wins, in each of her three years on the track, but she’s also raced throughout the Intermountain region. She became eligible for this race by finishing second in the Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge in Washington, and she also raced at Sandy Downs and Les Bois Park in Idaho this year.
“This mare is amazing,” said Vickery. “She gives you everything and then some. When this mare throws a good race, she can run with the best of them. We’ve been discussing pulling some embryos this spring, but while she’s running this well, we may have to rethink that.”
Sheza Bad Habit is out of the unraced Apollo (TB) mare Sheza Habit, a full sister to champion and Grade 1 winner Old Habits.
Robert Gentry completed the trifecta in the race with a pair of homebreds. Fredaville, a mare by Mr Jess Perry, took second with 3-2 favorite and Grade 1 winner Fovee in third.
EBW Obsession, Features Lucky Charm, Corona For You, Shes First Down, A Regal Blue Sky, Memories N Moments and Stylish Jess BR completed the field.
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