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Fredaville Scores in Merial Challenge at Los Al

Oklahoma-bred mare wins her second Merial Challenge of the year.

August 19, 2012

Owner and breeder Robert Gentry enjoyed a second straight win in the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge (G3) after the Oklahoma-bred 6-year-old mare Fredaville posted a wire-to-wire victory Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Gentry won this race last season with the talented Grade 1-wining mare Fovee, who has since been retired from racing and is currently enjoying life as a broodmare. This time around it was Fredaville who carried the Gentry banner in the $24,480 Merial Los Alamitos Distaff, as the daughter of Mr Jess Perry held off Mauro Zaborowsky’s Thisfeatureisspecial by a half-length while covering the 400 yards in :19.684 with jockey G.R. Carter aboard.

The winner of this race also receives a berth to the Grade 1, $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge to be held at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, on October 27, but Fredaville was already going there after winning the Merial Challenge at Remington Park. The stay in Oklahoma was a good one for Fredaville, as she also finished a game second to Thisfeatureisspecial in the $50,000 Juno’s Request Stakes (G2).

“She had been off since the Junos Request on May 26, but she looked good in her return start,” said trainer Juan Aleman. “I think this race sets her up nicely for the Millie Vessels Handicap (on September 30). She’ll go to Iowa after the Millie Vessels and we’ll see how she does there. She’s been a traveler this season. She ran at Hialeah Park earlier this year in addition to Remington Park and Los Alamitos. She faced Thisfeatureisspecial in Oklahoma and now after this race she’s 1-1 against her. Fredaville has been a tough mare for a long time. She also ran second in last year’s Merial Distaff Challenge at Los Alamitos and hopefully she can run another good race in that final this year.”

Now a winner of 10 of 33 starts, Fredaville earned $11,505 in the Merial Challenge to take hear career earnings to $250,945. She has won seven of her last 14 starts.

“She warmed up nicely tonight and she kept her focus in the gate while the mare next to her threw a bit of a fit,” Carter said.

Carter has enjoyed his last few trips to the West Coast, as he won the Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) aboard the great looking Terrific Synergy on July 28.

“Winning never gets old especially when you’re traveling,” Carter said.

Thisfeatureisspecial earned $4,896 for finishing second. Legacy Ranch Inc and Muller Racing LLC’s Flying Fig, the 2010 champion 2-year-old filly, broke nicely from post four on the way to running third. Perrier Cartel, Touch Of Paso, Getit Together, Black Carmel, Jess So Sixy, and Oh La Traffic completed the field.