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KR Dragonfly Defends in Lubbock

Defending Lubbock champ returns for second round.

September 27, 2012

Sally and Dave Kidd’s homebred KR Dragonfly makes her second start off a layoff when she defends her title in the $55,000 Lubbock Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares on Saturday afternoon at Zia Park.

KR Dragonfly (Separatist-Dreamers Wild Child by Sixarun) has not won since taking last year’s Lubbock Stakes by a half length. After her Lubbock win she shipped to Los Alamitos and raced to a third-place finish in the Las Damas Handicap (G3) and then was fifth in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2), defeated by Dash Back Perry in each race.

Returning from a nine-month layoff, KR Dragonfly was beaten by a length in an optional-claiming race as the even-money favorite and figures to improve for trainer Mike Joiner.

Edilberto Estrada’s Little Bit Southern (Southern Corona-Averys Little Bit by Streakin La Jolla) has primarily been facing New Mexico-breds and makes her first start since winning the Four Corners Senorita Stakes (RG3) back in April. That was the second stakes win for the former $5,000 claimer who has earned $247,900. Last December she defeated New Mexico-bred females while taking the Lou Wooten Stakes (RG1) at Sunland Park by 1 1/4 lengths.

Carl Pevehouse’s homebred Candy Cartel (Corona Cartel-This Candys Special by Strawfly Special) could be very dangerous when she makes her first start since taking the Fair Meadows Belle Stakes in June. She won six straight races, including the Decketta Stakes (G3), before finishing a close second to the talented A Toss Up in the Sooner State Stakes (RG1) at Remington Park back in April.