Chicks Special Angel Wins Merial Sun Downs Challenge

Winning mare does it again at Sun Downs.
May 7, 2014

Coming off big trial win where she posted the top qualifying time, Chicks Special Angel returned Sunday afternoon to annihilate the field by posting a 2 1/4 length win over Alota Action in the $28,170 Merial Sun Downs Distaff Challenge. Last year's Merial winner Feature Miss Alibi was a neck back in the show position.

Ridden by jockey Hugo Herrera, Chicks Special Angel was much the best as she covered the 400 yards in :19.590 seconds, a 112 speed index. The $12,958 winner's purse boosts her career total to $45,322 with 13 wins in 20 starts. The victory also earned her a starting spot in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship(G1) on Bank of America Challenge Championship night October 18 at Prairie Meadows.

Miguel Sanguino saddled the 6-year-old Chicksspecialmongoose mare for owner Miguel Sanguino. Richard and Fern Wilde bred the sorrel mare in Oregon from the Super Bowl Dash mare CFF Plain Jane.

Also a 6-year-old, Alota Action races for owner John Olmos and trainer Robert Baze. Gorgonio Diaz rod the daughter of Grade 1 sire Quick Action (TB). Bred in California by Stanley Watkins from the Dash Thru Traffic mare Alota Traffic, Alota Action earned $5,634.

Last seasons Sun Downs Merial Distaff winner Feature Miss Alibi earned $2,817 to boos her career total to nearly $30,000. Susan Hadley trains the homebred daughter of Feature Mr Jess for Tony Greaves. Jordan Hadley was aboard the 5-year-old from the Dash Ta Fame mare Alibi Fame.

Completing the field were Ms Eaves, The Streakin Clean, Jus A Rumor, Flyin Lion, Shake Wide Open, Righteous Look and Wild N Sexy.

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