Frankie B, Girlrilla Win Lone Star Challenge Stakes

Both horses earn berths in Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos.

September 29, 2013

Lone Star Park on Saturday hosted a pair of Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes with Frankie B taking the Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge and Girlrilla capturing the Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge.

In the $31,680 Red Cell at 870 yards, Frankie B and jockey G.R. Carter Jr. rode the rail from post 1 and scored by a length in a time of :45.477 over a muddy track. The win earned the Tres Seis gelding a berth in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) to be held November 9 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Trained by John Stinebaugh, who co-owns the Texas-bred with Jerry Hill and Monica William, Frankie B won for the third time in four starts around the turn. The 4-year-old gelding enjoyed only modest success on the straightaway, and this win improved his record to 11-3-2-2 with earnings of $63,062. Bielau Oaks bred him out of the Feature Mr Jess mare My Fortune Feature.

Odds-on favorite Wahoo, winner of this year’s Governor’s Cup Marathon at Sam Houston Race Park and runner-up in the Remington Distance Handicap (G3), finished a clear second for owner Bobby Cox. James Ray Hrabovsky and Joye Leann Nalls’ Eye Shine At The Bar took third.

Crowson Racing’s Girlrilla made her stakes debut in the $37,800 Merial Challenge and came through with a head victory with Raul Herrera up for trainer Anna Crowson. The 4-year-old First Down Dash mare, who was bred by Lucas Racing Inc. in Maryland, sprinted 400 yards in :19.661 to earn a spot in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1).

This race marked the first start of the year for Girlrilla, who last year broke her maiden at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Texas and then later won an allowance race at Lone Star. She has now won three of eight career starts with earnings of $25,729.

Tammy Johnson and Jack Manning’s Solid Anita Jo rallied to take second, and Entrap finished third for owners Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches Ltd.