For Immediate Release
Saturday, April 02, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Trainer Clint Crawford started defending Decketta Stakes champ This Candys Awesome in this year’s renewal of the Grade 3, $54,895 event Saturday night at Remington Park. He also saddled Candy Cartels Cat for the race and she pulled the mild-upset at 4-1 odds to deny her stablemate the opportunity to repeat in the race. 

Owned by PV Quarter Horse Farms of Ratliff City, Okla., Candy Cartels Cat started well and had an early lead in the Decketta, holding on to win by a nose over a fast-closing Sudden Separation. Jockey Jose Montoya was aboard and was pleased with the performance.

“She was gone from the word go. All Clint said was ‘just sit chilly on her and you’ll be alright.’ I never saw any horses until getting closer to the wire. I saw the 9 (Sudden Separation) flying and coming to me but other than that she was in front from the word go.”

Crawford was confident in the ability of both This Candys Awesome and Candy Cartels Cat in the Decketta, especially the latter, after the way she came into the season.

“That mare is getting really good. She trained really well all winter and I figured we’d have a good time at Remington with her this year.”

Away at 4-1 in the betting, Candy Cartels Cat crossed the 350-yard finish line in :17.465 seconds over the fast track, paying $10.40 to win, $4.40 to place and $4 to show. Sudden Separation returned $3.40 to place and $4 to show. Mavara Vegas was another neck behind for third to pay $9.80 to show. This Candys Awesome was the beaten even-money favorite, failing to defend her Decketta Stakes title, running fourth.

Bred in Oklahoma by the late Carl Pevehouse, Candy Cartels Cat runs under the family banner. She is a mare by Red Storm Cat from the Corona Cartel mare Candy Cartel, who won the Decketta Stakes at Remington Park in 2012. A winner of five races from 12 attempts and two in a row this season at Remington Park, Candy Cartels Cat made $33,084 to run her career total to $149,004.

The Decketta is named after the 1968 All American Futurity winner who was born in Blanchard, Okla. and campaigned by her breeder, owner and trainer W.W. Wilson. Decketta was a successful broodmare for over 20 years after her racing career was completed.

Remington Park concludes this weekend of racing on Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm-Central.

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