Jonathan Horowitz – Aurora, CO – June 14, 2015
Ms Dixie became the first horse in the history of Arapahoe Park to win the same stakes race four times with a hard-fought victory in Sunday’s COBRA Distaff Sprint Sponsored by MKP Enterprises. Owned by the Quarter Moon Ranch of Lori Powell and husband trainer Scott Powell, the 7-year-old gray mare also won the $25,000 Grade 3 stakes race for Arabian fillies and mares over six furlong in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
“Isn’t that amazing? This was a good, tough race. It’s great teamwork,” Scott Powell said.
Ms Dixie has won Darley Awards as champion Arabian 4-year-old filly in the United States in 2012 and champion Arabian mare in 2013 and 2014. She is attempting to become the first horse since the Darley Awards began in 1987 to be recognized as a U.S. champion in four consecutive years.
In Sunday’s renewal of the COBRA Distaff Sprint, Ms Dixie and jockey Karlo Lopez stalked the pace and asserted in the homestretch for a 2 1/4-length win in 1:20.00 as the 1-5 favorite in the field of seven. Four different jockeys have ridden Ms Dixie, now a winner of 18 of 40 lifetime races for $230,112 in career earnings, in her four COBRA Distaff Sprint wins—Michael Iammarino in 2012, Carl Williams in 2013, Mike Luark in 2014, and Lopez in 2015.
“Everyone thinks it’s the rider,” Scott Powell joked.
Powell stablemate Sand On Fire took second ridden by Travis Wales, and Mark Powell-trained Ivory Shores and jockey Iammarino were third.