Oklahoma-bred 2-year-old Paints and Appaloosas had their stakes chance on Sunday in the $22,500 Victoria Ennis Memorial. KC Texas Lady used a solid start to take the immediate lead in the race, managing to hold on to win by a nose.
Owned by Wade and Charles Leggett of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and trained by Dee Keener, KC Texas Lady was ridden by Cody Jensen. The 2014 sorrel solid mare covered the 330 yards in :17.325 seconds. Cherry Cobbler, a 2014 bay solid gelding by Capo De Capi (QH) and out of Dash Olene, rallied to finish a close second with I Hear Banjos another 1-1/4 lengths behind in third place.
At 7-1 odds in the betting, KC Texas Lady paid $16 to win, $5.60 to place and $4.20 to show. Cherry Cobbler returned $3.80 to place and $3.20 to show. I Hear Banjos, a 2014 bay solid gelding by PYC Paint Your Wagon (QH) and out of Shawne Wind, paid $5.20 to show. CL Trap Queen was the wagering favorite at 8-5 odds but was never in the race, running eighth and last.
The victory was the second from four starts this season for KC Texas Lady, a Paint filly by Texas Six from the Royal Quick Flash mare Kaywantsafastone. She was bred in Oklahoma by Kay Churchwell. KC Texas Lady made $13,338 to increase her total bankroll to $21,664.
The Victoria Ennis Memorial is named in honor of the Oklahoman who was a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club Hall of Fame and was a prominent breeder and owner for many years before her passing in 2009.
The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.