High Cotton's 3-year-old filly R Angel Katelyn racked up her third added-money win of the current Tampa Bay Downs meet with a comfortable 3 3/4-length win in Sunday's $100,000 Sophomore Fillies S.
The Florida-bred filly handled the seven furlongs without a problem, drawing off suddenly in upper stretch to coast home under a hand ride in 1:23.22 on the fast main track.
“She is a very nice filly,” said winning rider Edwin Gonzalez of his stalking trip. “I didn’t want to go too fast, and when I saw the speed slowing down, I made my move. She did the rest.”
“She’s just a lady. She does everything right, she doesn’t worry about anything and she doesn’t give you a lot of hassle,” trainer Gerald Bennett added.
“We freshened her up (after the Suncoast on Feb. 11) because she’d had three really hard races, just gave her a couple of weeks doing nothing, and it paid off,” Bennett continued. “It’s up to Rich (co-owner Rich Averill) what’s next. She’ll go long, but I think six-and-a-half or seven furlongs is her best distance.”
R Angel Katelyn is 5-1-1 in seven starts, with four stakes wins and earnings of $277,120. She's owned by Averill along with CCF Racing Stable and K Lauren Racing. She was bred by Craig Wheeler.
High Cotton is Florida's lead active General Sire with with 26 winners and over $925,000 in progeny earnings to date.