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Royal Snowflight edges Lawanda in Ms. Stakes


February 17, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Royal Snowflight and Kay Martz
(photo by Portland Meadows)
By Patrick J. Kerrison
Portland, OR – “Wonderful!” said winning rider Kay Martz. “She was wonderful to ride and very professional.”

Martz, the rider of Royal Snowflight in the abbreviated $10,000 Ms. Stakes field on Saturday, February 11, returned to the winner’s circle elated with the performance of the 3-year-old filly.

Going right to the front out of the gate, Martz urged her charge to the lead, joined in tandem by 1/5 race favorite Lawanda and Whos Knight Isthis.

“I told her to ‘quarter horse’ this filly out of the gate,” said winning owner and trainer David Runyon. “Get her out there and get to the front.”

Martz followed her instructions to the letter.

“Well, heck, that’s just what we did,” Martz said. “But apparently three out of the four of us had the same plan. We all came out of the gate screaming and hollering to get to the front.”

Rattling off the first quarter in 22 1/5 and the half in 45 4/5, Royal Snowflight raced side-by-side with Lawanda.

At the head of the lane the daughter of Mr. Easy Money went wide, pressing Lawanda further wide herself leading into a heady drive to the finish.

Battling together down the lane, they opened up six lengths to their nearest rival.

“Clark rode a heck of a race on Lawanda and through the stretch we were both just digging in hard,” Martz continued. “He really made me work hard.”

Royal Snowflight gamely held a narrow edge and won by a head. She returned $9.60 and $2.10. There was no show wagering due to the four-horse field.

Ole’s Honor was third with Whos Knight Isthis finishing fourth. Miss Sharpy was scratched.

Completing the test in 1:15 1/5, Royal Snowflight has now won four races at the meet from five starts. Overall in her career she is 4-0-1 from nine tries with $20,524 earned.

Owners Dave and Patricia Runyon claimed her on October 31 from trainer Jonathan Nance for $6,250. Since then she has captured the Lassie Stakes and Saturday’s Ms. Stakes.