April 3, 2011

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The Mallard Man Takes Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes

 HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 2, 2011) – One day after Comedero proved he’s the best Arkansas-bred male, Sanders Brothers’ All About Allie laid claim to the female title with an authoritative win in Sunday’s $50,000 Downthedustyroad Stakes, her second straight victory against state-bred competition.

All About AllieThe six-furlong race for Arkansas-bred females is named in honor of the Storm and a Half filly bred and raced in Arkansas before being sold to Zayat Stable when she went on to win the 2006 LaBrea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita.

Despite giving trainer David Whited fits in the paddock, All About Allie - another Storm and a Half filly - was all business once the gates opened, sitting off the pacesetter, Bikini Bella, through early fractions of :21 4/5 and :45 2/5 for the first half mile. The winner engaged the leader turning for home and in the final yards drew clear to win by 1 ½ length. Sharik was third. The winning time was 1:11 2/5 over a fast track.

“She’s all about winning,” said leading rider Cliff Berry. “She gets into the gate and that’s all she thinks about.”

“That was fun and we want to bask in it as long as you can because things can go south on you at any time,” added Whited. “She's different than all the rest because she sees a horse and she just wants to go by them, and she's been like that since the first day we got her. She goes just how fast as she has to in order to win. She's got some little problems, but she's very, very courageous and courage isn't something you can train into a horse. We usually like to give her about a month to six weeks between starts, so we don't really have anything picked out yet.”

As the heavy 3-5 favorite, All About Allie paid $3.20, $2.60 and $2.10. The homebred, coming off the win in the Feb. 27 Rainbow Miss Stakes, improved her record to five wins from seven starts and has now earned $139,200.

One race earlier, Five Star Racing Stable’s homebred The Mallard Man, a 5-year-old Sunday Break gelding, came from last to win the $50,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes – Male Division by three lengths over the 3-2 favorite Devil and a Half. Ridden by jockey Calvin Borel for trainer Al Cates, The Mallard Man paid $7.60, $3.40 and $2.80.