10/16/2011 10:48AM

Retama: Sisterhood extends string of stakes success for Ramseys by taking La Senorita


Sisterhood continued the incredible run of stakes success her owners, Ken and Sarah Ramsey, have had this month when she won her maiden in Saturday night’s $75,000 La Senorita at Retama Park. She edged Mi Locasta and Keewatin Ice in a three-way photo to give the Ramseys their latest October stakes score behind the Grade 1 Alcibiades with Stephanie’s Kitten, the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America with Holiday for Kitten,  and the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup with Headache.

The La Senorita, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies, shared a program with its counterpart for colts, the $75,000 El Joven,  won by Tequila Factor. The races are the marquee Thoroughbred stakes at Retama, the San Antonio-area track that races through Nov. 5.  

Sisterhood, who was supplemented to the La Senorita, raced in fifth in the early stages as Mi Locasta set fractions of 22.95 seconds for the opening quarter and 47.73 for the half-mile. The eventual winner angled out into the stretch, then moved back to the rail and rushed home to overtake Mi Locasta by a head. It was another nose back in third to Keewatin Ice.

Sisterhood ($4.20) covered the mile on firm turf in 1:37.27. Julio Garcia was aboard for trainer Wesley Ward. The La Senorita was the first turf race of the meet at Retama, which had been unable to race on the grass because of drought conditions in Texas.

The El Joven was also at a mile on turf, and Tequila Factor ($5) was prominent throughout to win by 1 1/4 lengths  over Quiet Acceleration. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third to Easton Jack.

Tequila Factor covered the distance in 1:36.43. Gerard Melancon was aboard for Coby Tresner and trainer Ingrid Mason. The win was the second in a stakes for Tequila Factor, who in August won the $50,000 Sunny’s Halo for 2-year-olds at Louisiana Downs. He is a son of Pure Prize.