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Splendid Cause Pulls Away to Win $15,000 Belles Stakes at Fair Meadows
Splendid Cause, under jockey Juan Pulido, winning the $15,000 Belles Stakes at Fair Meadows on Saturday night.

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Splendid Cause Pulls Away to Win $15,000 Belles Stakes at Fair Meadows

TULSA, OKóJUNE 27, 2020óSplendid Cause and jockey Juan Pulido broke sharply from the gate and never looked back to win the $15,000 Belles Stakes at Fair Meadows on Saturday night.

The duo covered the 350-yard race in 17.871 and earned an 87 speed index. The feature race of the card was restricted to fillies and mares aged 3-year-old and up.

Splendid Cause ($3.60) is a 5-year-old mare trained by Dee Keener for owner Kelly Yother Equine, LLC. She was bred in Oklahoma by J.G. Kelly, J.L. Yother and N. Yearsley, by Apollitical Jess and out of Answer the Dream, by Tres Seis.

She is a multiple stakes winner and has run in several graded stakes at Remington and Los Alamitos. Prior to the Belles Stakes, her three previous starts in 2020 were all in graded stakes at Remington, including a second-place finish in the Easy Date Stakes (RG2).

Marmalade Candy and jockey Gonzalo Valles, Jr. overcame a bumped start to get up for second place. Trained by Oscar Nunez, Marmalade Candy is an Oklahoma-bred 4-year-old daughter of Cartels Candy Man. She is owned by Manuel Olguin-Romero and was bred Jimmy Guest out of Marmalade Lady, by Dashin Bye.

The Belles Stakes was her first career stakes effort; she has finished in the money in 11 of her 20 lifetime starts, including four wins.

Relentless Jessie, with Daniel Torres aboard, led the charge for third place. Relentless Jessie is a 3-year-old daughter of Hes Relentless, owned and trained by Manuel Francisco Mata. She was bred in Oklahoma by Bob Moore Farms, LLC, out of Jess a Queen, by Gold Medal Jess.

Relentless Jessie was third in the Jack Brooks Stakes at Remington in her previous starts and qualified to the Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Derby (RG3) in April. As a 2-year-old, she competed in the Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Futurity, the Speedhorse Futurity at Fair Meadows and the Iowa Double Gold Futurity at Prairie Meadows.

Completing the field were Miss Fly On Tac, Fly N Tell, Jessie Marie and Im Jess Fast.