Toughie Too Much in Grande Prairie Fillies and Mares Stakes
Toughie won the Fillies and Mares Stakes (not black type) at Grande Prairie Sunday afternoon.

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Toughie Too Much in Grande Prairie Fillies and Mares Stakes

GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB—JULY 16, 2017—Toughie lived up to her name on Sunday as the winner of the $6,800 Fillies and Mares Stakes (not black type) in Grande Prairie. The 4-year-old filly and jockey Freddy Fuentes were easy winners, defeating the field by 1 ¼ lengths.

Final time for the race was 19.717; Toughie ($2.80) and Fuentes earned a 96 speed index for current leading trainer William Leech and owner Charles Stojan.

Toughie was bred in California by Edward Allred, by Stel Corona, out of the Hawkish mare Hard Lining. The filly has now won 10 of her 14 lifetime starts and has career earnings exceeding $143,000.

As a 2-year-old, Toughie qualified for the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). Since then, she has six stakes wins and ran third in the AQHA Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) after winning the Evergreen Park regional qualifier.

Daylight separated runner-up Bugs Lil Magic from the rest of the field as jockey Jose Rocha put 1 ¾ lengths between the 6-year-old mare and the third-place finishers. Bugs Lil Magic is an Alberta-bred daughter of Jess Magic, out of Paulina Bug by Shazoom. She was bred by Ralph Danard, who also co-owns with Shaun Jeffrey; Laurie Ferguson trains.

The stakes race finished with a dead heat for third between Quad Seis and Cr Azoominshezquick. Quad Seis is a 4-year-old filly owned by Ralph Danard and Carrie Suitor, trained by Laurie Ferguson and ridden by J. B. Botello. She was bred in Oklahoma by C Edward Taylor, by Tres Seis, out of Corona On a Jet by Corona for Me.

The other half of the dead heat was Cr Azoominshezquick and jockey Scott Sterr. The 3-year-old filly is trained by William Leech for owner Rigetti Farms, Ltd and Cadence Racing. The daughter of Azoom was bred in Alberta by Roger Gauthier out of the Royal Quick Dash mare A Quick Glance.

Completing the field were Splashy Mamacita and Cr Eyesa Dyna.