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Vytaliti Upsets the $106,500 Q-Racing Distaff Challenge Championship at Lone Star
Vytaliti, piloted by Francisco Calderon, wins the $106,500 Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

Dustin Orona Photography/Lone Star Park
Vytaliti Upsets the $106,500 Q-Racing Distaff Challenge Championship at Lone Star

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX – OCTOBER 21, 2023 – Sent to post at odds of 7-1 in a field of nine fillies and mares, Victor Diaz's Vytaliti won Saturday's 400-yard, $106,500 Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Vytaliti defeated 22-1 longshot Paint Your Lips P by a neck in :19.841 and earned a 91 speed index. Francisco Calderon rode the 4-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry for trainer James Gonzales III.

Vytaliti was coming off of a three-quarter length victory in the September 29, $38,000 Q-Racing Video Lone Star Distaff Challenge. The mare was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox, and she was purchased by Diaz for $47,000 at the 2020 Texas QHA Yearling Sale in San Antonio.

Vytaliti is out of Zenergy, a winning homebred daughter of First Down Dash and a finalist in the 2011 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park. The mare's second dam, the Runaway Winner mare No Fees, won the '03 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1) at Sam Houston Race Park.

The winning connections of Vytaliti accept the Q-Racing Video Distaff Challenge Championship trophy at Lone Star Park. © Dustin Orona Photography
Campaigned in two states, including New Mexico, Vytaliti has won seven of 16 races -- including three of five at the 400-yard trip -- and the $50,055 winner's share of the purse from her second career stakes win and first lifetime graded stakes score pushed her bankroll to $184,725. Her sophomore season record included a third-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Miss Beth Dutton, in the 440-yard, $349,000 Rainbow Oaks (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Priscilla Arredondo’s Paint Your Lips P is now graded stakes placed for the first time in her career as the second-place finisher. Jimmy Brooks had the riding call on the 4-year-old Jess Good Candy filly for trainer Eddie Willis.

Paint Your Lips P was bred by Michael Pohl in Oklahoma, out of the multiple graded stakes winning mare Jess Paint Your Lips, by Jess Louisiana Blue. Paint Your Lips P is three for 21 lifetime with $196,344 in earnings. She competed in the Prairie Meadows Bank of America Championship Challenge (G2) and was third in the Will Rogers Q-Racing Distaff Challenge at the beginning of October.

Pops First Lady and Bryan Candanosa were a half-length behind in third place. Robi Meche trains the 5-year-old Apollitical Jess mare for Ruse Ranch, LLC. The mare has $339,054 earned and has competed in graded stakes in each year of her racing career, starting with the Dash For Cash Futurity in 2020. She was the 2022 winner of the Junos Request (G1) and Easy Date (G3) at Remington, two of her seven career wins.

Gary Kurz and Double M Racing bred Pops First Lady in Texas out of the Shazoom mare Shazooms Pop Pop.

Completing the field were Kiss The Cartel, 17-10 favorite Pattys Saint, Shesa Relentless Gal, Here Comes Candy, Sawyer Strange, and Sally Soul Smasher. Lynnder 16 was scratched.

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