Patterson Celebrates First Stakes Win With Punchy Girl

A little over a year after her first career victory as an owner, Sara Patterson was celebrating her first career stakes victory when Punchy Girl delivered the knockout in the April 9 $150,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes at Oaklawn Park for 3-year-old Arkansas-bred fillies.

Punchy Girl was born and raised at Cedar Run Farm, a 200-acre foaling and layup facility just west of Hot Springs that is owned by Patterson’s father, Randy. Sara Patterson, 36, is farm manager.

Punchy Girl ($11.60) also represented the first Oaklawn stakes victory for jockey Elvin Gonzalez and trainer Jason Barkley.

“First stakes win for me,” Patterson said. “I think it was the first stakes win here for Jason and the first here, maybe, I think, for Elvin. Homebred—can’t get much better than that.”

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Punchy Girl is by Street Strategy , a son of Street Sense who captured Oaklawn’s Fifth Season Stakes in 2016 for owner Randy Patterson and trainer Randy Morse. Cedar Run owns Street Strategy as well as grade 1 winner Moonshine Mullin and stands both stallions at nearby Lake Hamilton Equine Center.

Sara Patterson foaled and named Punchy Girl, who is out of the winning Dixie Union mare Union Boss. Cedar Run acquired Union Boss in foal to Tourist for $22,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment. Union Boss recently delivered a colt by Mitole .

“Well, out in the pasture, she was always the one that was the boss,” Patterson said. “We called her boss growing up because she was the boss of the pasture. I couldn’t get ‘Boss Lady’ or anything like that, so I got ‘Punchy Girl’ because she was always the one that would beat the rest to the punch.

“We picked out the mare at the sale and brought her home,” said Patterson. “Dad took a chance on her and so far, our Street Strategy, our actual stallion that stands here, is the one that’s produced the best baby.”

Patterson and her father, both natives of Anthony, Kan., began developing Cedar Run approximately eight years ago and concentrate on the lucrative Arkansas breeding program.

She recorded her first career victory as an owner when Longntall, a homebred daughter of Moonshine Mullin, broke her maiden by 12 lengths against state-breds March 21, 2021, at Oaklawn. It was Patterson’s fifth career starter. Longntall also represented her first career starter, Feb. 6, 2021, at Oaklawn.

Longntall was named after Patterson’s close friend, Oaklawn horsemen’s bookkeeper Terri Hoffrogge, who stands at a height of 5’11”. Hoffrogge, coincidentally, made the trophy presentation for the Rainbow Miss. Another close friend and horsemen’s bookkeeper employee, Dusti Pletcher, also was in the infield winner’s circle following the Rainbow Miss.

“Both (of them) are my best friends and (it is) very neat how it all worked out,” Patterson said.

Punchy Girl has started five times—all against state-breds—at the 2021-22 Oaklawn meeting. She finished second and third in her first two efforts sprinting before breaking her maiden Feb. 25.

In the Rainbow Miss, Punchy Girl ran near the back of the pack early and rallied strongly around the turn to gain command down the lane, holding on to score by a determined head over Pattern Bet . She clocked the six furlongs in 1:12.09.

Barkley said he plans to point Punchy Girl to the $150,000 Natural State Breeders’ Stakes May 6. The one-mile race is for state-bred females, 3-years-old and up.

“I think that’s the plan,” Barkley said. “If nothing else, it kind of gives us a gauge as where we’ll be next year. She’ll get the summer off and we’ll bring her back. She’s already proven at the route distance, so I think that’s a little edge we’ll have over some of the others that might be stretching out in there.”

In addition to Longntall and two victories by Punchy Girl, Patterson had another winner at the 2021-22 Oaklawn meeting in Smokin Boots , a homebred Moonshine Mullin gelding who broke his maiden against state-breds Jan. 30 for trainer Joe Petalino. Longntall and Smokin Boots are full siblings.

Video: Rainbow Miss S. (BT)

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