Bullisa Wins Kool Kue Baby Handicap

(Friday, November 21, 2003) - Five-year-old mare Bullisa broke fast from the starting gate and held on to defeat a fast-closing Go You Must and Carlotta Dream to win Friday’s $20,000 Kool Kue Baby Handicap in front of 3,966 fans at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Owned by Jack Kaiser of Oologah, Okla., and trained by Darin Bidleman, Bullisa ran 400 yards in :19.89 under jockey Randy Wilson, who subbed for regular rider Roy Brooks. She paid $20.60 to win as the 9-1 co-fifth wagering choice in the field of nine fillies and mares.

“That’s what won the race for her – leaving there like she did and opening up daylight on them where they couldn’t quite get to her in time,” Wilson said. Bullisa held on to win by a neck.

The Kool Kue Baby was the Oklahoma-bred’s second stakes win of the year. In September, the daughter of Bully Bullion drove home to win the $20,000 Miss Blackhawk Stakes at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. Overall, it was Bullisa’s 11th victory in 29 starts.

“You just have to let her have her way,” Bidleman said. “Randy did a whale of a job keeping her going down at the end.”

The $11,400 winner’s share of the purse improved Bullisa’s earnings to $152,346.

Go You Must, the 5-2 second choice after winning the Grade 3 Rheudasil Handicap at Lone Star Park five weeks ago, finished a neck in front of late charging third-place finisher Carlotta Dream, the Kool Kue Baby defending champ and 9-5 race favorite.

Joyalty, Fast Del Rey, The Cheetah, Mary Cartel, Copafly and Countin On Jody completed the order of finish. Ari Go Anne was a late scratch.

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