Davis takes $125K Pea Patch with Niki Nine Doors

Ellis Park stakes recap; Coady Media photo

HENDERSON, Ky. (Saturday, July 6, 2024) – Rittdiculous Gazmanian Stable’s promising 3-year-old filly, Niki Nine Doors, recorded the first stakes victory of her young career by winning Saturday’s fourth running of the $125,000 Pea Patch Stakes at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming.

Sent off at odds of 8-1, Niki Nine Doors pulled the upset victory in the Pea Patch Stakes with Gerardo Corrales in the irons for trainer Chris Davis. The lightly-raced filly completed 5 ½ furlongs on turf in a swift 1:01.24.

Following a good start for all 12 runners in the Pea Patch Stakes, Niki Nine Doors stayed close to the early pace while sitting fourth, about two lengths behind dueling leaders High Fashion Kate and Moonlit Lady who tore an opening quarter-mile in :21.21. After a demanding half-mile in :43.53, Niki Nine Doors took the lead from the tiring pacesetters at the head of the lane and pulled away in the final eighth mile for a two-length victory.

Niki Nine Doors rewarded her backers while paying $19.60, $8.74, and $4.96. Quimichis, under jockey Martin Chuan, closed ground late to finish second and returned $5.90 and $4.10. Ms. Tart, with jockey Axel Concepcion aboard, completed the trifecta and paid $5.92.

Moonlit Lady, who was part of the early pace, finished fourth, followed by Ready for TroubleVisually, Twirl Around, High Fashion Kate, Tx Women for ArtsThese ApplesField Lass and Carolina Candy.

The Pea Patch Stakes victory was Niki Nine Doors’ second-career win from six starts. The victory was worth $72,660, boosting her lifetime earnings to $136,890.

Niki Nine Doors is a daughter of Cairo Prince out of the Include mare Hey Niki. She was bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones.

Jennie Rees is a communications and advocacy specialist in the horse industry who spent 32 years covering horse racing for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal before taking a corporate buyout. In addition to handling communications for the Kentucky HBPA, Rees is Kentucky Downs’ publicity director, manages in-season racing publicity for Ellis Park and serves as a consultant to the National HBPA. Other projects include the Preakness Stakes, Indiana Grand’s Indiana Derby Week and work for various HBPA affiliates and horsemen’s associations.