DEBARTOLO GOES TO ASMUSSEN BARN AGAIN, DADDY NOSE BEST RUNS DOWN DAKOTA GYPSY
For Immediate Release
Saturday, August 24, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – Dakota Gypsy went right to the front of Remington Park’s longest stakes race over turf and nearly held on in the 1-1/8 miles Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap. In the final sixteenth of a mile, Daddy Nose Best wore down the pacesetter, going by to score by a length.
The 4-year-old was determined in the stretch, working to capture Dakota Gypsy who was left alone on the lead and nearly managed to lead every step over the firm going. Despite setting easy fractions of :24.34 for a quarter-mile; :48.76 for the half-mile and 1:13.28 for three-quarters of a mile, Dakota Gypsy could not hold off the charge of Daddy Nose Best ridden by Ramon Vazquez.
“I had a lot of horse. When I asked him, he gave me everything,” noted winning jockey Ramon Vazquez.
Cathy & Bob Zollars of Dallas campaign Daddy Nose Best who thrilled his connections. “I think he ran against very good competition and (Dakota Gypsy) never gave up,” said Bob Zollars. “I thought he ran a helluva race on the lead and holding on like that.”
Daddy Nose Best finished the $75,000 DeBartolo in 1:48.45. The heavy wagering favorite at 4-5 odds paid $3.80 to win, $3 to place and $2.10 to show. Dakota Gypsy returned $9 to place and $4.20 to show. Ol Winedrinker Who rallied to finish a head behind the runner-up, returning $4.20 to show.
Daddy Nose Best gives trainer Steve Asmussen his third consecutive win in the DeBartolo. He also won the race in 2011 with Skip A Smile and in 2012 with Don Dulce. Overall, Asmussen now has four wins in the DeBartolo, saddling Vergennes to victory in 2000.
A colt by Scat Daddy from the Thunder Gulch mare Follow Your Bliss, Daddy Nose Best won for the sixth time in 20 career starts. The DeBartolo was his first Remington Park win in two attempts as he was sixth in last year’s Oklahoma Derby here. The first-place check of $44,898 moves the career money for Daddy Nose Best to $758,989. He was bred in Kentucky by Patricia Ann Elia Trust.
The lone mare in the race was top Oklahoma-bred She’s All In who finished fourth. She needed to run third or better in order to reach the million-dollar mark in career earnings. Instead, she is shy of the plateau by just $3,558.
The DeBartolo is named in honor of Remington Park’s founder who built Oklahoma’s premiere horse racing facility, opening the track on Sept. 1, 1988.
Remington Park resumes live racing with a special holiday week of activity. Nightly racing begins at 7pm, Wednesday thru Saturday, Aug. 28-31. After a Sunday off, the 25th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2. The post time on the holiday is 1:30pm.
Open daily at 10:30am for casino gaming and simulcast racing, Remington Park also features the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, home of the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby, to be run for the 25th time on September 29, 2013.
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