FIRST PRIZE DIAMONDS DAZZLES IN DECKETTA STAKES

For Immediate Release
Saturday, April 01, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – First Prize Diamonds broke well in the Grade 3, $51,602 Decketta Stakes for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upward, then gained the lead by the midway point of the 350-yard race to win by a half-length.

First Prize Diamonds came on with a rally, defeating a game Sudden Separation with Miss Feet First Down another head behind in third. First Prize Diamonds handled the distance in 17.351 seconds over a track rated fast despite a light rain that fell throughout the night.

Ridden by James Flores and trained by Gerry McLean, First Down Diamonds is owned by Gary Hartstack of Washington, Texas, and was bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Okla. First Prize Diamonds has now won seven of 12 lifetime races and her earnings of $30,810 in the Decketta Stakes drives her lifetime money to $98,854.

First Prize Diamonds, a 4-year-old filly by Carters Cartel, out of the Fly Jess Fly mare, First Prize Diamond, paid $4.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $3.20 to show. Sudden Separation returned $5.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Miss Feet Down First paid $5.40 to show.

The favorite in the wagering at 7-5 odds, First Prize Diamonds was unraced since her November 12, 2016 win in the Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Mystery Derby at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. She has now won three consecutive races dating back to October last year.

The Decketta Stakes is named after the 1968 All American Futurity winner who was born in Blanchard, Okla. and campaigned by her breeder, owner and trainer W.W. Wilson. Decketta was a successful broodmare for over 20 years after her racing career was completed. 

Remington Park racing continues Sunday, April 2 at 1:30pm. 

Tracked by over 119,000 fans on Facebook and 8,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park is the home of the $950,000 Remington Park Futurity, for Oklahoma-breds, on Saturday, April 22. Remington Park has provided over $166 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Open daily at 10:30am with free parking and admission, Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.

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