EYESA SHOOFLY DANDY BATTLES BACK TO WIN PAULS VALLEY STAKES
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Eyesa Shoofly Dandy broke on top in the Grade 3, $51,548 Pauls Valley Stakes and while he did not remain on top the entire race, he did fight back gamely in deep stretch to prevail by a head.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
The initial stakes event of the Remington Park season around the turn at 870-yards, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy covered the ground in 45.169 seconds over a fast track. After sprinting to the lead from post three under jockey Donell Blake, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy had to fight back to win after Admiral Zoomwalt, the wagering favorite at 2-1 odds, went to the front just off the turn along the rail.
“My horse kind of went out a little bit at the top of the lane,” Blake noted. “The 2-horse (Admiral Zoomwalt) went by me and I’m pretty sure he used up a lot of horse when he passed me. My horse, kept on battling on and battling on and I never gave up on him. When I started coming to (Admiral Zoomwalt) I was glad and I could tell that I was wearing him down.”
Eyesa Shoofly Dandy fought back from a slim half-length deficit with under a furlong to go to score with Admiral Zoomwalt a clear second. A late-charging Jess A Hilbily Bone was third, beaten 1-1/2 lengths.
Eyesa Shoofly Dandy was at 7-2 odds in the wagering and paid $9.80 to win, $5.20 to place and $3 to show. Admiral Zoomwalt returned $3.80 to place and $2.80 to show. Jess A Hilbily Bone paid $2.80 to show.
Trained by 2016 American Quarter Horse Association Champion Trainer Judd Kearl, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy is owned by the Tulsa, Okla. partnership of Curtis Smith and Steve Holt. Eyesa Shoofly Dandy is a 6-year-old gelding by Gold Medal Jess, out of the Willie Wicked mare, Miss Sound Viking. He was bred in Oklahoma by Wesley Ann Anglin.
A winner of 10 career races from 24 attempts, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy has now won six races at the turn distance of 870 yards. The Pauls Valley Stakes was the second Remington Park victory for Eyesa Shoofly Dandy who picked up $30,918 to run his total earnings to $131,865.
The Pauls Valley Stakes is named after the Oklahoma town about an hour south of Oklahoma City.
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