VF RED SURPRISE LIVES UP TO NAME IN UPSET OF SOONER STATE STAKES AT REMINGTON PARK
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Older Oklahoma-breds were featured in Saturday night’s $100,000 Sooner State Stakes where VF Red Surprise pulled the upset as the longest priced runner on the board at odds of 21-1.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Rivals Sam Crow and AJs High were both at 3-2 odds, with Sam Crow the slight wagering favorite. The pair regularly face each other in Remington Park stakes action and were expected to battle to the 400-yard finish together. However, AJs High had a slight stumble leaving the starting gate while Sam Crow received some contact from a rival to his outside. The issues of the favorites meant nothing to VF Red Surprise and her jockey James Flores, as they rolled from the outside post position.
“We had a great start and I just stayed out of her way the whole trip, for the most part,” Flores noted. “She was running great and I didn’t see a reason to get after her. I could see the horses on the inside coming to me at the end of the racetrack. I rolled my stick over and asked her for a little more and we held on for the win.”
VF Red Surprise crossed the finish in 19.776 seconds over a fast track, a head in front of Sam Crow who rallied to gain second. AJs High was a half-length behind the victor in third.
Owned by Cuadra Ladrilleros of Yukon, Okla. and trained by Stuart Steele, VF Red Surprise paid $44.40 to win, $14.20 to place and $4.60 to show. Sam Crow returned $3.60 to place and $2.20 to show. AJs High paid $2.40 to show.
A 4-year-old mare by First Prize Stanley from the Rolls Of Romance mare Red Temptress, VF Red Surprise won her fourth career race from 14 career starts with the Sooner State Stakes becoming her first stakes triumph. Bred in Oklahoma by Safari Racing, VF Red Surprise earned $59,400 in the Sooner State Stakes to increase her overall money to $120,964.
VF Red Surprise gave jockey James Flores his second career win in the Sooner State Stakes. He also won in 2015 aboard Gold Digging Ashley. This was the first Sooner State Stakes score for the rest of the connections of VF Red Surprise.
Remington Park racing will continue on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 1:30pm.
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