GIANNA’S DREAM CONTINUES HER MASTERY OVER TURF AT REMINGTON PARK, WINNING RICKS MEMORIAL
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Gianna's Dream lived up to her name in the $75,000 Ricks Memorial Stakes, winning by daylight as the 1-2 odds-on favorite for owner Jordan Wycoff of Fort Washington, Pa.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
The 4-year-old filly by Twirling Candy from the Rahy mare Untamed Beauty, Gianna’s Dream put jockey Robby Albarado and trainer Michael Maker in the winner's circle against a full-field of 12 in the 1-1/16th miles race on the Remington Park turf. She stopped the clock in 1:41.52 over the firm going after easily moving to the lead off the final turn and putting her rivals at bay. Strive ran second, 1-1/4 lengths behind Gianna’s Dream while Joyous Thunder was third.
Gianna’s Dream has always been one of the most competitive horses once she sets foot on the track, winning 8-of-16 starts and running in the money in 13 of those tries. She pocketed $49,143 for the win and pushed her total bankroll past the $323,791. Gianna’s Dream is also now five of seven in races over the lawn and she is perfect in three attempts on the grass at Remington Park.
Gianna's Dream paid $3 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Strive returned $4.20 to place and $3.40 to show. Joyous Thunder paid $8.20 to show.
Gianna’s Dream was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm & Randy Blair. In 2016, she won the Bob Barry Memorial on the Oklahoma Derby Day undercard. She then went on to score in the Oklahoma Classics Filly & Mare Turf for state-breds. It remains to be seen she will follow that schedule again this year.
The Ricks Memorial is named in honor of the late Ran Ricks, Jr. who was the first owner with horses on the grounds at Remington Park. He was a multiple leading owner during the first eight years in track history before passing in late 1996.
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