LAUDATION CAPTURES GAYLORD MEMORIAL IN FINAL STRIDES
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Using a long rally from the back of the nine-horse field, Laudation saved her strongest run for the end of the stretch. She was able to catch Rose Of Malibu in the final strides to win the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial by a neck on Friday at Remington Park.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Owned by Jerry Durant of Weatherford, Texas, Laudation is trained by National Racing Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Jockey Ramon Vazquez showed patience early, allowing Laudation to wait behind the early pace. Miss Hopper led the way through quarter-mile splits of :22.13 for the opening quarter and :44.69 for the half-mile.
Laudation was last of the 2-year-old fillies going into the lone turn before firing a long rally along the rail. Vazquez recognized a possible traffic situation as the field entered the stretch so he moved Laudation out to get around rivals.
Once Rose Of Malibu had passed Laudation in the stretch, Vazquez angled her around that rival and made one final bid, catching victory at the end of the 6-1/2 furlongs in 1:17.05 over a fast track. Artsy Hearts finished third, 4-3/4 lengths behind the winner.
Laudation came home at 5-2 odds in the wagering and paid $7.80 to win, $3.80 to place and $3 to show. Rose Of Malibu, the beaten favorite at 7-5 odds, paid $2.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Artsy Hearts paid $14.60 to show.
A Kentucky-bred daughter of Congrats from the Vicar mare Rite Moment, Laudation was bred by Woodford Thoroughbreds. She won her second career race from just five attempts and earned $30,000 to move her total money to $64,440.
Vazquez won his second straight Gaylord Memorial, after winning in 2016 aboard Chanel’s Legacy. It was the first win in the Gaylord for Durant and for Asmussen.
The Gaylord Memorial is named in honor of the late chairman and publisher of The Oklahoman, the state’s largest newspaper. E.L. Gaylord was a staunch supporter of Remington Park in the track’s early history.
Racing continues on Saturday night at Remington Park with the first event at 7pm-Central.
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