INAGOODWAY STEALS OKLAHOMA CLASSICS DISTAFF
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Heavy favorite Steel Cut was attempting to win her second consecutive $145,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff, sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, on Friday at Remington Park. She couldn’t keep up with Inagoodway who went to the lead and was never seriously threatened.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Owned by the Enid, Okla. partnership of Steve Dupy, Kent Blair and Mike Castor, Inagoodway is trained by Roger Engel. Ridden by Bryan McNeil, Inagoodway was sent to the lead in the 1 mile-70yard Distaff, gaining the rail before the field made the clubhouse turn. Once up front, Inagoodway set acceptable fractions of :23.7 for the opening quarter-mile; :47.59 for the half-mile and 1:11.81 for three-quarters of a mile. The 4-year-old filly had plenty left for the stretch run when Steel Cut angled out to make her bid. Inagoodway crossed the finish line, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Steel Cut. D Cal Okie was third, 3-1/4 lengths from the winner.
“She was on it today,” McNeil said of Inagoodway. “She broke good, got over and saved ground. She relaxed down the backside and down the main she just kept pinning her ears and kept digging in. I figured she would be the one to be catching and when she came up to me, (Inagoodway) she dug back in and kept going.”
Away at 7-1 odds in the betting, Inagoodway paid $17 to win, $5.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Steel Cut returned $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show as the beaten 1-2 wagering favorite. D Cal Okie paid $3.80 to show.
The Classics Distaff score was the sixth from 14 career starts for Inagoodway. Bred in Oklahoma by Castor, she is a 4-year-old filly by Save Big Money from the Devil His Due mare Truth Takes Time. The winner’s share of $87,000 moves the career earnings for Inagoodway to $207,420.
This was the fifth Classics Distaff won by Roger Engel and his 11th overall in the series, tying him with C.R. Trout for second in the all-time standings, behind series leader Donnie Von Hemel who has 26 victories.
McNeil won his second Classics Distaff and his fourth Oklahoma Classics race overall.
Remington Park Thoroughbred racing continues Saturday, Oct. 21 with the first event at 7pm.
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