CALIENTE CANDY GIVES TRAINER DANNY PISH BACK-TO-BACK STAKES WINS SUNDAY AT REMINGTON PARK
Trainer Danny Pish barely had his Kip Deville Stakes winner Huntsinger unsaddled in the winner’s circle before he was back there with Caliente Candy the very next race, taking the $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes on Sunday at Remington Park.
Pish gave a leg up to Luis Quinonez and the veteran rider won for the third time on the Oklahoma Derby Day card. Caliente Candy finished third in the Flashy Lady Stakes last year, but this year she would prove the best at 7-2 odds in the 2020 edition. The 4-year-old daughter of Sidney’s Candy, out of the Salt Lake mare Nicks, was coming off a March to September layoff when she lost to Final Form in her most recent attempt on Sept. 12 here, running third, 2-1/2 lengths behind her at 5-1/2 furlongs. Final Form was the second betting favorite at 5-2 odds in the Flashy Lady but Caliente Candy turned the tables on her at six furlongs after having a race under her belt to improve. Final Form could do no better than fading to next-to-last in the field of nine older fillies and mares.
Caliente Candy, owned by Laurence Jones and Evans Thoroughbred Racing of Hot Springs, Ark., covered the six furlongs in 1:10.16 over a fast main surface. Final Form set a stiff early pace of :22.12 seconds for a quarter-mile. Brave Daisey then picked up the front with a :45.80 for the half-mile, and :57.86 for five furlongs, all setting up the stretch rally for Caliente Candy. Mt. Brave, the wagering favorite at 8-5 odds, ran fourth. The winner was bred in Kentucky by Rodrigo Cunha.
Caliente Candy was at 7-2 odds in the final wagering, paying $9.20 to win, $4 to place and $3.20 to show.
Irish Mischief (9-2) was the runner-up to Caliente Candy, beaten four lengths by the winner. Another 3-1/2 lengths further back was third-place finisher Brave Daisey (26-1). The remaining order of finish was Mt. Brave (winner of the Flashy Lady in 2019), Karate Hottie, Cosmic Code, Wishful Quality, Final Form and Sweet Mary M.
It was the first win in the Flashy Lady Stakes for all the connections. Caliente Candy earned $30,000 for her owners and improved to 24 starts, nine wins, four seconds and four thirds. Her wallet ballooned to $293,096.
Remington Park racing continues into a new month with a Thursday-Saturday schedule on Oct 1-3. The first race nightly is at 7:07pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $248 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park is open daily for casino gaming and simulcast horse racing. The 2020 Thoroughbred Season is scheduled to run through Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.