DICEY WINS HER SECOND IN ROW, TAKING DOWN OKLAHOMA CLASSICS DISTAFF SPRINT AT REMINGTON PARK
Dicey may be 7 years old, but she seems to love racing more now than ever, winning her second start in a row this meet at Remington Park, this time taking the $99,600 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint on Friday night.
“Everyone always asks why she is still running (at 7), and this is why,” said trainer Pat Swan. “This is her Breeders’ Cup.”
Dicey won her first start of the meet at six furlongs on Sept. 15 and won by 1-1/4 lengths in allowance company with jockey Harry Hernandez in the saddle. He was given a leg up by Swan again Friday and she won easily by 1-3/4 lengths, again at six furlongs.
“The first time I rode her, Pat told me to warm her up good and she broke perfectly for me,” said Hernandez. “Tonight, I pushed her because I saw a lot of speed in the race, but the speed didn’t go to the front, so we took it.”
Dicey had the lead, never to give it up, after a half-mile in the race. The older mare by Flat Out, from the Broken Vow mare Broken Blues, covered the distance in a winning time of 1:11.73 on the fast track. The early fractions were :22.16 for the first quarter-mile, :45.64 for the half-mile and :58.26 for five-eighths of a mile. In deep stretch, her nearest competitor, Nice Neighbor (5-1) stuck to her like bubblegum on the bottom of a shoe, but Dicey put her away at the end like a snake shedding its skin.
Dicey earned $59,760 for owners Swan and Judith Lewis of Jones, Okla. The mare improved her career record to 49 starts, nine wins, three seconds and nine thirds for a bankroll of $389,002. She was bred in Oklahoma by John James Revocable Trust.
“She’s always been sound,” said Swan. “She did have a little problem with her breathing a couple of years ago, but once we fixed that she’s been great.”
Dicey paid $4.20 to win as the even-money favorite, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. It was the first victory in the Classics for all the connections to the mare.
Nice Neighbor stayed on for second, two lengths in front of Gypsy Rose (22-1). The complete order of finish had Glory O (9-1) fourth, Because (27-1) fifth, Sinnin N Grinnin (7-2) sixth and Ragan’s Jet (3-1), a past champion in this race seventh.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Oct. 21 with a first post time of 7:07pm-Central.
Remington Park has provided more than $331 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 home to the Springboard Mile, a Kentucky Derby points-qualifying race, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. Remington Park presents simulcast racing daily and non-stop casino gaming. Parking and admission are always free. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing or enter the casino gaming floor. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.