DOCS DUSTY CARTEL GIVES JOCKEY ROLANDO RAUDALES HIS FOURTH WIN OF NIGHT IN DIVISION 1 OF FL LADY BUG, DIVISION 2 WON BY IM A FANCEE CHIK
Docs Dusty Cartel hit fourth gear before his rider could even hit the clutch Saturday night, giving jockey Rolando Raudales his fourth win of the night in a powerful move from gate to wire, winning the first of two divisions of the $84,800 FL Lady Bug Stakes at Remington Park.
Im a Fancee Chik, under jockey Mario Delgado, won the second division of the restricted Grade 3 FL Lady Bug, giving her three consecutive wins, including two stakes victories this season.
After a slight hop at the beginning, it was just a matter of how much Docs Dusty Cartel would win by at the end. The 2-year-old colt by Coronado Cartel, out of the Okey Dokey Dale mare Docs Dusty Dale, hit the wire 1-1/2 lengths ahead of the field in a swift :16.793 over the fast track at 330 yards.
“He did break a little bit up (in the air),” said Raudales, who rode for trainer Stacey Capps and owner Dusty Rose Ranch of Oklahoma City. “But he got to kicking very, very fast and he just keeps getting better with every race. I really thought we had the best horse in the race going in. I thought he was going to be a better horse than the 7.”
The No. 7 was Pevs Charley, who had won an Oklahoma Futurity trial but did not qualify for the final and then ran second in the Grade 3 Laico Bird Stakes to Im a Fancee Chik on April 17.
Im a Fancee Chik, a 2-year-old filly by Im a Fancy PYC, out of the Smoke Glacken (tb) mare Dixie Marrone (tb), won the second division of the FL Lady Bug in :16.861, slightly slower than the first heat but she didn’t look any less impressive, winning by three-quarters of a length.
“She made it look easy,” said Delgado, who rode Im a Fancee Chick to victory for trainer Clint Crawford and owners Danny and Dennis Salisbury of Woodward, Okla. “I really had no doubt she was the best to be honest.”
Docs Dusty Dale earned $47,880 for his owner and Im a Fancee Chik made $48,480. Docs Dusty Dale improved to three starts with two wins and a bankroll of $60,960. Im a Fancee Chik now has four starts with three wins and a wallet of $100,330.
It was the second year in a row that Raudales has won the FL Lady Bug, winning aboard Dalts Fancy Pistol in stakes-record time (:16.523) last year for trainer Guillermo Valdivia and owners Larry Thompson and Don Anthony. Delgado won the FL Lady Bug for the first time, but Crawford was making his way back to the winner’s circle for the second time in the stakes. He also won in 2017 with PV Queen Bee Candy for owner Gordon Pevehouse.
“You have a lot of natural born runners and this filly (Im a Fancee Chik) was that way from Day 1,” said Crawford. “She was a little wild in the beginning, but since she got her act together, she’s been unbeatable.”
Crawford was concerned, however, when she was sick around the time of the Remington Park Futurity trials, and was almost scratched. She won her heat despite not being 100 percent, but did not qualify for the finals. When she didn’t post a fast enough time for the finals, he entered her back in the $68,000 Laico Bird Stakes and she was back to her regular self, winning in style. Now she has won back-to-back stakes.
Capps said Docs Dusty Cartel’s win was all him.
“He’s easy to train,” she said. “He makes you look good. Leaves like a rocket. We have trained a long time for (Dusty Rose Ranch) and they are amazing people. We’ve broken a lot of horses for them and he was one of them. In fact, a lot of them out of Docs Dusty Dale.”
Docs Dusty Cartel, at 7-2 odds, defeated the 8-5 post-time favorite and runner-up Pevs Charley, who was another length in front of JF Storm Wagon (6-1). Docs Dusty Cartel paid $9 to win, $4.40 to place and $3.40 to show.
Im a Fancee Chik, at 3-1, beat post-time even-money favorite EM High Country in second, who was a neck ahead of Shy Kisser (9-1). Im a Fancee Chik returned $8.60, $4 and $3 to her backers to win, place and show.
FL Lady Bug was a prominent broodmare and American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Famer inductee. She was campaigned and owned by Hall of Fame owners and breeders Marvin and Lela Barnes of Ada, Okla.
Remington Park racing concludes Sunday, May 23 with a 12-race program underway at 6pm-Central.
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