DOUDOUDOUWANADANCE REMAINS UNDEFEATED AFTER TWO RACES, TAKING OKLAHOMA CLASSICS LASSIE
Doudoudouwanadance remained undefeated after two starts, taking her first stakes win Friday night in the $88,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie at Remington Park, putting daylight between herself and the rest of the field easily.
This 2-year-old Oklahoma homebred filly for owner-breeder Terry Westemeir of Broken Arrow, Okla., won her maiden race on Sept. 30 and had a four-length lead by the time she reached the top of the stretch in that one before winning by eight lengths. On Friday night, it didn’t appear it was going to be as easy. She came to the top of the lane sandwiched by two other fillies, but jockey Leandro Goncalves wasn’t concerned.
“At the five-eighths (mark) we were between horses and I just let her be there,” Goncalves said, winning for the second time in his Oklahoma Classics history. “But she was relaxing in there and then those two stopped. When I asked her to run, she took off.”
When it got down to business, Doudoudouwanadance was the same impressive filly, pulling away from the rest of the field to win by seven lengths in the six-furlong test. She is a half-sister to Number One Dude, also owned by Westemeir, who ran second in the Oklahoma Classics Cup on Friday.
Westemeir is a huge Beach Boys fan and his wife Leslie is a dancer, hence their filly’s name.
“I have two more named Surfer Girl and Give Me Excitation,” Westemeir said. “Leslie is more into Jimmy Buffett. With the horses, we are really blessed. It’s like Leandro said, when he got her pointed straight, she was gone.”
It was trainer Kari Craddock’s ninth win in the Oklahoma Classics, in fifth place all-time with conditioners, only one behind Steve Hobby in fourth and two back of Roger Engel in third. Donnie Von Hemel leads all trainers with 30 Classics victories and C.R. Trout is second with 15.
Doudoudouwanadance covered the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:11.37 and hit every pole first but the first quarter-mile. Early pacesetter Smart Okie hit the first quarter in :22.73 and then the winner went the first half-mile in :46.12 and five-eighths in :58.61.
Doudoudouwanadance was sent off the heavy betting favorite at 3-5 odds and paid $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show.
Cueca (9-1) ran second and the longest shot on the board checked in third, Tom’s Girl at 20-1 odds. That 50-cent trifecta paid $62.50.
Doudoudouwanadance earned $52,800 for the trip to the winner’s circle and has now banked $76,006 for Westemeir.
Live racing at Remington Park continues Saturday night with a first post of 7:07pm-Central.
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