DOUDOUDOUWANADANCE STAYS UNDEFEATED THROUGH THREE REMINGTON PARK STARTS WITH SECOND STAKES WIN IN SLIDE SHOW
Doudoudouwanadance continued her dominance at Remington Park with her third win in a row to start her career and her second stakes victory, this one in the $75,000 Slide Show Stakes on Friday night.
It wasn’t quite as easy this time, but it still was impressive. Previously, the 2-year-old Oklahoma-bred filly had broken her maiden by eight lengths in Oklahoma City on Sept. 30 and followed that with a seven-length win in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie on Oct. 21. The daughter of Magna Graduate (Honor Grades), out of the Macho Uno mare Ebony Uno, only won by 3-1/4 lengths Friday night, but it was her first trip around two turns. Plus, she didn’t break all that great from the gate.
“No, the first jump wasn’t great,” said jockey Leandro Goncalves. “But it turned out good. By the second or third jump, I got her to the outside and she relaxed. Down the stretch, she took off again.”
Doudoudouwanadance is owned and was bred by Terry Westemeir of Broken Arrow, Okla. and he had much faith in Goncalves. Westemeir owns the dam.
“It looked like she was kind of waiting on Leandro (for instructions),” said Westemeir. “I knew she had something left. This mare sure has produced some winners for us.”
Westemeir said Scott and Lanae Pierce owned Ebony Uno and were moving to Kentucky three years ago. They couldn’t keep her, so Westemeir stepped in and bought the mare who was in foal at the time. Not only did the dam produce this undefeated filly but she also foaled Number One Dude, who was in her belly at the time of purchase. That 4-year-old gelding became a stalwart in Westemeir’s stable. Number One Dude who has won 8-of-15 starts for $376,493. In three starts, his half-sister, Doudoudouwanadance, has earned $121,006, picking up $45,000 in the Slide Show Stakes. That’s not a bad compilation for two half-siblings from a dam that never stepped foot on a racetrack.
“I heard she didn’t vet at the Keeneland Sale and was withdrawn,” said Westemeir. “I understand she was turned out and kind of was forgotten until the Pierces rescued her and brought her to Oklahoma. They are great and are very happy in Kentucky and happy that Ebony Uno is having success here.”
Nice Neighbor, the winner’s toughest competitor yet, looked like she might run away with the mile race in the early going, jumping out to a half-length lead after three-quarters of a mile. But per usual, Doudoudouwanadance kicked in coming down the stretch and won without much pressure.
Trained by Kari Craddock, Doudoudouwanadance covered the mile in 1:39.66, over a track labeled good, in her first try around two turns. The time was a stakes best for the Slide Show, run at one mile for 2-year-old Oklahoma-bred fillies since 2015. This was the first win in the Slide Show Stakes for all of the connections of Doudoudouwanadance.
The heavy wagering favorite at 2-5 odds, Doudoudouwanadance paid $2.80 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Nice Neighbor (3-1) finished another 4-1/4 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Cueca (8-1).
The Slide Show is named in honor of the Oklahoma-bred filly who was near perfect in her career at Remington Park, winning 11 consecutive starts from 1993 to 1995, eight of them stakes events. Her only local defeat came in her final start, when she was third in an allowance event.
Live racing at Remington Park continues Saturday with the first race at 7:07pm-Central.
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