FIDDLERS TSUNAMI SPRINTS HOME TO FEATURE WIN ON TURF AT REMINGTON PARK
For the second time in five tries at Remington Park, Fiddlers Tsunami came up a winner in the feature race on the turf, sprinting five furlongs over the firm course on Wednesday night.
This 7-year-old mare had not raced on the grass since Oct. 4 of last year, as she spends the spring and summer at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., and at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Okla., where there are no turf courses.
In that last race greensward at Remington Park, she was a winner that night with open $25,000 claimers, older fillies and mares, at the same sprint measure. She seems to be a specialist at this distance on the turf. Now she just needs to find one of those courses when Remington Park closes. To be fair, she has won on the dirt twice in the past two years as well.
With jockey Floyd Wethey Jr. looking for his career 999th win, he put her right where she wanted to be, fourth in the field of seven, just monitoring the speed demons out front. There are always front-runners who seem to give out in the stretch while sprinting over the turf and that was the case again tonight. Fairwayngreen and Tashiara hooked up in the early going on the lead, setting fractions of :21.68 for the first quarter-mile and :45.51 for the half-mile. Tashiara held on for second, finishing 2-3/4 lengths behind the winner. Wethey needs one more victory to hit the magical 1,000-wins mark.
Wethey was aboard the betting favorite at 8-5 odds for owner Blue Moon Stables of Heavener, Okla., and trainer Jody Pruitt. The mare earned $13,852 for the victory from the purse of $21,523. She ran her record to 41 starts, nine wins, five seconds and eight thirds for a lifetime bankroll of $292,461.
Fiddlers Tsunami paid $5.40 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Lynah Rink was third, another 1-1/2 lengths back. These were older fillies and mares running for a claiming price of $20,000.
Remington Park racing continues this week, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 17-19, with each nine-race slate underway 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 through Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.