FLASH OF MISCHIEF GIVES LEADING TRAINER KARL BROBERG SECOND STAKES WIN ON OKLAHOMA DERBY DAY IN DAVID M. VANCE STAKES
For the second year in a row trainer Karl Broberg had the winning sprinter in the $150,000 David Vance Stakes on Oklahoma Derby Day at Remington Park.
On Sunday, Flash of Mischief made it a huge day for Broberg by giving him his second stakes win from the eight stakes that were carded. Broberg won the Vance last year with Greeley and Ben. It’s been a race owned by local trainers for the last five years as he and Teri Luneack won two apiece from 2018-2022. Luneack won the race with the only horse to win Remington Park Horse of the Meet more than once – Welder. He won that award three years in a row. The only year those two didn’t win the Vance was 2020 when Chief Cicatriz won it for trainer Shawn Davis.
Remington Park’s leading rider Cristian Torres was in the saddle for Broberg with Flash of Mischief, who shortened up from 1-1/8th miles in his previous race, the $175,000 Governor’s Cup on Opening Night to six furlongs Sunday. This 4-year-old colt by Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday), out of the Political Force mare Flashy Campaign, had raced well in the Governor’s Cup, finishing second to Rated R Superstar, a multiple stakes winner, but Broberg said he had a feeling about shortening up.
Flash of Mischief is owned by Jerry Namy of Ft. Worth, Texas. Namy won twice on the Sunday card and Broberg had three wins altogether, padding his lead over Steve Asmussen in the trainers’ standings.
“The owner wanted to make him a 1-1/8th miles horse and I wanted him to be a closing sprinter,” said Broberg. “I might get my way for a couple of races now.”
Torres agreed with his trainer.
“Honestly, I thought he would do well at six furlongs, but he can run any distance,” Torres said. “He always tries 100 percent for me.”
The same thing happened Sunday.
“Every time I ask him, he is right there for me,” Torres continued. “I got him to relax and at the three-eighths, we got clear. When we turned for home, I knew we had them.”
Flash of Mischief came from seventh in the field of 10 in the Vance and turned it on at the top of the stretch before drawing away easily to win by 6-1/4 lengths at 9-2 odds. Empire of Gold, also at 9-2, was the runner-up, 2-1/4 lengths more ahead of third-place finisher El Pando (9-1). The betting favorite, Mexican Wonder Boy (5-2) finished sixth after battling for the lead early. The remaining order of finish was Give It Everything (4th), Sir Alfred James (5th), California Street (7th), Macron (8th), It Makes Sense (9th) and Kadri (10th).
The winning time for Flash of Mischief was 1:08.78, just .65 short of Welder’s track and stakes record at six furlongs of 1:08.13, set in 2019. He cut into fractions of :22 for the first quarter-mile, ;44.88 for the half-mile and :56.81 for five-eighths of a mile on a fast surface.
Flash of Mischief paid $11 to win, $5 to place and $3.80 to show. Flash of Mischief earned $90,000 for the trip to the winner’s circle and improved his running line to 21 starts, eight wins, five seconds and two thirds and $661,788. He was bred in Kentucky by the owner.
The Vance is named in honor of Remington Park’s founding president and general manager. David Vance was on hand to distribute the trophies to the winning connections for Flash of Mischief.
Live racing at Remington Park continues Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. First post time is 7:07 p.m. nightly.
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