FRED’STWIRLINCANDY, APPROPRIATE FOR HALLOWEEN, WINS FOR THIRD TIME IN ROW AT REMINGTON IN THREE TRIES THIS FALL
It seemed somewhat apropos for Fred’stwirlincandy to win on Halloween Night at Remington Park.
Not only did the 5-year-old gelding’s name symbolize the holiday, but it’s also begun to symbolize winning. It was the third consecutive win for this son of Twirling Candy, out of the Wimbledon mare Daphne Angela. Fred’stwirlincandy remains undefeated to start the fall season at Remington Park.
Leading rider David Cabrera was in the saddle for Saturday night’s win after jockey Lane Luzzi had won aboard the gelding in his first two races this fall. All three victories came on the grass. On Aug. 29, Fred’stwirlincandy won at the $15,000 claiming non-winners of three career race-level by five lengths, going one mile on the grass. He followed that with a victory in first-level allowance-company, stepping up in class, but winning again at a mile by 1-3/4 lengths on Sept. 26. Trainer Austin Gustafson moved to Cabrera on Saturday night and he was a winner in second-level allowance ranks by one length, going a mile again.
Fred’stwirlincandy was sent off at 2-1 odds Saturday and paid $6.60 to win, $3.80 to place and $3 to show. Fine Mate (13-1) closed to get second, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of third place Omen of Change (31-1). The 6-5 wagering favorite, Much Better, who had run in multiple graded races last year, could do no better than sixth place after battling for the lead with Candizar in the early going. Both finished well back.
Running time for the one mile was 1:36.89 over the course, labeled good, with interior fractions of :23.56 for the first quarter-mile, :47.55 for the half-mile, 1:11.92 for three-quarters of a mile and 1:24.14 for seven furlongs.
Fred’stwirlincandy, bred in Kentucky by E. Fred Currie, is owned by Stephen Fidel of Albuquerque, N.M. Fidel’s gelding pocketed $18,045 from the purse of $30,500 and improved his record to 23 starts, five wins, four seconds and five thirds for a total bankroll of $205,654. All five of his career wins have been in 18 starts greensward.
Remington Park racing continues Sunday with a special card that will replace the canceled Wednesday, Oct. 28 card from this week, when the track endured power outages due to complications from a severe ice storm. The first race is set for 7pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $250 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 features the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, simulcast from Keeneland, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 & 7. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.