HEAVILY FAVORED BREEZE RIDER MAKES IT LOOK EASY WITH WIRE TO WIRE WIN IN REMINGTON PARK FEATURE
Breeze Rider looked like she was out for an easy breeze in the morning instead of in a competitive race Friday night at Remington Park. She cruised on the front-end in the featured allowance race over the turf in the evening finale.
The 3-year-old filly by Paynter, out of the Tomahawk mare Dancing Raven, burst from the gate on top in the 1-1/16th miles race greensward and never looked back. Jockey Stewart Elliott put her out in front easily in the 11-horse field and despite quick early fractions, his Kentucky-bred filly had plenty left in the tank, drawing away to win by 2-1/2 lengths at 4-5 odds. Running second was North of Eden (7-1), who was another three-quarters of a length in front of third-place 29-1 longshot Bonnet.
The fractions were :23.43 for the first quarter-mile, :46.75 for the half-mile, 1:10.62 after three quarters of a mile and 1:35.55 for the mile. The final running time for the winner was 1:42.24 over a firm course.
Breeze Rider improved her lifetime record for owner Clark Brewster of Tulsa, Okla., to four wins and two seconds in 11 starts and now has earned $88,262 in her young career. The filly won $17,694 from the $30,000 purse. Her record on the grass is now five starts, two wins and one second for $49,898. This was her first victory over the Remington Park turf course. She had won on the main track twice here last year, winning by 8-1/4 lengths on Dec. 14, sprinting 6-1/2 furlongs and by 10 lengths on Nov. 2 against a field of maiden claimers ($20,000 tag) going one mile.
Breeze Rider had won her first try on the turf at Sam Houston Race Park on March 13 at one mile in optional claiming $50,000 company for non-winners of two career races. Her subsequent three grass attempts finished with a second, fourth and fifth, but she wasn’t beaten by much in any of those races in Houston, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas or at Remington Park.
Breeze Rider, bred in Kentucky by Patrick and Brittney Durtschi, raced against fillies and mares Friday that had never won a race other than maiden, claiming, starter or state-bred allowance, or had not won two races lifetime.
The feature score was leading trainer Steve Asmussen’s only win on the Friday night card, but he remains more than 20 victories ahead of second-place Bret Calhoun in the trainers’ race this meet. Asmussen has won the title a record 15 times at Remington Park.
Breeze Rider paid $3.80 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.60 to show.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday night, Oct. 24, with nine races underway at 7:07pm-Central.
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