IM A FANCEE CHIK PULLS OFF UPSET IN JACK BROOKS STAKES
Trainer Clint Crawford’s barn stayed as hot as Oklahoma asphalt in the summer as Im a Fancee Chik was the upset winner in the restricted Grade 3 $55,000 Jack Brooks Stakes on Saturday.
After Crawford won with three horses on Friday night, he won with this 8-1 longshot in the 350-yard Jack Brooks. The race was contested by 3-year-old Oklahoma-breds. Im a Fancee Chik, a daughter of Im a Fancy PYC, out of the Smoke Glacken (TB) mare Dixie Marrone (TB), is owned by Danny and Dennis Salisbury of Woodward, Okla.. Danny bred the filly in Oklahoma.
Jockey Mario Delgado booted the winner home after a near win in the Heritage Place Derby trials last time out on May 8. She was bothered in that third place finish and was moved into second place after a disqualification. The filly lost that trial by less than a length. She is a multiple stakes winning filly at Remington Park, having won the $68,000 Laico Bird Stakes and the FL Lady Bug Stakes last year as a 2-year-old.
“When she broke in slightly at the start, I was worried,” said Delgado. “But after I got after her, she started rolling. She’s the kind of filly that if you keep busy on her she will run for you.”
Delgado was aboard her for all her stakes wins at Remington Park.
Crawford’s horses have begun to peak this week after his barn got off to a slow start early in the meet. Im a Fancee Chik always makes him happy.
“She has always been a barn favorite,” Crawford said. “I noticed she was really calm and focused in the paddock today, more than usual. So I thought, ‘Well, she’s either going to run big or not at all.’ It’s always beautiful to see her win.”
Im a Fancee Chik got to the wire a neck ahead of runner-up Pevs Jukebox (26-1), who was another head in front of third-place finisher Just a Kool Boy (3-5), the post-time heavy favorite, in a blanket finish. Running time for the winner was :17.312 over the fast track for a speed index of 99. She earned $30,000 for the victory and improved her lifetime record to 13 starts, five wins, three seconds and one third for a bankroll of $165,276.
Im A Fancee Chik paid $19.20 to win, $10.60 to place and $4.60 to show in winning the Jack Brooks Stakes.
Crawford won his second Jack Brooks Stakes. He also trained the 2018 winner, Weetonas Lafawn. This was the first win in this race for the rest of the connections.
The Jack Brooks Stakes is names after the legendary trainer from Blanchard, Okla. who retired in 2007. Brooks led the Remington Park trainer standings three times in his career, adding that local accomplishment to his eight wins in the All American Futurity, the pinnacle for 2-year-old racing American Quarter Horses. Brooks is a multiple Hall of Famer.
Remington Park racing continues Sunday with racing underway at 4 p.m. Central.
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