LADY AVE, FAIRWAY MAGIC CONTINUE THEIR WINNING WAYS AT REMINGTON PARK, PROVE THEY ARE HORSES FOR THE COURSE
Two horses that have made a habit of winning at Remington Park continued their winning ways over this track Friday night as Lady Ave and Fairway Magic dominated their races respectively.
Lady Ave became the first horse at Remington Park this meet to win four races, all of her victories being consecutive ones. Going into Friday night’s card, Lady Ave had won three in a row for leading trainer Steve Asmussen against starter allowance or optional claiming company. The 4-year-old filly by Bind, out of the Thunder Gulch mare Astoria Song, was ridden to victory Friday by regular jockey Stewart Elliott. He has been aboard for all four wins this meet including this one against starter allowance fillies and mares that had started with $5,000 claimers or less in 2020-21, sprinting 6 furlongs.
The filly, owned by Caden Arthur of Yukon, Okla., has now won four-of-six tries at Remington Park. Her trip to the winner’s circle came in the fourth race and she won easily as she has in every start this fall. She beat her bunch Friday by 5-3/4 lengths after winning the previous three by 8-1/4 lengths, 1-1/4 and 2, respectively. Lady Ave was sent off as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite in the race where she stuck out like a throbbing thumb as the most likely winner on the card. She earned $8,808 for her win and improved lifetime to 18 starts, eight wins and three seconds for a bankroll of $133,798.
Lady Ave, bred in Texas by David Davis, paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10 across the board and stopped the timer for three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.99 over the fast track. The filly set all the interior fractions of :22.71 for the quarter-mile, :45.95 for the half-mile, and :58.02 for five-eighths of a mile.
In the very next race, the fifth, Fairway Magic won for the fourth time at Remington Park in seven races here, taking the featured allowance race for jockey David Cabrera and trainer Bret Calhoun. The 5-year-old gelded son of Violence, out of the Roar mare Ramblin Rosie, also cruised to the easiest of wins, drawing off by 8-1/4 lengths to take the $36,300 second-level allowance race.
Unlike Lady Ave, however, this was Fairway Magic’s first win of the meet. He is owned by Tom Durant of Grapevine, Texas. His odds were much better for his backers as he broke from the gate at 3-1. Cabrera began rolling with him on the far turn and by the time they hit the top of the stretch, he had a widening three-length lead. They hit the wire a city block in front. He was distantly followed in second by 4-5 favorite Wild Behavior, who had a five-race win streak snapped. Old Trafford was another four lengths behind in third.
Fairway Magic earned $21,678 from the purse and now has won four races in 16 starts, all four of those at Remington Park. His record is now 16-4-5-1 for $124,181 in the racing wallet.
Fairway Magic was bred in Kentucky by Morris Floyd and Gary Layman. The winner crossed the finish line in 1:10.34. Cabrera, the three-time jockey champion at Remington Park, set Fairway Magic down in third behind some red-hot early fractions set by the front-running Denver City. That horse went out in :21.84 seconds for the quarter-mile, :44.97 for the half-mile before fading down the lane with a :57.48 time after five furlongs. Denver City stopped to a walk, finishing next-to-last.
Fairway Magic paid $8.20, $3.20 and $2.20 to win, place and show. Cabrera had won three races in a row with this horse last year in Oklahoma City from Oct. 1-Nov. 20, taking a maiden win and two allowance victories.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Nov. 6 with the first race at 7:07pm. The simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Del Mar in Southern California will begin at 2:05pm, with the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 7:40pm. All times are Central.
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