LADY AVE WINS HER EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE RACE AT REMINGTON PARK, SCARLET POSITION GIVES HER ALL SHE WANTS THIS TIME
Lady Ave won her eighth race in a row at Remington Park on Tuesday, in 10 races lifetime in Oklahoma City, by winning an optional $10,000 claiming sprint for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Under jockey Stewart Elliott, the 5-year-old mare by Bind (Pulpit), out of the Thunder Gulch mare Astoria Song, won her third in a row at Remington this meet and has not lost on this track since her first two tries as a 2-year-old in 2019.
Owner Caden Arthur of Yukon, Okla., has gotten used to seeing his big mare in the winner’s circle here, but normally he hasn’t had to sweat it coming down the stretch. In her last victory, she drew away to a seven-length lead at the top of the lane before winning by 4-1/2 lengths under wraps. On Tuesday, it was tough sledding all the way to the wire in the 5-1/2-furlong race. She had a lead by only a head with a quarter mile to go as Scarlet Position had rolled up from fourth down the backstretch to engage the leader in a battle to the wire. They fought nose-to-nose until the final strides when Lady Ave showed she is all heart, winning by a full length in the end.
Lady Ave was sent off as the prohibitive favorite at 1-2 odds as the 8-1 outsider Scarlet Position pressed her every step. La Morena was a fast-closing third another length back when the photo was taken at the finish line. Lady Ave paid $3 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show.
Lady Ave earned $8,808 for the victory from the $15,518 purse and improved her record to 33 starts, 16 wins and six seconds for a total bankroll of $250,986. Her Remington Park mark is 10 starts, eight wins and $70,430 earned. Lady Ave was bred in Texas by David Davis, her former owner. She was claimed away from him in July 2021 by her current owner and then trainer Austin Gustafson.
Lady Ave’s streak at Remington Park began on Aug. 27, 2021, when she won by two lengths at six furlongs, followed by a 1-1/4 length win at 5-1/2 furlongs on Sept. 18. There were three other Remington Park trips to the winner’s circle for this mare, when she won here last year on Oct. 7, Nov. 5 and Dec. 16.
In her first two races at Remington Park, on Aug. 30, 2019, the 2-year-old filly ran sixth in a maiden race, losing by 13-1/2 lengths on a track listed as good, going 5-1/2 furlongs and then couldn’t break her maiden in her second try either. She finished up the track again, losing by 7-3/4 lengths, running sixth again.
REMINGTON PARK WINNER ON MONDAY, OLIVIA TWIST, HAD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY IN COUNTRY
Olivia Twist appears to be on her way to the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies going one mile. She had the largest margin of victory in the country on Monday, beating a field of allowance non-winners of two by 15 lengths. The 2-year-old daughter of Mshawish (Medaglia d’Oro), out of the War Chant mare Twinkling, remains undefeated after two starts at Remington Park for trainer Todd Fincher and owner G. Chris Coleman of Farmington, N.M. Remington Park leading rider Cristian Torres has been aboard in both starts.
Olivia Twist was bred in Kentucky by Brushy Hill LLC. The filly likely will face another undefeated competitor in the Trapeze, an Oklahoma-bred owned by Terry Westemeir of Broken Arrow, Okla., Doudoudouwanadance. She is 3-for-3 in her career, an easy winner in all three starts – a maiden race by eight lengths, the $88,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie Stakes by seven lengths and the $75,000 Slide Show Stakes by 3-1/4 lengths. Westemeir said she is pointed toward the Trapeze. It would be her first try against open stakes company fillies. Both stakes wins came against Oklahoma-breds.
The Trapeze Stakes is on Remington Park’s final day of the season, Dec. 17.
Live racing at Remington Park continues Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26 with the first race nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
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