LADY ORCHID PULLS OFF UPSET OVER MULTIPLE STAKES WINNER SHE’S ALL WOLFE IN FEATURED ALLOWANCE RACE, WINNING BY A NOSE
The last two times Lady Orchid faced She’s All Wolfe, they met in stakes races and the latter filly was the victor both times. Lady Orchid turned the tables on Saturday night in the featured allowance race at Remington Park for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares.
She’s All Wolfe, the heavy 3-5 wagering favorite in this allowance event, pulled her head up as Lady Orchid, at 3-1, pushed hers down and the photo finish revealed a victory by the shortest of noses. It was overdue as Lady Orchid had run third in the $145,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff to She’s All Wolfe on Oct. 15, 3-1/2 lengths back at 1 mile, 70 yards. Last year in that same race, Lady Orchid had come within a head of She’s All Wolfe.
Jockey Floyd Wethey, Jr., was on such a hot roll Saturday, winning four races out of five mounts, that he had to win this photo. Wethey measured the stretch run perfectly as he came from last to first in the last half mile of the 7 furlongs race. He was stuck behind horses until mid-stretch and then veered out toward the middle of the track to make his winning move between horses.
It was also a big night for trainer Francisco Bravo as three of Wethey’s four victories came for him. Wethey also won for Bravo aboard All Ablaze ($4.80 to win) in a maiden race in the first and Got Swagger ($4.60) against maidens in the third. Wethey’s fourth trip to the winner’s circle came in the fourth race in the irons of Excetera ($2.80) among claiming $7,500 non-winners of two.
Lady Orchid earned $28,449 from the $49,000 purse and improved her record to 19 starts, nine wins, three seconds and two thirds for $347,760 earned for owner and breeder Lori Bravo of Sulphur, Okla., the wife of the trainer. This 5-year-old mare is by Oratory, out of the Soto mare Burst of Life.
Keena (37-1) got up for a surprising third-place finish, four lengths back of She’s All Wolfe. She finished ahead of past stakes winners, Alternative Slew and Country Daisy.
Running time for the 7 furlongs was 1:26.81 over a fast track. The winner cut into fractions of :23.41 for the quarter-mile, :47.31 for the half-mile, and 1:13.41 for three-quarters of a mile. The pace was set by last-place Kallie Sioux (10-1) and Keena.
This was the fourth win in seven tries over the dirt at Remington Park for Lady Orchid. She’s All Wolfe had quite a streak going on the main track and even with the loss has won five of eight starts on the dirt here.
Remington Park racing continues on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 29-30 with the first race each day at 2:30pm-Central.
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