IT MAKES SENSE STRETCHES HIS WIN STREAK TO THREE WITH VICTORY IN ALLOWANCE AT REMINGTON PARK
It Makes Sense was 0-for-4 at Remington Park prior to Thursday night’s allowance feature, but his morning workouts and recent form proved to be premonitions of things to come as he stretched his winning streak to three in a row.
The 7-year-old gelding had never even run second in Oklahoma City, let alone make it to the winner’s circle. He had, however, won his last two starts, an allowance-optional $75,000 claiming race at Lone Star Park and then stepping up to win the $100,000 Speightstown Sprint Stakes in Grand Prairie, Texas. His open allowance win tonight was against stakes-caliber company.
If morning workouts mean anything, It Makes Sense made plenty of sense in this race. He had three bullet workouts in a row in August at Remington Park. On Aug. 12, he was the fastest of 99 horses that worked a half mile that morning, covering the four furlongs in :46.99 handily. This son of Majestic Warrior, out of the Distorted Humor mare Sensibly Chic, followed that with the bullet at five furlongs in :59.73 handily on Aug. 18. His final work to prep for this start was also the fastest of the day when he covered five-eighths of a mile in 1:00.65. That was the quickest of 19 that went the distance the morning of Aug. 25 here.
Davis also owns this horse that was bred in Kentucky by McKenzie Bloodstock. The race was for 3-year-olds-and-older.
Jockey Jose Alvarez rode him perfectly, fending off runner-up Empire of Gold, who made a move at him in the stretch, coming right up to his shoulder before It Makes Sense found another gear for the win by three-quarters of a length. Empire of Gold was a horse that had finished fourth in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, losing by 4-1/4 lengths to Whitmore.
The Thursday night feature was a six-furlong sprint over a sloppy track after heavy rains in the Oklahoma City area early in the afternoon. The winning time was 1:09.67.
It Makes Sense was bet down heavily to 7-5 in the early going of the wagering, but went back up to 4-1 odds at post time, paying $10.40 to win, $4.80 to place and $3.40 to show. Empire of Gold went off the post-time favorite at 5-2 odds. The longest shot in the field at 41-1, Flap Jack, finished third another three lengths behind Empire of Gold.
Seven Nation Army (7-2), another horse that has fared well in stakes events, checked in fourth, 1-1/2 lengths behind the longshot third-place finisher. Seven Nation Army was the runner-up in the 2020 $60,000 David Vance Sprint Stakes to Chief Cicatriz.
It Makes Sense earned $23,745 from the $40,000 purse, improving his lifetime record to 28 starts, nine wins, four seconds and six thirds for $249,269 in earnings.
Live racing at Remington Park continues this week with racing Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3. First post time is 7pm-Central.
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