OWNER BRYAN HAWK SWEEPS BOTH ALLOWANCE RACES ON CARD WITH LINGERING PROMISE IN THIRD RACE, RAGAN’S JET IN EIGHTH
It was a fiercely, brisk 39 degrees when Ragan’s Jet outlasted Cadi Deville in the eighth race Monday at Remington Park, but that didn’t stop the red-hot barn of owner Bryan Hawk from sweeping both allowance races on the card.
Hawk, of Shawnee, Okla., also won the third race with Lingering Promise to take down the two allowances on the card. Lingering Promise, trained by Kenny Nolen, and ridden to victory by Richard Eramia, was a 2-1/2 length victor. Eramia also rode Ragan’s Jet in the finale for a trip to the winner’s circle.
Lingering Promise, a 4-year-old daughter of Mr. Nightlinger, out of the Western Expression mare Kept Promise, cruised to the finish in the six-furlong race, beating former Remington Park stakes winner Dipping In (4-1). That filly won last year’s $70,000 Useeit Stakes here in December. Mizoney (12-1) was up for third, a head behind Dipping In. The 4-5 wagering favorite, Da Prairie Girl, could do no better than a well-beaten fifth.
Lingering Promise was sent off at 9-2 odds and paid $11 to win, $4.60 to place and $4.80 to show across the board. She is a home-bred for Hawk in Oklahoma.
The filly hit the wire in a time of 1:12.49 over the fast track, sitting just off the shoulder of early leader Mizoney. Lingering Promise stuck her head in front after a half mile. The interior fractions were :23.72 for the first quarter-mile, :47.86 for the half-mile and 1:00.06 for five-eighths of a mile.
Lingering Promise earned $25,711 from the $44,468 purse and improved her record to eight starts, three wins, two seconds and one third for a bankroll of $86,414.
In the final race of the night, Ragan’s Jet was embattled up front in a speed duel with three other horses, but found the heart to hang on and hold off the fast-closing Cadi Deville. The winner, a 4-year-old filly by Mister Lucky Cat, out of the Songandaprayer mare She’sgotherownjet, was a 1-1/2 length winner at the finish line. She was bet down to 6-1 and Cadi Deville was sent off at 12-1. Stylin N Profilin (2-1) was another 4-1/4 lengths back in third. The even-money favorite, A Real Jewel, checked in a well-beaten fourth.
Joe Offolter trains Ragan’s Jet for Hawk. It was her second win in her last three tries at Remington Park as she won a first-level allowance race over a sloppy track here on Nov. 3. She was able to race in this similar allowance race because the November win came against Oklahoma-breds.
Ragan’s Jet paid $14.40, $7.20 and $4 to her backers. She won $24,072 from the $37,825 purse and improved her record to six starts, three wins, one second and one third for earnings of $72,726.
Winning time for the six furlongs was 1:13.13. Ragan’s Jet pounced from third out of the speed duel to outlast the other front-runners, Maritime Empire and A Real Jewel. Maritime Empire faded to sixth at 9-1 odds. The early fractions were :22.70 for the first quarter-mile, :47.03 for the half-mile and 1:00.02 for five-eighths of a mile. She was bred in Oklahoma by Millar Equine.
Remington Park racing continues Tuesday, Dec. 7 with a first race at 2:30pm-Central.
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