RAGAN’S JET GOES AGAINST GRAIN, BECOMES ONLY SECOND HORSE TO WIN SPRINT OUTSIDE 10-HOLE THIS SEASON AT REMINGTON PARK
Ragan’s Jet became only the second horse this Remington Park season to win a sprint from outside post-position 10, scoring the featured allowance on Wednesday night. The filly won from post 12, wearing the No. 14 saddle cloth.
The race had scratched down to 12 horses from 14, so Ragan’s Jet had moved inward two spots. For the entire meet, there have been only 15 sprint races with horses breaking from the posts 11 to 14, and Ragan’s Jet was the first of 10 that won from the 12-post position. The only other winner outside the 10 was Pop’s Biscuit on Sept. 10 when he won a sprint, breaking from the 11-post position. Combined now from post positions 11-14 this meet, horses are 2-for-36.
The 11-hole is 1-for-21, 12 is 1-for-10, the 13 is 0-4 and the 14 is 0-1.
Ragan’s Jet, an 11-1 longshot, outran Flying Blue at 27-1, to the wire by two lengths. The third-place finisher, Sigicricket, was another horse with boxcar odds at 58-1 and he was another 2-1/4 lengths behind. The three of them keyed a huge trifecta and superfecta payoff in the ninth and final race of the night. The 50-cent trifecta returned $2,686 while the 10-cent superfecta with Naughty Natalie (7-2) running fourth was worth $7,882.49.
Ragan’s Jet is a 4-year-old filly by Mister Lucky Cat, out of the Songandaprayer mare She’sgotherownjet and is owned by Bryan Hawk of Shawnee, Okla. She is trained by Joe Offolter and was ridden to victory by Richard Eramia. She covered the 6-furlong distance in a winning time of 1:12.31. The combination 14-12 (12-11 post positions) exacta was the first time two horses outside the 10-hole had finished first and second this meet in a short race. The $2 exacta paid $535.20.
The filly made every pole a winning one and set early fractions of :22.33 for the first quarter-mile, :46.29 for the half-mile, and :59.07 for five-eighths of a mile. She earned $23,868 from the $41,650 purse, defeating 11 Oklahoma-bred filly and mare rivals, and improved her career record to four starts two wins and one third for $39,593 in total earnings.
Ragan’s Jet also proved she loves a wet track. She ran third in her first career start at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., in a maiden race over a fast track. Her second time out at WRD, she caught a sloppy racing surface and cruised home a winner for the first time as the 8-5 favorite. She was laid off from May to September when she raced at Remington Park for the first time in her career. Offolter tried her on the grass at 5 furlongs and she ran evenly, finishing sixth, beaten only 4-1/4 lengths. Just short of another two months off since that race, she was fired up to see the rains overnight had left the track here a sloppy mess. She once again showed she likes the slop slapping all around her and went wire to wire in a strong win against first-level allowance Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares that were 3-years-old and older. She was bred in Oklahoma by Millar Equine.
Remington Park racing continues this week with a Thursday-Saturday night schedule. First post time is 7:07 p.m. nightly.
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