SQUILLIONS WINS FOR FOURTH TIME IN FIVE TRIES AT REMINGTON PARK THIS MEET, TAKING ALLOWANCE FEATURE
Squillions won her fourth race in five Remington Park attempts this meet on Wednesday night for leading trainer Karl Broberg, taking the featured allowance race.
The 3-year-old filly by Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy), out of the Smart Strike mare Tela, won a second-level allowance over a sloppy track, following consistent rains that soaked Oklahoma City and Remington Park throughout the evening.
Under jockey Orlando Mojica, Squillions (6-5 wagering favorite) made a strong run from well back in seventh place in the seven-horse field down the backstretch to get past the front-running Silverscape (3-1) and win by two lengths in the 1 mile, 70-yards race. Jockey Floyd Wethey, Jr. had Silverscape in a spirited speed duel up front with Street Tapper for half the race. When Silverscape put away Street Tapper, she could feel the approaching shadow of Squillions stalking her to the top of the stretch. That’s where Squillions took over and drew away in the final strides. Silverscape held on for second and it was another 8-1/2 lengths back to third-place Optimistic Cowgirl (10-1).
Squillions won her first race of the meet on Sept. 24, breaking her maiden by a full length. Trainer Robertino Diodoro then put her in a $15,000 claiming race for non-winners of two races on Oct. 6 where Broberg and his ownership group, End Zone Athletics of Mansfield, Texas, gladly paid the price to get her into their barn. She won the night she was claimed easily by 1-1/4 lengths.
Squillions only loss came in a first-level allowance event in her first effort at that class level, running third, beaten 5-1/2 lengths as the 3-1 lukewarm favorite. She got back on track with a win at that same level on Nov. 11 by a half-length and then a win against second-level allowance horses on Wednesday. Her first three wins here came with leading rider Cristian Torres up. Mojica inherited the mount from Broberg when Torres left to ride at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., this winter.
Squillions earned $21,678 from the $36,300 purse and improved her record to 11 starts, four wins, two seconds and one third for a bankroll of $88,369. Her running line at Remington Park is now five starts, four wins, and one third for earnings of $74,089 here. She was bred in Kentucky by Popatop, LLC.
The front-runners in Wednesday’s race set early fractions of :23.78 for the first quarter-mile, :47.94 for a half-mile, and 1:13.74 for six furlongs. Squillions took over and hit the one-mile pole in 1:39.99 and finished in a time of 1:44.20. Her backers received $4.40 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show.
Remington Park racing continues Thursday through Saturday with the first race nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
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