The $70,000 Useeit Stakes featured 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred fillies on Friday night at Remington Park. Sunday Flashback put the finishing touches on her solid season where she returned to action from a layoff of more than 10 months, scoring the one-mile event.

Owned, trained and bred by C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla., Sunday Flashback broke her maiden at Remington Park on Oct. 30, 2020, winning while leading throughout the 5-1/2 furlong sprint under Jose Alvarez. Despite the victory, the big gray went on the shelf until coming back to action this season on Sept. 10.

Her return was fantastic, pulling away to win by an astounding 14-1/2 lengths with Alvarez aboard, the only rider she has known. A win in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint on Oct. 15 then another allowance triumph, at one mile on Nov. 23, had Sunday Flashback ready for the Useeit.

Facing five others, Sunday Flashback was away in good order and was content to sit a couple lengths off the pace-setting Green Eyed Belle until moving into the second turn. Alvarez roused the filly and she responded, moving to the lead before they reached the top of the stretch. In the lane, Sunday Flashback pulled clear and then had to dig in through the final yards to fend off a game rally by Run Slewpy Run, winning by a length in 1:40.90 over the fast surface. Gotta See Red finished third, 1-3/4 lengths from the winner. The remaining order of finish was Green Eyed Belle (4th), Ima Skywalker (5th), Twilight Curfew (6th).

The heavy betting favorite at 2-5 odds, Sunday Flashback paid $2.80 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. The winner’s share of $42,000 boosted the career earnings for Sunday Flashback to $195,584. The daughter of Flashback from the Sunday Break (Jpn) mare Sundayville Break has started six times with five wins and one third.

This was the second victory in the Useeit Stakes for Trout, who also campaigned Hailstorm Slew to the win in 2016. This was the first Useeit score for Alvarez.

The Useeit Stakes is named after the Oklahoma-based broodmare from the early 1900s who produced Black Gold, the winner of the 1924 Kentucky Derby.

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