TRAINER KARI CRADDOCK WINS SECOND CLASSICS RACE IN A ROW, TAKING BOTH STAKES EVENTS FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS
Oklahoma Classics Night on Friday at Remington Park was dominated early by trainer Kari Craddock. She saddled both of the winners in the 2-year-old stakes races with Number One Dude in the Juvenile for colts and geldings, and then scoring the Classics Lassie for the fillies with Gotta See Red.
With the pair of victories, Craddock swooped past trainer Kenny Nolen on the all-time wins list in Oklahoma Classics with eight overall. She started the night with six, one behind Nolen. The next trainer in sight for Craddock is Steve Hobby, who has 10 overall. The leader in that category is Donnie Von Hemel with 28 overall wins.
Gotta See Red, a 2-year-old filly by Pollard’s Vision, out of the Kipling mare Gotagogotagogotago, was ridden to victory by Lane Luzzi. It was his first win in the Oklahoma Classics.
Gotta See Red earned $60,000 from the $100,000 purse in the six-furlong sprint and improved to three starts, two wins and one third for $87,284 in her bankroll for owners Hal Browning and Dave Faulkner of Dallas, Texas.
Gotta See Red came from next-to-last in the field of nine to win by three-quarters of a length. She was the 2-1 betting favorite. Racing second was Twilight Curfew (5-1), who was another 2-1/4 lengths ahead of Sunday Flashback, in third place. The winner was bred in Oklahoma by the owners and paid $6 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Her running time was 1:11.34 over the fast track after she closed into interior fractions of :22.30 for the first quarter-mile, :45.92 for a half-mile, and :58.44 for five-eighths of a mile.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday night with nine races on tap beginning at 7:07pm-Central.
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