TRAINER STEVE ASMUSSEN WINS SHE’S ALL IN STAKES FOR THIRD TIME IN FOUR YEARS, SCORING WITH CASUAL
The nation’s No. 2 trainer in earnings this year, Steve Asmussen, owns the She’s All In Stakes, winning it for the third time in four years at Remington Park, this time with Casual.
When Asmussen’s fillies win, they leave no doubt that they were the best horse in the race. Casual was virtually in another county when she hit the finish line 5-1/4 lengths in front of the rest of the field in the $100,600 She’s All In on Friday night. He also won this race with Magical in 2019 and Clever Serve in 2018. That’s three trips to the winner’s circle in only eight editions of this event.
Jose Ortiz, the No. 4 rider in the country by earnings, booted home this 4-year-old daughter of Curlin, out of the Mutakddim mare Lady Tak. Asmussen campaigned Curlin, who was a two-time Horse of the Year.
Casual had run fourth in the She’s All In last year and had never won a stakes race until she took down the 2021 She’s All In. She was close to stakes wins many times this year, running second in the $75,000 Zia Distaff in New Mexico on Nov. 23, the $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes at Remington on Sept. 26, the $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico on May 21, and in the $200,000 Spring Fever Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. on Feb. 27.
Casual was at 2-1 odds in the race, but easily defeated the betting favorite Marion Francis who as at 9-5. Marion Francis was another 3-1/2 lengths ahead of third-place finisher My Bets (14-1) in a strung-out field. The remaining order of finish in the She’s All In was She’s All Wolfe (4th), Content (5th), Paige Anne (6th), Island Hideaway (7th) and Lady Gwen (8th).
Casual’s running time against 3-year-olds and older fillies and mares for the 1 mile-70 yards was 1:43.96 over the fast track. The interior fractions were :24.52 for the first quarter-mile, :49.40 for the half-mile, 1:15.19 for three-quarters of a mile and 1:39.98 for the mile. She was never worse than second in the running of this race and passed front-running Island Hideaway after three-quarters of the race. Island Hideaway faded to seventh.
Casual paid $6.80 to win, $4 to place and $3 to show.
Casual earned $60,000 from this purse and improved her lifetime record to 15 starts, four wins, four seconds and three thirds for $346,225 in her bankroll. It was the first time Jose Ortiz rode her. His brother, Irad, got her up for second in the Zia Distaff.
Casual is owned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings (J.G. Sikura) Stretch Run Ventures (Ed McGee) and Windsor Boys Racing (Faheem Hasnain) and was bred in Kentucky by the first two owners.
The She’s All In is named after the Oklahoma-bred mare and member of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame, who compiled over $1 million in her racing career, scoring 11 times at Remington Park.
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