VETERAN RIDER LUIS QUINONEZ LEADS SOARING NOW TO HER THIRD WIN IN A ROW, TAKING TURF ALLOWANCE FEATURE
Soaring Now had never raced over the Remington Park turf before but at other tracks had been first or second in 10-of-18 tries on the lawn.
She showed she likes the grass in Oklahoma City, extending her winning streak to three in a row, taking the featured allowance race on Saturday night under veteran rider Luis Quinonez.
“Luis Q” had been aboard this 6-year-old mare by Tiznow, out of the Forestry mare Treetop Landing, in her last win on the turf, going one mile at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The beginning of the streak saw Lane Luzzi in the saddle at Lone Star when she won on an off track that night at one mile.
Saturday night’s victory came at 7-1/2 furlongs and Soaring Now, at 6-1 odds, finished a half-length ahead of fast-closing runner-up Barbess (25-1). First Alternate (7-1) ran third, another 2-3/4 lengths back. The 7-5 beaten favorite, Amandrea, was next-to-last in the field of eight older fillies and mares.
Soaring Now earned $18,147 from the $30,500 purse and improved her lifetime record to 41 starts, 11 wins, nine seconds and seven thirds for $186,968 in her wallet. She runs for owner GFB Racing of Argyle, Texas and trainer Danny Pish. The mare’s turf record moved to six wins from 19 starts and $96,961. She won at the claiming $15,000 level in the first win of the streak, moved up to $20,000 claimers the next out and won tonight against second-level allowance horses.
Running time for the victory was 1:32.06 over the firm course. Quinonez was sitting chilly in last place halfway through the race and passed them all in the final half mile. She was third at the top of the stretch before pouncing on front-runners First Alternate and Imaginary Music.
Remington Park’s Thoroughbred Season continues next week with a Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 10-12 schedule. The nine-race programs begin nightly at 7:07pm-Central.
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