First In Class DBS Takes Leo Stakes

Grade 1 race at Remington Park produces 14-1 upset.

March 31, 2013

After a pedestrian beginning, First In Class DBS managed to get moving and was rolling best at the end of the Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Stakes to win by a neck on Saturday night at Remington Park.

Owned by Andrew Smith of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and trained by Luis Villafranco, First In Class DBS was ridden by Roy Baldillez, who had confidence in the horse after he finished his 3-year-old season well with a pair of wins at the end of 2012.

“That was a tough field of horses and this horse showed in his last couple races that he’s a pretty nice horse himself, and tonight he ran a big race and got it done,” Baldillez said. “The Long Knife was ahead of us, but he started really moving and on the end we just went by them. He ran a super race; he’s running really game right now.”

First In Class DBS came into the Leo as the only entrant in the race with less than $100,000 in career earnings. In fact, he had only won two career races with total earnings of just $20,137. His third career win, in a row, came against a field full of graded stakes winners.

After spotting The Long Knife and Jess Lips the early lead, First In Class DBS moved sharply on the outside from his number-nine post position. The 3-year-old was in striking position in the final 100 yards and managed to fly past his rivals in the final strides to gain victory. The Long Knife held second, a head better than Jess Lips.

First In Class DBS handled the Leo’s 400 yards in :19.637 over a fast track. At 14-1 odds, he paid $30.80 to win, $14.20 to place and $7.20 to show. The Long Knife, the beaten 2-1 wagering favorite, returned $3.40 to place and $3 to show. Jess Lips paid $3.60 to show.

Now with three lifetime wins from 10 career starts, First In Class DBS picked up $60,000 for his Leo surprise to roll his overall money to $80,137. Bred in California by Double Bar S Ranch, First In Class DBS is by First Down Dash from the Chicks Beduino mare A Chick Of Class.

Baldillez won his second consecutive Leo Stakes, having won the race a year ago on 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123. The Leo is named after the great foundation sire in American Quarter Horse racing. Leo was based for most of his life in Oklahoma, first in Pawhuska, then in Perry where a life-size statue still stands in his honor.

Female stakes runners were featured in the Grade 3, $52,500 Decketta Stakes at 350 yards a race prior to the Leo. Black Rosalita enjoyed a solid start and run to pull away for a half-length win.

Owned by Dr. Francis L. Glowacki 97 Trust of Queenstown, Maryland, Black Rosalita is trained by Luz Chavira and was ridden by newcomer Ivan Carnero, who can still keep track of his career wins with his fingers.

“This is my fourth win and my first stakes win,” a beaming Carnero said from the winner’s circle. “She broke off a little slow, but she always breaks slow. After about 200 or 250-yards she started rolling out there. She’s a pretty good mare.”

Black Rosalita was squeezed at the start of an allowance race that served as a prep event for the Decketta on March 8. In that race, Carnero managed to get her out of the traffic bind, alter course and gain to a second-place effort. There was no such trouble for her in the Decketta as she hit the finish in :17.431.

Cruzin The Wagon led early in the Decketta but could not fend off the winner. Kuhl Wave was another head back for third-place.

Black Rosalita was 5-2 in the wagering and paid $7 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.80 to show. Cruzin The Wagon, the 2-1 betting favorite, paid $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Kuhl Wave returned $5.80 to show.

Winning for the eighth time from 23 career starts, Black Rosalita enjoyed her second Remington Park win. The winner’s check of $30,000 pushes her total money earnings to $127,929. Bred in Maryland by her owner, Black Rosalita is 4-year-old mare by Sweet First Down from the Tolltac mare Poneta.

Black Rosalita provided the first Decketta win for all of her connections. The Decketta is named in honor of the 1964 All American Futurity winner who raced for five seasons before becoming an outstanding broodmare for over 20 years. W.W. Wilson bred, owned and trained Decketta from his Blanchard, Oklahoma, ranch.

A 10-race program awaits fans on Easter Sunday with the first event at 1:30 p.m.