Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 10 sophomores, second-fastest qualifier Jess Proved Youwrong overcame a less-than-perfect start to win Saturday’s Grade 3, 350-yard Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.
Jess Proved Youwrong defeated 14-1 longshot Americas Dynasty by a head in :17.440. Amanda Tongay prepped and James Flores rode the sorrel daughter of Apollitical Jess for owners Jose Ernesto Guzman and Rito Sosa.
“The horse responded excellently,” said Flores. “I just rode her all the way past the wire, and she got the win.”
Jess Proved Youwrong was bred in Oklahoma by Rex and Sue Cox, and the filly made her season debut with a 1 1/4-length win in one of seven Oklahoma Derby trials on March 8. Raced in Oklahoma and Texas, the filly has won three of eight starts, including three of six at Remington Park, and the $102,300 winner’s share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed her bankroll to $131,712.
Tongay took over the training on Jess Proved Youwrong this year.
“I didn’t have her last year, but over the winter she seemed to mature and we have to where she’s settled down,” Tongay said. “I was really nervous when she got squeezed back (at the start), but she has a lot of heart and we knew she would try.”
Tarish ran third, a half of a length behind Jess Proved Youwrong. Dynasty First Class, VF Jedi Returns, Rappid, Saratoga Return, Pops Tempting Wagon, fastest qualifier Philomena, and Jakes Baby Wagon completed the order of finish.
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