Proxmity, a daughter of the One Famous Eagle stallion Moonin The Eagle, earned her first stakes victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $234,860 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.
Trained by Monty Arrossa for owner Dennis Dreier of Farmington, Missouri, Proximity covered 350 yards in :17.330 while aided by a reported 19-mph tail wind. Francisco Calderon rode the brown filly.
"She had worked good, and I'd been confident all along with her," said Calderon. "We got going, and I knew she wasn't going to prove me wrong."
The fifth-fastest qualifier from six trials contested on March , Proximity was bred in Oklahoma by Ron and Melany Shalz, and she was purchased by Dreier for $20,000 at last year's Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale in Oklahoma City. The filly is out of Conspicuous Dynasty, a homebred winning daughter of champion FDD Dynasty.
Proximity was winning for the first time in eight races, and the $93,944 winner's share of the purse increased the filly's earnings to $109,554.
"It gave me confidence that Calderon had so much confidence in her," said Jed Vane, Arrossa's assistant. "I think she's going to stay here and go for the Remington Park Oaks and/or the Heritage Place Oaks."
Lawless Wallace, the fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite, ran second, a neck behind the winner. AP Scout, Apollitical Face, A Political Eye, Pink Kiss, Tres Crystals, Water Or Corona, Divas Perry, and Teller Ima Eagle completed the order of finish.
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