Eyesa Shoofly Dandy Earns First Graded Stakes Win in Pauls Valley

The 6-year-old gelding is game down the stretch at Remington Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy gets his head in front at the wire in Thursday's 870-yard Pauls Valley Stakes. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy broke sharply from post 3 and battled down the stretch to win Thursday's $51,440 Pauls Valley Stakes (G3) at Remington Park.

Ridden by Donell Blake, Eyesa Shoofly Dandy covered 870 yards in :45.169, and the 6-year-old son of Gold Medal Jess' margin of victory was a head from 2-1 favorite Admiral Zoomwalt. Reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl saddled the gelding for owners Curtis Smith and Steve A. Holt.

“My horse kind of went out a little bit at the top of the lane,” said Blake, who also rode Eyesa Shoofly Dandy in the gelding's one-length victory in the 870-yard, $15,000 Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs on January 7. "(Admiral Zoomwalt) went by me, and I'm pretty sure he used up a lot of horse when he passed me.

"My horse kept on battling, and I never gave up on him," he added. "When I started coming to (Admiral Zoomwalt), I could tell that I was wearing him down."

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy was bred in Oklahoma by Wesley Ann Anglin. The gelding has won 10 of his 24 starts, including six of 13 at the 870-yard distance, and the $30,738 winner's share of the purse from his first graded stakes victory and fourth overall stakes score increased his earnings to $131,685.

Jess A Hilbily Bone finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Eyesa Shoofly Dandy. Blazen Panther, Cjs Rocksolid, Jmf Shazoomer, Fire On The Fly, and Jess Twice Cash completed the order of finish.

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