La Vencedora is Best in Oklahoma Derby
The filly earns her second graded stakes win on Saturday.
March 24, 2018
La Vencedora, a brown daughter of Ivory James racing for Good Memories LLC and the fifth-fastest qualifier, sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday's $218,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park.
Ridden by James Flores for trainer Amanda Tongay, La Vencedora covered 350 yards in :17.419. The filly earned $87,200 from her second career stakes win.
"She's definitely an honest horse," said Flores of La Vencedora. "Every time I ride her she gives 100-110 percent. As a rider, that's a good feeling to get on that kind of horse.
"She broke about a half a side off of (Defender One), who outbroke me," he added. "As soon as she spotted him, she made a big run. I hustled her down the lane, and she just ran her heart out."
La Vencedora was bred in Oklahoma by Bobby D. Cox. A $16,000 buy at the 2016 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the filly has won five of eight starts, including last year's Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for state-breds, and she has earned $504,196.
Sugars First Love finished second and was followed by Onewickedchick, Dashing Sashay, Htr Miamor Tequila, fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite Curls Happy Wagon, Defender One, PYC Fun N Fancy, and Little Kool Corona. Eighth-fastest qualifier Apollitical Cyclone was scratched.
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