She’s All In was the most dominant winner on the $1 million Oklahoma Classics card at Remington Park on Friday night, when she drew clear by seven lengths in the $145,000 Distaff. It was her third consecutive win in the race, and with the victory she pushed her career earnings past $750,000.
The Classics program, which featured eight divisional stakes for horses bred in Oklahoma, has been run for 20 years and it ranks as one of the richest cards of the meet.
She’s All In ($2.20) tracked the pace in second for the first half-mile of the Distaff, then overtook leader Lesley Be Judged through six furlongs in 1:12.31. The eventual winner skipped home from there, covering one mile and 70 yards on a fast track in 1:41.13. It was the 14th win from 29 starts for She’s All In, who now has earnings of $766,605. Earlier this year, She’s All In won the Grade 3 Sixty Sails at Hawthorne.
“Everybody deserves one horse like this in their lifetime,” said Robert Zoellner, who bred and owns She’s All In.
Donnie Von Hemel trains She’s All In, who was ridden to victory by Luis Quinonez. Zoellner, Von Hemel and Quinonez also teamed to win the $130,000 Distaff Turf with Soonerette ($3.20), who wired the field for a length and a quarter score over Skedee.
* In the $175,000 Classics Cup for 3-year-olds and up bred in Oklahoma, recent claim Fifth Date ran down Imahit for a 2 1/2-length win. Imahit finished three lengths clear of third-place finisher Ted’s Folly. The race was the richest on the card Friday.
“This is like a state championship to me,” said winning owner Danny Caldwell. Fifth Date ($42.20), who was an $18,000 claim on Aug. 25, was content to stalk the pace through six furlongs in 1:11.53, then went after Imahit in the stretch. Fifth Date went on to cover the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.63.
“Normally he’s a horse that goes to the lead, but Danny said in the paddock to try to get him back today and I thought it was a good idea,” said winning rider Alex Birzer. “He settled in nice.”
Fifth Date came into the Classics Cup off a second-place finish to Brethren in a $50,000 optional claiming allowance at Remington Park on Sept. 28. He is an 8-year-old gelding who has now won 15 of 59 starts and $431,740. He is trained by Federico Villafranco.
In other stakes on the card:
* Motivare paid $42.40 when she rallied from next to last to win the $100,000 Lassie. She won by 3 3/4 lengths over Shez Tuned Up and Sockie Bomb, who dead-heated for second. Glen Murphy rode Motivare for Phil Hoedebeck Jr. and Pat Sheetz and trainer Brent Davidson.
* In the $100,000 Juvenile, Jump and Go ($11.20) overtook favorite Shirley Elizabeth for a 3 1/2-length win, covering six furlongs in 1:10.56. Shane Laviolette was aboard for Beverly J. Lewis and trainer Don Von Hemel.
* Okie Ride ($2.40) pushed past pacesetter Conkigo and went on to a 2 3/4-length win in the $130,000 Sprint. Quinonez was aboard in what was his first of three stakes wins on the card. Kenneth Nolen trains Okie Ride for Richter Family Trust.
* Miss Natalie ($10.80) rallied for a head win over Flatterific in the $130,000 Distaff Sprint. Cliff Berry rode the winner for Gar Oil Corp., and trainer Joe Offolter.
* Ridge Road ($18.60) delivered as a supplement to the $130,000 Turf, when he rallied for a 1 3/4-length win over Okietate. Lindey Wade was aboard for owner-trainer Boyd Caster.
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