Flippant and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Kentucky Downs TVG Preview Dueling Grounds Oaks at Ellis Park.
In the first run of the $ 100,000 Kentucky Downs TVG Preview Dueling Grounds Oaks, Flippant and jockey Rafael Bejarano upset the field to give coach Vicki Oliver another win on Saturday at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky.
“I know Flippant took a step forward, but she was experienced enough to compete against this type of company,” Oliver said, referring to the filly’s five previous starts. “We trained the mare (Frivolous), she was a really great mare. She (Flippant) deserves to be in the company of the Stakes, and she has proven it. “
After stumbling at the start, Flippant held up and got out of the pace well, so Stillchargingmaria set a representative pace, followed by Takntothecleaners. At the end of the stretch, Caldee and Flippant got engaged to each other, with Flippant gaining the ultimate advantage by half a length.
“This horse rode a great race today,” said Bejarano, who was on board Flippant’s first three-quarter victory over 1 1/4 miles. “Today was a lot of speed. The track played very fair today for horses coming from behind. We had a nice trip after a bad break from the gate. I just got her set and tried to relax her. She did well and continued running in the end. She was definitely the best horse today. “
Owned and bred by G. Watts Humphrey, the daughter of Tapit improved her record to two wins in five lifetime starts and increased her profit to $ 115,109. Flippant went through 3-1 and paid $ 8.20 to win while finishing the distance in 1: 39.56.
When asked about winning three races, Oliver said: “Oh, that’s amazing. The last time I won three in one day was a long, long time ago (2006) at The Meadowlands when they had one of those all-day lawn days. “
She said winning two bets in one day was a first.
“I’ve never done that before, so this is exciting,” she said. “But these two fillies are really beautiful fillies and also the filly that won earlier, which in my opinion is also a stakes horse. So it’s fun to be invited to Kentucky Downs. “
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