Photo Credit – Remington Park/Dustin Orona Photography
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
COPPER FLASH REBOUNDS WITH SHARP VICTORY
OKLAHOMA CITY – Copper Flash didn’t get the chance to finish her last race, falling after contact with a rival and throwing jockey Cliff Berry to the track surface. Just three weeks later, the 3-year-filly was back in action with Berry aboard. This time, the pair finished what they started in sharp fashion.
Berry guided Copper Flash wide through the lone turn of Wednesday’s eighth race, a seven-furlong event for Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares in search of their second career wins. The $7,500-level claiming race had a field of 13 with Copper Flash positioned in post number 13. The number was not unlucky as Copper Flash had plenty of energy. She handled her wide trip to take the lead near the top of the stretch, drawing off to win by four lengths in 1:25.84 over a muddy main track.
The result was the extreme opposite of what happened with Copper Flash and Berry on Oct. 1. Then, the pair moved for the lead going into the final turn of a one-mile race when an inside rival bumped into them, creating the contact and the subsequent fall. While Berry was propelled to the racetrack, Copper Flash tumbled and regained her feet. Both rider and horse walked away from the incident under their own power, fortunate to avoid serious injury.
After inspection and resumption of morning conditioning, trainer Roger Engel had Copper Flash back in action with Berry, Remington Park’s all-time leading jockey, up once again. There was no rival contact to hinder their opportunity on a rainy Wednesday evening as they cruised home, much the best, for owner Greg Frye of Tulsa, Okla.
Copper Flash was 5-2 in the wagering and paid $7.40 to win, $4.60 to place and $3 to show. Miss Minnie rallied for second to return $7.40 to place and $3.60 to show. Mrs McLintock was third as the 2-1 betting favorite, paying $3.20 to show.
The win was the second from six career starts for Copper Flash, a daughter of Save Big Money from the Brunswick mare Eternal Optimism. The winner’s share of $6,967 increased her total earnings to $21,600.
Remington Park Thoroughbred racing continues Thursday thru Saturday, Oct. 23-25, with the first race nightly set for 7pm. The $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial for 2-year-old fillies is the featured race of the week on Friday evening.
Remington Park is open daily at 10:30am for simulcast racing and casino gaming, featuring the Bricktown Brewery on the casino floor. Admission, general parking and valet parking are always free at Remington Park, the home of the $250,000 Springboard Mile on Sunday, Dec. 14.
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