From Remington Park Media Team:
The $100,000 Trapeze Stakes at Remington Park proved to be a milestone for National Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen in more than one way.
When his 2-year-old filly Princesinha Julia came home a winner, it was the first time that Asmussen had won this race for 2-year-old fillies in its seven-year history. The victory also tied him with all-time winningest trainer here Donnie Von Hemel. After the Trapeze win, they both stood at 1,049 wins lifetime at Remington Park. Asmussen passed Von Hemel in the very next race, when Magical won the She’s All In Stakes. Asmussen also won his 15th seasonal training title at Remington Park.
Asmussen ended the night with four wins on the card and at 1,051 all time at this Oklahoma City racetrack.
“Remington Park has always been special to me,” Asmussen said. “The first training title I ever won was at Remington in 1991 and now to get to here as all-time trainer, well, that’s incredible.”
Princesinha Julia was sent off as the 8-5 wagering favorite by the public. Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr., who won four races overall Sunday, sat sixth on her after a half mile had gone by in the one-mile race. At that point, he asked her to run and she was third at the next call, a little more than a length off pacesetter Lucky Every Day, who faded to next-to-last.
Princesinha Julia engaged with Caribbean Sea the rest of the way and the two fought down the stretch to the wire. Princesinha Julia outlasted her rival to score by a half-length. Caribbean Sea was another five lengths in front of third-place finisher Best Intentions.
“She is a nice filly,” Asmussen said of his winner. “Bred very well and adding the distance for her, she ran really well. When she got into traffic early in the race I was really nervous, but it worked out.”
The winner chased interior fractions of :23.23 for the quarter-mile, :47.39 for the half-mile, 1:14:34 for three quarters of a mile and 1:27.53 for seven-eighths of a mile. The final time was 1:40.73 over the fast track.
Princesinha Julia paid $5.40 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Caribbean Sea paid $8.80 to place and $5.80 to show. Best Intentions paid $5.80 to show. The remaining order of finish was Trixie Racer (4th), Diamonds N Spurs (5th), Machos Vision (6th), Hunny Hush (7th), Lucky Every Day (8th) and Spanx Legacy (eased).
It was the third win in a row for Princesinha Julia but her first in stakes-company. She was bred in Kentucky by her owner, Three Chimneys Farm of Midway, Ky. and earned $60,000 for the win and now has a record of three wins from five starts and $103,553 in her bankroll. She gave all of her connections their first victory in the Trapeze, Remington Park’s top event for 2-year-old fillies.
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