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Lady Apple Takes Remington Park Oaks

Author: Don Mckee
Published: Tuesday October 01, 2019
Lady Apple crossed the line first in the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks (G3) on Sunday. The race added on to her multiple graded stakes victories, and she continues to impress through her 2019 year. 

The field only consisted of four horses, and Lady Apple took the lead by the time they were coming out of the turn. She competed with Gold Standard and Classic Fit at the top of the stretch. The three of them continued to move forward together, but Classic Fit eventually started to fall back with over a furlong left.

As they made their way to the line, it was Lady Apple and Gold Standard battling it out for the victory. Lady Apple was able to pull away and win the 1 1/16-mile event by a 1/2 length with jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. 

Lady Apple’s Strong 2019 Year

Lady Apple has had a good year so far in 2019 with trainer Steve Asmussen. She won the Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park in April as well as the Iowa Oaks (G3) at Prairie Meadows in July. On top of those wins, Lady Apple also finished third in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in May. 

She didn’t perform so well in the Alabama Stakes (G1) at Saratoga over a sloppy surface in August. Winning the Remington Park Oaks on Sunday helped her bounce back. 

“The only two bad races on her form were at Saratoga,” Asmussen said. “Maybe she just doesn’t handle that surface, wet or not, because she did handle the slop at Oaklawn. She’s a quality filly. This was a good win for her against a nice group of horses.”

Asmussen Breaks Record at Remington Park

The Remington Park Oaks with Lady Apple was Asmussen’s sixth win on the Oklahoma Derby Day Card on Sunday. He now holds the record for the most wins by a trainer on one racing program at Remington Park. That record was previously held by both Wade White (1993) and Asmussen. In 2017 and 2018, Asmussen had won five races on the same program three times. 

Lady Apple is owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred III and KatieRich Stables. She entered into the race as the second wagering choice with 6/5 odds, and she paid out $4.40 to win and $2.10 to place. Gold Standard, who came in as the 3/5 betting favorite, returned $2.20 to place. 

Classic Fit finished 8 1/4 lengths back from the winner to take third, and She’s Shinley finished in fourth to complete the order. Because of the small field, there was no show wagering in the Remington Park Oaks. 

Lady Apple has five wins from a total of 11 career starts. The 3-year-old filly is a two-time Horse of the Year Curlin from the Clever Trick mare Miss Mary Apples. She was bred in Kentucky by KatieRick Stables. 

The filly took $120,000 from the Remington Park Oaks on Sunday, and it increased her career earnings to $811,950.

Sunday’s race was the first win in the Remington Park Oaks for Phoenix Thoroughbred III and KatieRich Stables. Lady Apple was Asmussen’s fourth winner in the race, and Santana, Jr. was on his second horse in the event. The duo of Asmussen and Santana, Jr. have won the Oaks two years in a row. The 2018 victory was with She’s a Julie. 

With her victory on Sunday at the Remington Park Oaks, Lady Apple will look to keep impressing this year as she gets closer to the $1 million mark.