Asmussen Wins Third Remington Park Oaks With She’s A Julie

The more things change, the more they stay the same as the nation’s leading trainer Steve Asmussen won the Grade 3 $200,000 Remington Park Oaks on Sunday for the third time, this one with She’s a Julie, a filly named for his wife.

He also won the race in 2005 (More than Promised) and 1999 (Carlitta) when the race was run at a mile on the turf. But this one is special with the 3-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality, out of the Dubai Millennium mare Kydd Gloves, being named for his better half. No one smiled bigger in the winner’s circle photo than Asmussen’s wife Julie. The filly was bred in Kentucky by Godolphin.

It was also the fourth stakes win of the night for the duo of Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana on their way to a record five stakes win in a single night of thoroughbred racing here. They combined for four stakes wins on this day here last year.

“I have a lot of confidence in that filly and today she proved that she’s amazing,” said Santana, who pulled away from the competitors to win by a length and a half as the 4-5 favorite.

Santana was somewhat concerned that his filly might relax a little too much when she made the lead.

“Every time she feels the competition, she keep’s going, she’s one of the fillies who leaves everything on the track,” Santana said. “She always tries hard. When we turned for home on the lead, I got a little scared because I don’t feel nobody around me but when she didn’t feel the company, she just kept going.”

Remedy, at 9-1, ran a big race to get second, a nose ahead of third-place finisher Cosmic Burst at 7-2. 

She’s a Julie sat second the first half of the race just off the flank of Remedy, setting the pace, and took over at the top of the stretch. She covered the 1-1/6 miles in 1:43.36 over a fast track and paid $3.80 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. The $2 exacta paid $25.40, the 50-cent trifecta $18.25, and 10-cent superfecta with Hold Her Tight fourth was worth $20.89.

Santana’s thoughts behind why this day and racetrack produces multiple stakes wins every year were fairly simple.

“First I have to thank Steve (Asmussen) and his amazing horses,” the country’s ninth-leading rider in money earned said. “I’m just really blessed that I can ride them here.”

She’s a Julie earned $120,000 for owners Whispering Oaks Farm LLC, Team Hanley, Bradley Thoroughbreds and Madaket Stables LLC of Carencro, La., and now has won four times in 10 lifetime starts for a bankroll of $450,530. She also has two second-place finishes and one third.

She also was an easy winner in the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows on July 5 before running a competitive second in the Grade 1 $600,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga in upstate New York in August.

Tracked by more than 145,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,700 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $200 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Remington Park is home to the $1,000,000 Oklahoma Classics Night for Oklahoma-breds on Friday, Oct. 19. Remington Park is located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, Remington Park is in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.

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