Flippant Gives Vicki Oliver Another Saturday Stakes Win At Ellis

In the first running of the $100,000 Kentucky Downs TVG Preview Dueling Grounds Oaks, Flippant and jockey Rafael Bejarano upset the field to give trainer Vicki Oliver yet another win at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., Saturday.

“I know Flippant was taking a step up off a maiden race, but she was experienced enough to run against this kind of company,” said Oliver, referring to the filly’s five prior starts. “We trained the mare (Frivolous), she was a really classy mare. She (Flippant) deserved to be in stakes company, and she proved it.”

After stumbling at the start, Flippant steadied and settled well off the pace, leaving Stillchargingmaria to set a representative pace followed loosely by Takntothecleaners. By the top of the stretch, Caldee and Flippant engaged each other with Flippant gaining the ultimate advantage by a half-length.

“This horse ran a tremendous race today,” said Bejarano, who was aboard on Flippant’s three-length maiden victory at 1 1/4 miles. “Today, there was a lot of speed. The track played really fair today for horses that came from behind. We had a beautiful trip after having a bad break from the gate. I just got her set and tried to get her relaxed. She did good and kept running in the end. Definitely, she was 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 earnings to $115,109. Flippant went off 3-1 paying $8.20 to win while covering the distance in 1:39.56.

Asked about winning three races, Oliver said: “Oh, it’s unbelievable. The last time I won three in a day was at The Meadowlands a long, long time ago (2006), when they had one of those all-day turf days.”

She said winning two stakes in a day was a first.

“Never done that, so that’s exciting,” she said. “But these two fillies are really, really nice fillies and so is the filly who won earlier, which I think is a stakes horse as well. So it’s fun being loaded-up for Kentucky Downs.”

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