For Immediate ReleaseSaturday, November 1, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - Stakes-quality fillies and mares flew around six furlongs in Saturday's $32,500 optional allowance feature at Remington Park with Princess Bianconi flashing speed and holding on to win by a half-length.
Owned by Clyde & Bobbye Stipe of McAlester, Okla. and trained by Lynn Chleborad, Princess Bianconi was ridden by Alex Birzer. After a quick start, Princess Bianconi quickly grabbed the lead she would never relinquish. Leading by a length out of the turn, the 4-year-old filly held off the late threat by the 4-5 wagering favorite Tora to win in 1:10.05 over the fast track.
At 5-2 in the wagering, Princess Bianconi paid $7.20 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Tora pair $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Aronia was third and paid $2.60 to show.
The win was the fifth from 22 career starts for Princess Bianconi who won her first-ever race at Remington Park in her eighth local attempt. A daughter of Bianconi from the Conquistador Cielo mare Princesa Del Cielo, Princess Bianconi made $19,500 for the win to run her overall total to $126,809.
Remington Park opens at 10 a.m. on Sunday for casino gaming and simulcast racing, featuring a Pick 6 Carryover at Hollywood Park of $126,285. The first of nine Remington Park thoroughbred events is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.