For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 23, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY - Approved Bluff tried turf racing for the first time in her career in a stakes race, coming home a solid second in last month's Oklahoma Classics Filly & Mare Turf. Her next try over the lawn was in company away from state-bred runners in Thursday's $33,190 allowance feature. She handled the test with a hard-fought win.
Owned by Vickie Fixley and trained by Joe Petalino, Approved Bluff sat just off the pace through the first half of the 7-1/2 furlongs over the good course before making her move. Under Eddie Martin, Jr., the gray 3-year-old filly made her bid for the lead as the field left the final turn, jumping past the pace-setting Jettin Twister.
In the lane, Approved Bluff moved out to a lead by more than three lengths. She then had to fend off late runs by both Dynamic Temper and Cherryberry to win by a neck in 1:32.52.
The wagering favorite at 3-2 odds, Approved Bluff paid $5 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Dynamic Temper returned $7.40 to place and $5.40 to show. Cherryberry paid $4.20 to show.
A 3-year-old gray filly, Approved Bluff is an Oklahoma-bred daughter of Pine Bluff from the With Approval mare Approved Anthem. She won her second career event from six attempts. Both lifetime wins have taken place at Remington Park. The winner's share of $20,080 boosted her overall earnings to $64,970.
Friday simulcast racing at Remington Park features the five stakes races comprising the Breeders' Cup Ladies Day. A total of $8 million is on the line in the events from Santa Anita, starting at 2:30 p.m.
Fans can advance wager on all of the Saturday Breeders' Cup races while at Remington Park on Friday.
Remington Park's Friday night program gets underway at 6:30 p.m.