JACKPOT BELLS GO OFF FOR LONGSHOT PLAYERS AS JESSIE MARIE PULLS OFF LARGE UPSET IN EASY DATE STAKES AT REMINGTON PARK

OKLAHOMA CITY - April 21, 2019 – It was a night for longshot players at Remington Park and the biggest upset of all came in the $72,750 Easy Date Stakeswhen 38-1 bomb Jessie Marie made the lights pop like lightning on the toteboard.

 

What may be the most amazing statistic of all in this 5-year-old mare’s victory is that coming into Saturday’s night’s stakes race, she had raced at Remington Park nine times and won six of those. Still, Jessie Marie was ignored in the wagering and allowed to drift up to be the second-longest shot on the board. At one point in 2018, this daughter of Spit Curl Jess, out of the PYC Paint Your Wagon mare Traffic Wagon, won four races in a row in Oklahoma City.

Still, the best effort on the form of Jessie Marie in stakes-company, going back to 2017, was a third-place finish at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. At the distance of 350 yards she had only won one of seven. It all came together for her Saturday night when jockey Edwuin Lujan popped her out of the gate a sluggish sixth and then passed them like they were all standing still to get to the finish line a head in front of runner-up, and wagering favorite at 4-5odds, Curls Happy Wagon.

Running time for the winner was 17.603 seconds on a fast track for a speed index of 87. Jessie Marie, owned by Palomino Trucking Inc. of Oklahoma City and trained by Manuel Almanza, would not be denied, paying $79.40 to win, $16.60 to place and $9.80 to show. She earned $41,250 for the win and now stands at 19 starts, nine wins, one second and three thirds for $128,115 in earnings. 

Jessie Marie was bred in Oklahoma by Dolores Hill.

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