FLASHING CANDY FLASHES OUT OF THE GATE TO TAKE ALLOWANCE FEATURE; TRAINER MANUEL ALMANZA, JR., JOCKEY EDWUIN LUJAN WIN 3

OKLAHOMA CITY - April 25. 2019 – Flashing Candy flashed out of the gate in the Remington Park featured allowance race Thursday night like he had been goosed. He was never really headed, let alone contested, going on to win easily.

The 3-1 favorite out of trainer Clint Crawford’s barn sped to the wire for the 350-yard feature in 17.389 seconds over a fast track for a speed index of 93 to take down the win for owner PV Quarter Horse Farms LLC of Ratliff City, Okla. Jockey Ricky Ramirez, in the saddle for the first time aboard this 3-year-old gelded son of First Moonflash, out of the Corona Cartel mare Candy Cartel, pushed the button at go and zoomed to an early lead.

It was the third win in nine races for Flashing Candy, who also has three seconds and a third. He pocketed the first-place purse money of $15,622 in the $26,900 allowance race for 3-year-olds which had never won a race other than maiden, claiming, starter or trial or had never won two races lifetime. He now has bankrolled $139,355. Flashing Candy was bred in Oklahoma by The Estate of Carl Pevehouse.

He finished three-quarters of a length in front of runner-up Iona EC, who was another three-quarters of a length ahead of third-place finisher Oaks and Honey.

Flashing Candy paid $8.20 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.40 to show. This horse looked like he might be something special last year as he won the first two races of his career, including qualifying for the $1 million Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. He ran fourth in the Rainbow Futurity, but a disqualification put him up to third place in that race in New Mexico.

Following those three races to open his career, he faced tough futurity trial-company at Ruidoso, Prairie Meadows and Will Rogers Downs and then ran second in the Oklahoma Derby trials here in his 2019 debut on March 8, but did not qualify for the finals. So, Crawford dropped him into the allowance ranks and he showed his class with the big win.

A couple of new faces also landed in the spotlight Thursday night at Remington Park as trainer Manuel Almanza, Jr., and jockey Edwuin Lujan combined to win three races. The training/riding triple came in races six, eight and 11 with winning horses A Fancy Fearless PYC, Black Cazador and Hez A Hot Secret, respectively.

Racing continues Friday night with a 12-race card with first post time of 6pm. Saturday racing also starts at 6pm, featuring the American Paint Classic Futurity. Sunday afternoon racing brings the annual Extreme Racing with the horses sharing the racetrack with camels, ostriches and zebras beginning at 1:30pm. A special program of racing is set for Monday, April 29 with action underway at 11:30am.

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