DTL CHASIN TALE WINS SECOND STAKES RACE IN ROW, TAKING DOWN VICTORIA ENNIS MEMORIAL

OKLAHOMA CITY - April 27, 2019 – Owner Dean Lester of DTL Teel Partnership in Skiatook, Okla., is hoping with all fingers crossed that DTL Chasin Tale is the gelding to break the dark clouds that have followed the offspring of his dam, Shez Showin Off.

If the last two outings for the 2-year-old are any indication, the silver lining is beginning to form in that dark cloud. DTL Chasin Tale won the $157,578 Oklahoma Paint & Appaloosa Futurity at Remington Park on March 23 and then came back Friday to win his second stakes in a row, getting up late on the outside to score in the $25,579 Victoria Ennis Memorial Stakes here.

“I owned his mother and she produced some real runners that were colts, but they all had dark clouds that followed them,” said Lester. “His mother was a world champion. This one is turning out real nice, so we’re hoping he breaks that pattern.”

Jockey Cody Smith rode this gelding, whose maternal grandsire was SF Royal Quick Flash, in all three of his races and was only a neck away from being three-for-three. He had to close like a bullet to get to the line three-quarters of a length in front of runner-up Banking on Kool, who was a longshot at 28-1 odds. The winning time was 16.779 seconds for DTL Chasin Tale, who earned a speed index of 90 for the win over the fast track at Remington Park.

“He kind of false broke,” said Smith, “so it wasn’t the best break, but he finishes awesome. You can’t beat two-for-two in stakes races.”

Trainer Matt Whitekiller said he’s turning out to be a pretty nice horse.

“He’s classy,” Whitekiller said. “Easy to keep. Does everything you ask of him. This worked out well for a prep for the next set of trials. We’ll use this as a work.”

DTL Chasin Tale went off as the even-money wagering favorite and paid $4 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show, a far cry from the 9-1 odds he was bet to in the Oklahoma Paint/Appaloosa Futurity. Lovin De Capo (14-1 odds) ran third Saturday night, a head back of the second-place finisher. With the two longshots getting in behind the winner, the 50-cent trifecta was worth a generous $223.35.

DTL Chasin Tale, a 2-year-old Paint gelding, was bred in Oklahoma by Dean &/Or Tonya Lester. He is by Wagon Tales (qh) from the SF Royal Quick Flash mare Shez Showin Off. Earning $14,835 for the effort, DTL Chasin Tale has now made $78,843 over this three races this season.

The DTL Chasin Tale win provided Whitekiller and Smith with their second career victory in the Victoria Ennis Memorial. They teamed up to win with multiple Paint World Champion, Painted Turnpike, in 2015. The Victoria Ennis Memorial is named in honor of the Oklahoman who was a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club Hall of Fame and was a prominent breeder and owner for many years before her passing in 2009.

Racing continues Sunday at Remington Park with a nine-race card that starts at 1:30 p.m. The day includes Extreme Racing with Clydesdales, ostriches, camels and zebras between actual horse races.

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