08/28/2013 2:07PM

Remington: Lasting Bubbles rerouted to Ricks Memorial Stakes

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Lasting Bubbles, winning the Valor Farm Stakes at Lone Star in July, will make a rare start on turf in Friday's Ricks Memorial.

Lasting Bubbles had been intended for a start in the Grade 3 Gardenia earlier this month at Ellis Park, but her schedule was disrupted and she has instead shipped to Remington Park for Friday night’s $50,000 Ricks Memorial.

The Ricks, a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares, drew a field of 10, including Soonerette, winner of last year’s Oklahoma Classics Turf Distaff at Remington, and Satin Gold, a June allowance winner at Lone Star Park.

Lasting Bubbles last raced during the Lone Star meet, winning the $50,000 Valor Farm for Texas-breds July 6. She rolled to a seven-length win in the main track sprint, and equaled her best Beyer Figure, a 96. Kevin Peek, who trains the mare from his base on a farm in Texas, said the plan was to give Lasting Bubbles a shot at graded company in the Gardenia.

“I really wanted to try her, because I think she’s capable of a step up,” he said. “But the Gardenia got away from us.”

Lasting Bubbles came out of her final prep for the Gardenia, a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 3, with inflammation in one of her ankles, Peek said. He added that diagnostics came back clean, but the decision was made to just await the Ricks.

The race will be a rare two-turn and turf start for Lasting Bubbles, who will be seeking her third stakes win of the year Friday.

“The opportunity to run on turf hasn’t come along for her much in her career,” Peek said. “Delta Downs and Oaklawn don’t have turf courses. It’s been a product of circumstance.”

In her most recent turf start, Lasting Bubbles missed by a nose in the $50,000 Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes at 7 1/2 furlongs at Lone Star on May 11. She was the favorite, but found herself farther off the pace than usual. Friday night, Lasting Bubbles figures to be prominent under jockey Fabio Arguello.

“We’d like to be up there, because of all her tactical speed,” said Peek.

◗ Remington will have its official 25th anniversary celebration during the races Monday.

◗ Remington announced Tuesday that it added nearly 20 truckloads of organic material to the track prior to its Aug. 16 opening.