10/29/2011 7:28AM

Remington Park: Now I Know stays undefeated with Oklahoma Classics Night win

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Now I Know improves her record to 4 for 4 in the Lassie.

Now I Know is now 4 for 4 after winning her stakes debut by a widening 9 1/4 lengths in Friday night’s $90,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie. The race was one of eight Oklahoma-bred stakes worth a cumulative $1 million on the richest night of the meet at Remington Park.

Now I Know ($3.80) broke with the field in the Lassie, but quickly moved to the lead in the six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies and was unchallenged through fractions of 21.73 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.88 for the half-mile. She drew out through the stretch, while covering the distance on a fast track in 1:09.74.

“She got a little more comfortable earlier in this race,” said Perry Compton, the regular rider on Now I Know. “She relaxed a lot sooner. She went fairly easy the whole race.”

Trainer Don Von Hemel co-bred and co-owns Now I Know with Wayne Stockseth. Von Hemel has guided the filly through a perfect Remington meet, as she has won a maiden special weight, two allowances and now the Lassie, by a combined margin of 17 1/2 lengths.

“It worked out real well,” Von Hemel said of Friday night’s results. “We’re just happy it turned out like this.”

Now I Know picked up $47,580 for the win to improve her earnings $116,721.

Ransom Roberto gives connections a double

Ransom Roberto gave owner Steve Martin, trainer Wilson Brown and jockey Jose Medina a stakes double on the night when he closed from 20 lengths back to win the $175,000 Classic. Earlier on the card, the connections teamed together with Ted’s Folly, who won his fourth consecutive race in the $130,000 Juvenile.

Ransom Roberto ($3.80) lagged off the pace early in the mile and a sixteenth Classic, and finished fast for a 1 3/4-length win over defending champ J J’s Indy. The winner covered the distance in 1:44.14. It was the second win a row for Ransom Roberto, who won a Remington allowance by more than four lengths Oct. 8 then was supplemented to the Classic.

Ted’s Folly ($6) closed from last to take the Juvenile by a neck over Star’s Valentino. The winner covered six furlongs in 1:10.64. Medina said the wins were his first stakes victories in about five years. 

Quinonez sweeps turf races

Jockey Luis Quinonez swept the two grass stakes on the card, with Capture the Flag ($29) in the $130,000 Turf and In the Band ($13.40) in the $130,000 Distaff Turf.

In the Band led throughout for a three-quarter-length win over Miranda Diane.

“She ran a great race,” Quinonez said of In the Band, who he rode for trainer Brent Charlton. “She had running on her mind. She broke so sharp.”

Charlton co-owns In the Band with Red Head Racing.

Capture the Flag held for a head win in a three-way photo in the Turf.

“It was great,” said Quinonez, noting he had to move the horse earlier than usual because of slow early fractions in the Turf.

Joe Offolter trains Capture the Flag for Tuscany House Stables.

* She’s All In ($2.60) won the $130,000 Distaff for the second consecutive year when she closed fast for a one-length win over Okie Blonde. Glen Murphy was aboard for Robert Zoellner and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

* Okie Ride ($2.80) has now won five of his last six starts after he wired the field in the $130,000 Sprint. He covered six furlongs in 1:09.51, with Floyd Wethey aboard for Richter Family Trust and trainer Kenneth Nolen.

* Gleaming ($5.20) rallied for a length and a half win over Vertical Vision in the $130,000 Filly and Mare Sprint. Cliff Berry rode the winner for the partnership of Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch and trainer Bret Calhoun. Gleaming covered six furlongs in 1:10.06.