05/19/2012 5:09PM

Will Rogers Downs: Miranda Diane, Fitzhugh Flash win stakes


Miranda Diane put in another memorable Will Rogers Downs performance on Saturday, when she drew out to a 13 1/4-length win in the $55,000 RPDC Classic Distaff. It was her ninth local win from 12 starts at the Claremore, Okla., track. The Distaff was one of two stakes on the card.

In the $55,000 Cherokee Nation Classic Cup, Fitzhugh Flash ($12.40) darted up the rail for a three-quarter-length win over Oakie Flash. Both races were run at one mile and 70 yards and were for Oklahoma-breds. The RPDC Classic Distaff was for fillies and mares and the Cherokee Nation Classic Cup was for 3-year-olds and up.

Miranda Diane ($4.20) tracked the early pace set by Miss Natalie, overtook that one and opened up on the field through the stretch to cover the distance on a track rated fast in 1:44.19. Nena Matz rode Miranda Diane for B & S Racing and trainer Shane Seaton.

Miss Natalie safely held second, finishing 2 3/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Lesley Be Judged.

Miranda Diane has now won 12 of 30 career starts. She earned $32,260 for the Distaff score, to bring her total earnings to $379,914.

In the Cherokee Nation, Fitzhugh Flash overtook Oakie Flash and pacesetter Fifth Date to cover the distance in 1:46.31. Benny Landeros rode Fitzhugh Flash for the partnership of M. Marshel Bennett and Rogers County Equine and trainer Andy Gladd. Fitzhugh Flash won his first stakes in the Cherokee Nation, to improve his record to 5 for 16 for earnings of $90,034.