Remember Ike breezes to Stormy Blue victory Kentucky filly outruns Victorica by four lengths

August 02, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

She was sold to Oxford Stable for $250,000 as a yearling in Kentucky and yesterday she demonstrated why.

Remember Ike turned the $100,000 Stormy Blues Breeders' Cup into a rout at Laurel Park, pulling away for a four-length victory over Victorica.

King Leatherbury was in charge of the three-day handling of Remember Ike, who was shipped into Laurel from Churchill Downs on Wednesday and familiarized herself with the track.

"I was just doing [trainer Tom Amoss] a favor," said Leatherbury, who appeared in the winner's circle for the presentation. "She did everything she was supposed to do."

In a field of talented invaders, Remember Ike laid off a sizzling pace, then "gave me some kind of explosive kick when I asked her to go," winning jockey Mark Johnston said.

After circling four wide at the quarter pole, the Gulch filly roared past tiring front-runners Above The Light and Merengue and was never seriously threatened.

The best bid came from Victorica, who beat Remember Ike handily in the National Jockey Club Oaks at Sportsman's Park in April. It wasn't nearly enough as Victorica was more pressed with holding off favored Thunder Kitten, who was running in her first stakes.

"The race set up perfectly for a rider like Mark Johnston," Leatherbury said. "He sat on her until he needed to move and never took out his stick."

Amoss, who retired Preakness runner Hot Wells for the year because of a bowed tendon, said by telephone: "I knew she was an improving filly, but a notch below the rest."

Jockey Edgar Prado said Victorica "didn't really have any excuse".

"I asked her to make a move on the turn and she responded fTC gamely," he said. "But Mark [Johnston] was coming up beside me and I could see his horse was running easily. My filly tried to run with him, but we just got outrun."

Remember Ike has taken five of her past seven races, including the Mesquite Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park in early June.

Amoss has not determined where she will start next.

Testerman's first-timers

Trainer Valora Testerman scored a rare feat Friday when both her 2-year-olds won "baby" races as first-time starters.

Included was Noble Feat, a filly by Well Decorated out of Wendy's Moment, who won at 23-1 odds.

In the final race of the card, Great Woods caught and passed Pleasant Gent just before the wire to win by a neck at 3-1 odds.

Simulcast adjustments

Tomorrow and Tuesday are both simulcast days at Laurel Park and Pimlico, but beginning next week Monday will be the new simulcast day for August.

Tuesdays will become dark days on Aug. 11, 18 and 25 before Laurel closes for the 10-day fair meeting at Timonium.

Laurel continues to be open for Sunday night simulcasting.

Pub Date: 8/02/98

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