Jockey D.B. Fletcher was 0-for-50 in his career, coming into Thursday night's races at Remington Park, according to Equibase statistics.
He was named to ride two horses at this Oklahoma City track on the night, catching a 67-1 first time starter in the third race named Concordes Flash and a 112-1 horse named Darby Says See Ya in the fifth race.
So 0-for-52 then? Guess again. Fletcher came flying down the stretch on Concordes Flash, from dead last to blow by seven horses, winning by two lengths in a 7-furlong, $7,500 maiden claiming race, for the first win of his career. This 4-year-old filly by Concorde's Future was making her first start for trainer Veronica Griggs and owner/breeder Rebecca D. Veith of Nowata, Okla. She rewarded her backers with a $137.20 win payoff on a $2 bet.
Here's the rub on this amazing longshot. After digging into the pedigree of Concorde's Flash, some even more incredible statistics popped up. His sire, Concorde's Future, stands for a $500 stud fee and was 25 years old when Concordes Flash was foaled, and hadn't had a winner on the racetrack since 2003.
His longshot daughter wasn't showing much on paper coming into her first start. About the only thing one could hang their hat on was that Griggs has put up some good numbers in the maiden claiming ranks, winning with about 11 percent of her starters.
There were four workouts for Concordes Flash, all slow, at best, at five furlongs. She went 1:04.13 seconds for five furlongs handily on Nov. 1, which was the 11th fastest of 14 who worked that distance on that morning. She followed that up with three subsequent workouts – 1:04.98 handily (sixth of seven) on Nov. 8, 1:04.17 handily from the gate on Nov. 15 (15th of 17), and 1:04.96 handily from the gate Nov. 23 in her final prep. And she ran just like her workouts for the first half of a mile. She was dwelling in last for the first quarter-mile about 10 lengths back of the front runners. She had moved up to seventh after a half-mile.
Then her daddy's bloodlines must have kicked in. By the top of the stretch she was third, only two lengths back of Lil Money, the wagering favorite at 7-5 odds, and Jianna's Pal. They ran second and third, respectively, after the 4-year-old red streak flew past them to the wire.
Fletcher's record went from 50 starts, zero wins, three seconds and three thirds with $28,524 career earnings to 52-1-3-3 for $34,396.
Concordes Flash paid $137.20 to win, $54.40 to place, $25 to show. She earned $5,787 for Veith.
Concordes Flash also keyed a gigantic payoff in the 50-cent Pentastic Pick 5 in the first five races on the card. The winners were Flyrtie Rockette (1-5 odds in the first), Another Bond Girl (9-5 in the second), Concordes Flash (67-1 in the third), Vizzy (7-5 in the fourth) and Little Annie (6-1 in the fifth) for a return of $4,541.50.
Darby Says See Ya ran eighth of nine horses in the fifth for Fletcher.
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