It was quite an unusual day for trainer Danny Pish Tuesday afternoon at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. With four starters on the card, Pish's runners won two races in not one, but two dead heats.
In the third race Okbyeceya, a 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief and Perfect Poet could not be separated at the wire. Three races later, it was the same outcome when And She Scores and Theboyzgalaxy finished in unison.
“I've never had two dead-heats on the same day,” stated Pish. “In my previous 25 years of training, I've only had three, so it was a pretty crazy thing. But a win is a win!”
Okbyeceya, owned by GFB Racing LLC, was ridden by Emanuel Nieves. It was the fifth win in 19 starts for the Kentucky-bred.
“I claimed her for $8,000 at Oaklawn Park,” explained Pish. “She's a little trouper kind of filly.”
He was equally impressed with Champion Racing Stable, Inc.'s And She Scores, who dug in gamely under leading rider Richard Eramia. It was just the second victory for the 3-year-old filly by Even the Score.
“Usually when a horse is on the outside and gaining, they will win,” Pish said of #7 Theboyzgalaxy. “But And She Scores (#5) was so gritty; she would not give up.”
It was the second career victory for Theboyzgalaxy, a 4-year-old daughter of Greeley's Galaxy, owned and trained by Ronnie P. Ward.
Albert Salmon's Perfect Poet scored for trainer Joseph P. Smith. The 3-year-old Oxbow filly was ridden by Gerardo Mora.
Pish has now won seven races at Louisiana Downs. He is currently the fifth leading conditioner at Lone Star Park. Earlier this year, he ran horses at Oaklawn Park, Sam Houston Race Park, Fair Grounds and Remington Park. Pish, who has won titles at each of the Texas racetracks, has a staff of 40; assistant Kevin Scholl oversees the Louisiana Downs string.
Born in Yoakum, Texas, Pish, 52, became a trainer after competing in the junior and professional rodeo circuits where his top event was bull riding.
“I grew up rodeoing,” said Pish. “I was addicted to it before I could truly fathom the danger!”
He began training Thoroughbreds in 2005. He has started over 13,000 horses with a record of 2,246 wins; 2,029 seconds; 1,895 third-place finishes and $33 million in earnings.
Weekday racing is far from ordinary at Louisiana Downs. The biggest win payout of the 2018 Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred meet came on Monday, June 4 when Glory Be Truewon the sixth race at odds of 72-1 and returned $146.60 for the $2.00 win bet. Longshot players were rewarded handsomely with Mr Lexis ($64.60) winning the sixth race; Glory Be True ($146.60) captured the seventh and Bear Down Baby ($48.40) closing out the late Pick 3 for a 50-cent payout of $7,634.55.
Stay tuned for more of the out of the ordinary at Louisiana Downs, and of course, the running of the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby on Sunday, September 2.
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