OKLAHOMA CITY -- May 28, 2018 – The abundance of 2-year-old Oklahoma-breds entered for the FL Lady Bug Stakes allowed Remington Park to split the race into two divisions, each worth $69,750. Mary Janes Hero won the opening division while Saratoga Return was victorious in the second division.

FL Lady Bug Stakes – Division 1 to Mary Janes Hero

Owned by Jermaine Jackson of Wichita, Kan. and trained by Ramon MendozaMary Janes Hero was ridden to victory by Jesus Salazar. The filly rallied for the lead then challenged Roseist for the final 100 yards before prevailing by a nose, handling the 330 yards in :16.947 over a fast track.

The win was the first in four attempts this season for Mary Janes Hero. The maiden-breaking victory in a stakes race was satisfying as her connections realized their efforts with the young filly paid off.

“We’ve just been working with her all year. She’s been having some problems in the paddock but today she pulled it off for us,” owner Jackson said. “We kept faith in her and she came out and gave us her all today.”

Roseist settled for a close second while Ivory By Choice was a length behind the winner in third. HR Desirable, the wagering favorite at 4-5 odds, was pinched by rivals at the start, finishing last.

Away at longshot betting odds of 16-1, Mary Janes Hero paid $34.40 to win, $12.80 to place and $6.20 to show. Roseist paid $11.80 to place and $5.40 to show. Ivory By Choice paid $3.80 to show.

The first victory from four starts was worth $40,050 for Mary Janes Hero, who has now earned $46,740. She was bred in Oklahoma by Carol Smith and is a daughter of Valiant Hero from the Fit To Fly mare CR Isabella.

FL Lady Bug Stakes – Division 2 to Saratoga Return

The second division of the FL Lady Bug Stakes went to Saratoga Return. The gray filly jumped out of the starting gate sharply then fended off the staunch challenge of Shez A Cartel Chick to win by a neck. Saratoga Return crossed the 330-yard finish in :16.965.

Owned by Marili Mendez of Garland, Texas and trained by Rick Robinson, Saratoga Return was ridden by Edwuin Lujan

“She’s an honest little filly and she tried her heart out from the start,” Lujan noted. “She came out of there running good, the whole way.”

Shez A Cartel Chick held second while Jess Proved Youwrong was just another neck behind in third. JS History was the betting favorite in division two at 2-1 odds, finishing fifth.

Saratoga Return was at 4-1 odds in the betting and paid $10.40 to win, $8 to place and $4 to show. Shez A Cartel Chick paid $11 to place and $6.60 to show. Jess Proved Youwrong paid $5.80 to show.

The win in division two of the FL Lady Bug Stakes, like that of Mary Janes Hero in division one, was also the first in the young career of Saratoga Return. She joined the ranks of winners in her fourth start of the season and made $40,050 to boost her overall earnings to $54,068. A daughter by High Rate Of Return from the Mr Eye Opener mare Johns Party Girl, Saratoga Return was bred in Oklahoma by Efrain Mendez.

FL Lady Bug was a prominent broodmare from the late 1940s for Hall of Fame owners and breeders Marvin and Lela Barnes of Ada, Okla.

The final three race dates of the 2018 American Quarter Horse Season at Remington Park take place Thursday thru Saturday, May 31-June 2. The first race on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 will begin at 6pm. The opening race on the final night, Saturday, June 2, starts at 5pm.


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