By Meredith Daugherty
Ayear and a month since the day he claimed his first graded win in the Lambholm South Tampa Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs, Quip finally found his way back to the winner’s circle to take the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 13 at Oaklawn Park.
Pioneer Spirit was asked for early speed from the gate by jockey Luis Saez and took the lead just off the rail in the two path, tracked by Remembering Rita and Chris and Dave through the half-mile in :47.96. Quip stalked the pace from fourth, three wide on the backstretch, before moving up to make a bid as they approached the far turn.
“He broke really clean,” Ortiz said. “He put in a good position early, but I had to fight with Joel Rosario (on Giant Expectations) to keep I got a lucky I had the horse. Last time, they went really fast off the layoff. Quip was very game and never let them by him.”
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