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Oklahoma City's Adventure District
Owners: Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider (St. Louis, MO)
Trainer: Al Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Morning Line Odds: 6/5
A three-time derby winner, having scored in the Grade 3 Illinois at Hawthorne; the Grade 2 West Virginia at Mountaineer and the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. Trainer Al Stall, Jr. left Departing at Louisiana Downs with the Oklahoma Derby in mind, in order to avoid shipping the gelding back to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. and then sending him to Oklahoma City, cutting down on the extra travel stress to the horse.
Stall has indicated the Oklahoma Derby will probably be the final race in 2013 for Departing as the connections will plot a campaign as a 4-year-old after Sunday’s race.
Departing has finished worse than third only once in his eight career starts, a sixth-place run behind Oxbow in this year’s Preakness Stakes.
The owners and Stall are seeking their first win in the Oklahoma Derby.
Jockey Robby Albarado has been up for the West Virginia and Super Derby wins. He seeks his first Oklahoma Derby, having finished third in 2002 aboard A. P. Five Hundred, behind winner The Judge Sez Who.
Departing is one of two horses in the Oklahoma Derby bred by his owners with Carve the other.
Claiborne Farm, one of the most historic in all North American racing history, has been connected to many of the sport’s greats, including Secretariat, who stood his entire career as a stallion at the Paris, Ky. farm.